Hokitika woman Claire Bryant instigated the very first celebration of local wild foods. Her wine cellar was very well stocked with a home brew of West Coast gorse flower wine and people were clamoring for a taste of her rose petal brew. So … why not a festival celebrating the tastes of the wild West Coast!
The event also coincided with the 125th anniversary celebration of the birth of Hokitika in March 1990. Locals and the rest of New Zealand were captured by the magic of the idea – a celebration of Hokitika and the wild foods of the West Coast.
The Wild Foods Festival is traditionally held on the second Saturday in March, but you can check the Wild Foods Festival website for more information and the next event date.
Spend the day at Hokitika and avoid the rush by heading back to Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park for some peace and quiet.