A few weeks ago, I was quite adamant to everybody that I would not consider doing a shot of horse semen. I would not even go within 10 meters of the stall. On the day, however, it was a completely different story.
Let me explain..
|..All the cool kids were doing it (Horse semen shots -$10)|
|Live Huhu Grubs -$2 each|
|He made me eat the bigger half..|
|Cooked Huhu grubs|
|Pan fried Huhu Grubs -$1 small, $2 medium, $5 large|
|Asia wasn't a fan|
|Venison Sausages -$5 for 2. These are seriously good. Each one is as long as my arm|
|Wild Meat Sauce -$10 per bottle|
|Moen and I with our best "serious" faces|
|Liquorice straps for Africa -$2.50 for a small strip, $7 for a large strip|
|Honeycomb -$2 per piece|
|Could you resist?|
It's actually impossible to stop at one small taste. I bet there have been studies that will back up my claim. No matter what I did to keep myself busy, I could not keep my mind from straying to the small box in the kitchen so, every so often, little Lucy would walk back and take another sneaky taste. Before long, all the little spoonfuls added up to a mighty chunk. By then, it was just too obvious so I had to eat it all (and then throw away the evidence). Might as well -they can't give it away now! Needless to say, they started hiding their gifts from me even though I swore I never saw any honeycomb in the fridge.
I'm not a very good liar.
|Slow Roasted Pork on Mustard Mash and a side of Apple Sauce -$10|
|It's a Startled Worm! (Cafe)|
|Chocolate Covered Beetles -$4 each|
|Front to back: Worm and Red Bull Shots, Mini Worm Toast, Worm Truffle, Worm Sushi|
|Cheers! Worm Shots -$2|
This is us with our grasshoppers..
|Before: Grasshopper Satay -$5, Jelly Grasshopper -$4|
|After: Three people who may or may not regret their choices|
|Garlic Butter Escargo -$10 for 6|
|Ostrich Pies -$5 each|
|Here is an epic picture of a Whitebait Fritter -$5|
|Kangaroo and Crocodile Bites -$2 each|
|Colostrum Shots -$6 + loss of self worth each|
|One brave woman|
|Barbie and Ken|
|Tahr Curry -$5|
It turned that we had quite an early dinner as the festival ended at 5:30pm instead of 7:00pm like I had previously thought (yay for double and triple checking the itinerary!) and we were able to fill ourselves up on some curry and yummy strawberries and cream. It was quite nice to follow all the strange food with something slightly more normal..
|Edible Potato Bowl|
So if you're ever unsure about how to spend the best summer weather in the South Island of New Zealand, why not give Hokitika a visit? Mark the 10th of March 2012 in your diaries now, all you adventurous people and start getting your costumes ready -there's a competition! I highly recommend this festival to everyone who loves to have fun.
Except those with weak stomachs. And vegetarians. There's nothing for you here.