A local take on the West Coast’s famous wild food celebration returns this Saturday.
Glenorchy is having its own Wild Food Challenge, inviting professional and amateur entrants to have a go at creating dishes from wild ingredients found locally.
Competition founder Bill Manson says anyone can have a go.
Contestants can make any kind of dish they want – hot, cold, liquid, frozen – as long as it includes at least one wild ingredient.
However, the more local and wild the ingredients the better, Manson says.
The stories from contestants on how they procured their ingredients are as important as the taste of the dish itself, Manson adds.
“The competition is designed to encourage an understanding of people’s relationship with our environment and highlight local skills in hunting, gathering, fishing, cooking and foraging.”
Last year, the winner of the inaugural Glenorchy Wild Food Challenge was local chef Shaun Fa’amelepe, who has previously worked at Saffron in Arrowtown and Euro in Auckland. He’s back for the competition this year as a judge.
Fa’amelepe, now head chef at the new Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro on Frankton Road, prepared a poached fillet
of South Coast lemon sole and Titi Island Muttonbird duo with Sorrel sauce and wild watercress.
All you need to know
What: Glenorchy Wild Food Challenge
When: Saturday, 3pm to 7pm
Where: Glenorchy Cafe
Cost: Free (entrants, donation (spectators)