Hokitika Wild Food Festival 2018

June 28, 2018

Hokitika Wild Food Festival 2018

If you haven't been to the Hokitika Wild Food Festival then you need to go. What a blast! Reminded me a bit of our intervarsity rugby when I was a student. A must do. I expected only drunken students but there were families with kids having a blast too, and at the concert that night, it revved up. We were there for both and loved every minute of it. 

 We managed to combine doing this festival with a short sightseeing trip.  Travelled there on the scenic route through Greymouth and then came back home along the Great Coast Road, stopping at Punakaika along the way.  

Setting up early in the morning, getting ready for the crowds. I had a quick walk around to see what was for lunch. Kangaroo and Praerie Oysters (sheeps balls), both of which I had. Snails (too tame for me), dick on a stick, nipples on a stick, huhu grubs.  Quite a choice. And loads of other delicious food.

And then the crowds came!!! Mostly dressed up in every costume you can imagine, including the Wild Theme. 

Wish I had the legs of this dude ! 

 

Had these Praerie Oysters literally hanging around next to us all day. Great bunch of guys. 

Presenting the prize for the best dressed Wild theme. 

The Bands, especially the New Zealand Army Band, rocked. I loved them the most. I think we got to hear the best of them, when there were only a few people. I'm working on putting up the videos. I'm great at biltong making but my IT sucks! 

Our stand at night. Were there until 11:30pm. 

 

Knew we would be working a full day and night so wanted to be a bit out of the way in terms of noise and drunk students so booked a camp site at the Seaview Lodge. Wow !!  What an unusual experience as it was a former mental asylum and hospital and as I walked around the only house fit for humans, it was like the only thing that had changed was the occupants. I loved it! For some, it freaked them out. I could almost imagine all the people sitting around yakking, rocking, or staring at the amazing views. 

1972 in the Asylum 

Taken from the other way. A few changes, now a backpackers dorm. Neat! 

Picnic lunch by our camping spot next to our van. 

Hokitika Gorge 

Driving back home 

Great Coast Road. 

 

 





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