Wild Food Challenge celebrates the raw environment

A food challenge ''for the people, by the people'' will be staged in Glenorchy this month, encouraging entrants to whip up a wild food feast, simultaneously promoting understanding, appreciation and sustainability of the environment.

The Wild Food Challenge will be held in Glenorchy on February 22.

It will be judged by chef Greg Piner, of Pier 24 and St Clair Hotel, farmer/hunter/cook Mark Hasselman, of Glenorchy, and the winner of last year's challenge, Rachel Holmes-Libbis.

The competition was founded in 2008 with challenges held in the North and South islands, Finland, the United States, the French Alps and Hawaii.

Designed to show the resourcefulness of people living in communities where wild food was abundant, entrants were encouraged to create the best dish with at least one wild ingredient.

The competition was open to restaurants, caterers, home cooks, fishermen and ''hunter-gatherers'', with $3000 of prizes on offer.

The more effort a participant had gone to to source their wild ingredient, or the more local ingredients they used, the more points.

Dishes were judged on ingredients, taste, effort and

presentation, and all entries were anonymous to the judges.

Prize categories include the grand prize, runner-up and wildest dish, the biggest effort, best ocean dish, best land dish and best kids dish and the ''Hemingway Award for best story''.

Organisers promote understanding, appreciation and sustainability of wild resources, believing the deeper individuals ventured into their environment, the more motivation there was to protect it.

The Glenorchy event would be held at the GY Cafe on February 22 from 3pm. To register, email info@localwildfoodchallenge.com.

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