Organisers of the worldwide series of Local Wild Food
Challenges have been "amazed" by the passion and creativity
seen at the weekend's inaugural Glenorchy event, and want to
reoeat it next year.
The competition challenged people to create the best dish
they could featuring at least one wild ingredient and drew 23
competitors and many more spectators to the Glenorchy Cafe on
Organiser Bill Manson, of the United States, said the event
had been a success, "with local people coming to celebrate
their good fortune to be here in Glenorchy".
He held the first competition off the east coast of the
United States in 2008 at Martha's Vineyard, Eastbourne, and
has started another leg of the challenge in Finland.
The contest's aim is to get people out into the wild and to
think about the connection between their food and the
However, in the challenges to date he said he had not seen
the likes of what Glenorchy produced.
"It was incredible - these guys spent so much time and put so
much imagination into gathering the food and coming up with
Shaun Fa'Amalepe, of Arrowtown, was the overall winner with
his dish of poached fillet of lemon sole and muttonbird duo
sourced from a hunting expedition to Southland and Titi
Island, near Stewart Island.