HOKITIKA WILDFOODS FESTIVAL
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.