Southerners to walk on the wild side

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2014
Southern Wild Food Festival
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ANTLER ANGLE: Alice Pottinger, organiser of the Southern Wild Food Festival, checks out decorations for the 'Hunting and Gathering' themed festival to be held at Stadium Southland.

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Fare for the adventurous eater will be on offer at the inaugural Southern Wild Food Festival today.

Festival organiser Alice Pottinger said the event had a "Hunting and Gathering" theme and was expected to attract about 3000 people to Stadium Southland.

"I'm expecting it to be quite exciting because it's the new stadium as well."

The stadium would be decked out in a wild theme, featuring driftwood collected from Oreti Beach.

There would be many food options from the 23 stalls - including foods such as wild goat curry and squid ink risotto on offer.

It was about time Invercargill had a food event and she was looking forward to trying the chicken feet, Mrs Pottinger said.

She had, however, tried live baby octopus tentacles whose suction cups latched on to her tongue while she was eating.

Entertainment would run throughout the day with the expected highlight to be a musical performance by LipStick.

Mrs Pottinger said she was personally looking forward to the cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Richard Till.

There would also be spot prizes given out during the day and a competition for best stall.

The Rotary Club of Invercargill was organising the event with "tremendous" sponsorship from the community, Mrs Pottinger said.

Tickets, which can be bought from Stadium Southland, cost $20 for adults. Children under 16 get free admission.

Gates open at 10.30am with buses running to the event.

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