Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Tourists Going To New Zealand For The Grubs

HOKITIKA, New Zealand (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lot of tourists are heading to Hokitika, New Zealand, this week in order to get grubby – as in grubs.

The town of 3,000 kiwis will be hosting its 15th annual Wildfoods Festival on Saturday (Mar. 12) and more than 20,000 people from around the globe will be attending in order to dine on local delicacies like wasabi-flavored wasps, earthworm sushi, seagull eggs and scorpions.

Festival spokesman Bruce Lahood admits the foods sound funky but promises, taste-wise, “it’s not a nasty experience.”

Other vile-sounding vittles on the menu include steamed beetles with sandfly dressing, huhu grubs and garlic worms.

But the piece de la resistance may be the “mountain oysters” flavored with something called “testicle sauce.”

It might be hard to swallow, but the festival gets raves from foodies and Lahood says the biggest problem facing festivalgoers isn’t throwing up after a meal but figuring out what kind of wine goes best with possum pie.

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