Fishy dishes on offer at festival

Taste of the Chathams is coming to Timaru

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ
CHATHAM DELICACIES: Clare Hill and son Vaughan, with his daughter Isobel, will be selling Chatham Islands paua and whitebait at the South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival.

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A taste of the Chathams is coming to Timaru for tomorrow's South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival.

Clare Hill will be serving Chatham Islands paua and whitebait fritters off her Squawking Gulls food truck. It's a family affair for Mrs Hill, whose son, Vaughan, moved to Timaru a year ago.

Her husband does all the cooking and granddaughter Isobel, 7, will be helping out behind the counter as well.

The Hill family are Chatham Islands-born and bred but Mrs Hill and her husband now live in Christchurch.

They spend 10 weeks whitebaiting on the West Coast and get the paua direct from the Chathams.

Mrs Hill said everything is homemade, right down to the dressing, which is made from lemons off their tree.

The name Squawking Gulls came from the first food festival Mrs Hill was involved in eight years ago, serving seagulls and cooked seagull eggs at the Hokitika wild food festival.

The Squawking Gulls travel to different food festivals from Nelson to Oamaru but this is their first time serving here.

They won't be the only new food on display tomorrow.

Festival co-organiser Carol Angland said they have one of the best collections of food stalls yet, with several of Timaru's newer restaurants taking part. "It's going to be hard to choose what to have."

Ms Angland said ticket sales have been increasing over the last couple of days as people have started to see the sun come out. However, most people tend to buy them on the day.

Everything is going to plan and tents for the event are being put up today.

Ms Angland said the amount raised varied from year to year but they hoped to raise $30,000 for South Canterbury Hospice.

The festival starts at 11am tomorrow at the Timaru Botanic Gardens.

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- The Timaru Herald

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