Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wildfoods weekend!

This weekend we travelled to the east coast for the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika, New Zealand. We left Friday morning and drove to Arthur's Pass National Park, about 2-3 hours away. This was where our house was that we would sleep in Friday and Saturday night.. the festival on Saturday was only about an hour and a half beyond that. 

On the way to Arthur's Pass we stopped at Castle Hill, a common bouldering area. There was a lot of rock formations to climb on, and the views were spectacular. We lucked out as well, as the weather was clear and hot. Of course we were told to pack warm and I did not bring any shorts with me... but it all worked out okay. 

Later that day we arrived in Arthur's Pass and had some time to explore before dinner. We were told of a short hike not far from the house up to a waterfall called Devil's Punchbowl. It was mostly a stair climb, but totally worth it. We all decided to swim in the waterfall which was freezing cold, especially due to all the wind and mist coming off of it. Thankfully it was a warm day and we dried off alright. 

Finally on Saturday we made it to the Wildfoods Festival. While it had a lot of good, normal food there was of course "wild" foods. I ate grubs, fried shark, honeycomb, and sheep brain. The shark was definitely my favorite and was legitimately really good. It was a great weekend of good food, beautiful landscapes and sunburns. 

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