Lonely Planet (UK) - - Secret Marvels -

I’m try­ing not to gag as I put the cock­roach into my mouth. It’s art­fully pre­sented in a dainty cup of pink jelly, but there’s no hiding that it’s a mas­sive bug. At least it’s not still alive, un­like the grasshop­pers at the next stall. The roach kept down – just – what next? Earth­worm sushi, pick­led huhu grubs, gi­ant choco­late-coated bee­tles, moun­tain oys­ters (rams’ tes­ti­cles) – the Hokitika Wildfoods Fes­ti­val is not for the faint­hearted or the weak-stom­ached. I can’t over­come my re­vul­sion enough to swal­low a huhu grub. As it is, for the rest of the day I’m pick­ing cock­roach feel­ers from be­tween my teeth. By Tracy Whit­mey

Held an­nu­ally on the sec­ond Satur­day in March in Hokitika, New Zealand. See wildfoods.co.nz.

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