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Happy crowds head to festival

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 24/02/2014
Gary Cooper
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WILD FOODS: Gary Cooper cooks up some whitebait patties at the Southern Wild Food Festival at Stadium Southland on Saturday

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Braised chicken feet are tasty, but you have to spit out the bones, Southern Wild Food Festival organiser Alice Pottinger says.

The inaugural event at the new ILT Stadium Southland attracted more than 2000 people on Saturday.

"I didn't hear one bad comment, the stall holders are happy, and people were leaving happy," Mrs Pottinger said.

"They were asking me, ‘you'll do it again next year, won't you?'."

With a wide variety of wild foods on offer, including baby octopus, haggis, whitebait patties, eel sliders and duck liver pate, Mrs Pottinger said she tried out a few of the delicacies, but her top choice was the braised chicken feet.

She had also eaten a whole chilli.

"It didn't really burn so much as that feeling you get at the back of your throat, like when you swallow peppercorns."

"It definitely sat in my belly and kept me warm for the rest of the day though," she said.

The Rotary Club of Invercargill, which organised the event, will donate money raised from the festival to the Rape and Abuse Support Centre Southland.

It was not yet known how much money had been raised.

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