Weird and wild New Zealand

fried grasshoppers on a dinner dish

When 10 March, 2012, comes around there will be one town in New Zealand that turns from a mild-mannered community into the weird food capital. From wasp larvae ice-cream to wok fried clams, Hokitika celebrates the wild food flavours of the South Island’s West Coast. Locals say to bring along your appetite for fun, but as Diana Rihl discovered, a cast iron stomach comes in handy too…

“Spending the weekend at the Wildfoods Festival has to be one of my top travel food experiences. When you combine a bunch of crazy Kiwis with too much Monteith’s Beer and heaps of crazy food, only fun can come of it! I ate grasshoppers and roaches on toast, live huhu grubs (mmmm..maggots), and worm truffles, just to name a few. I’d have to say that the Tasty Titties booth topped it all though! It was a food stand selling nothing but fried cow udders. I got to choose my serving size (A Cup, B Cup, C Cup, etc) and dipping sauce. Yum!”

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* photo by Diana Rihl

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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1 comments

Sounds like fun, but no thanks on the maggots!

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