Eels and chocolate-coated spiders on menu

21:32, Sep 03 2013
Southern Wild Food Festival
READY FOR WILD FOOD: Southern Wild Food Festival organisers, from the Rotary Club of Invercargill, are from left, Murray Halstead, Mark Bain, Alice Pottinger, Tim Shadbolt (honorary member), Eirwen Harris, Jan McAra and Ross Wensley.

The Southern Wild Food Festival at Stadium Southland in February will cost southern ratepayers $45,000 to put on.

Event organisers, the Rotary Club of Invercargill, yesterday launched a festival logo, website and Facebook page.

Rotary president Mark Bain said the Invercargill City Council had committed $30,000 towards the festival, along with Venture Southland's previously announced $15,000.

The Venture money would pay an event manager to organise the festival, named yesterday as Alice Pottinger - the rotary club's events co-ordinator.

Sponsors were coming forward, Mr Bain said.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, an honorary rotary member, said he "always felt a bit uneasy about pinching someone else's intellectual property," in reference to the long-running Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.


"But they assure me Hokitika don't mind.

"I prefer original ideas, but I guess if you are following a theory that works you have probably got more chance because a lot of the marketing is done for you."

January and February were dull periods for events in Southland and a wildfood festival may get people back from their Central Otago holidays, Mr Shadbolt said.

City councillor Neil Boniface, a rotary club member, said the aim was also to attract people from outside the region.

Profits made by the rotary club at the first festival on February 15 would be given to the Rape and Abuse Support Centre Southland.

Food on offer at the festival would be left up to the imagination of the stallholders, but already locked in were delicacies featuring eel and swede and chocolate-coated spiders.


The Southern Wild Food Festival website can be found at or The Southern Wild Food Festival also has a Facebook page. 

The Southland Times