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Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

Wildfoods Festival

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Updated 02/18/2014

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The annual Wildfoods Festival celebrates bush tucker (food from the bush) from the West Coast's natural food sources. Bite into such delectables as huhu grubs, grasshoppers, beetles, whitebait patties (far more mainstream), and wild pork (as in from pigs running wild in the bush, not farmed—or angry), and follow it all with gorse wine, elderflower champagne, or Monteith's bitter beer. Usually held in the second weekend of March. Book well ahead, it attracts crowds of up to 13,000, four times the local population. Go down to the beach later and watch as the bonfires light up and people dig in for the night.

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Updated 02/18/2014


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