Wildfoods Festival makes unmissable list

The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has made it into a list of the world's top unmissable festivals by travel publishers Frommers UK.

The festival, now in its 21st year, was included in the list of 300 Unmissable Festivals and Events Around the World.

Organiser Mike Keenan said global recognition was "pretty good".

"Over the years, the festival has shown there's a whole lot more to wild food than the traditional delicacies like whitebait and venison and we've become famous for delights including huhu bugs, crouching grasshoppers, mountain oysters and wasp larvae ice cream."

This year's festival, taking place next month, would feature 66 stalls, he said.

Mr Keenan said that an Australian food channel would cover the event, while English baron Lord Francis Stafford would judge its new foods section.


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