Wild Foods Festival 'on notice'

Hokitika's Wild Foods event 'on notice'

Last updated 15:30 09/03/2014

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Yesterday's Wild Food Festival could be Hokitika's last, as the event struggles to pull in the crowds. 

Festival manager Mike Keenan told Radio New Zealand the event attracted about 8,500 people in 2013, down from almost 11,000 2012.

Attendance peaked in 2003 with 22,500 festival goers and ticket sales are now capped at 15,000.

The 25-year-old festival, which is owned by Westland District Council, made a $68,000 loss last year.

Keenan told Radio New Zealand if numbers didn't improve the event may no longer have a future.

"We're on notice now that if we don't perform we could be down Skid Row I dare say."

He said the decision lies with council on whether to continue the event if there is another loss this year.

Keenan said ticket sales for yesterday's event were down, but was hoping to make up for it through gate sales.

He was rapt the weather was a stunner for the small township's biggest annual event and hoped yesterday's crowd proved large enough to ensure its ongoing future.

The festival's menu included stallion semen, crispy tarantulas and seagull eggs. 

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