HOKITIKA WILDFOODS FESTIVAL

SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

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2018 Festival

FESTIVAL 10:00am - 5:30pm / AFTER PARTY 7:30pm – 12.30am / CASS SQUARE SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

A celebration of all things wild from the West Coast, the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has something for everyone.

Festival-goers can enjoy all the usual wild treats with some exciting gourmet options now in the mix, the festival is all about exposing your palate to something new, so bring an open mind and come sink your teeth into something wild!

For the foodies there is marinated tuna, whitebait patties, gourmet sausages, smoked salmon, an assortment of game meats, a traditional Maori hangi and various international cuisines.

In 2017 the iconic Festival huhu grubs were on the menu again along with mountain oysters, duck heads, crocodile bites, fish eyes, scorpions, pork blood casserole, baby octopus, worms, deep fried pigs ears, snails and much more!

Friday night has a band on the beach, the weekend long Markets will be open on Railway Terrace. The weekend has a few other surprises in store and you can keep updated by checking out our Facebook page Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Grab your tickets, sort your accommodation or campsite, and start planning your Feral Fashion – see you in Hokitika for a great Wildfoods Weekend 9 – 11th March 2018.

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If you would like to come on board as a Stallholder for Hokitika Wildfoods Festival we invite you to fill out the application form below with your wildest of wildfood menu ideas.  

2018 Entertainers


A celebration of all things wild from the West Coast, the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has something for everyone.

We're bringing you a great line up this year on the Mainstage at the Festival and After Party with Sons of Zion, from the Netherlands My Baby, New Zealand talent The Slacks, The River Jesters, and Dee May and the Saints. We are privileged to have a return of the ever popular New Zealand Army Band – an elite military unit serving New Zealand with professional, versatile and innovative musical performance.

Hokitika Homegrown show cases our local West Coast talent: presenting Laura Sonnerveldt, The Cool Little Band, Kokatahi Band and more.

The Feral Fashion Competition has become an icon of the Wildfoods Festival with Bigger, Better Prizes. So Feral Beauties and Beasts get designing and creating to catch the Judges eye and take away those great prizes. Yes, there is a section for your Feral Flock so get creating, dig out the hot glue gun, there are lots of native and natural materials around, or even upcycle and recycle your Feral Fashion.


Sons of Zion

Sons of Zion have well and truly earned their place in the upper echelons of New Zealand music. From their humble Kiwi beginnings, to playing shows across the globe and dominating charts, Sons of Zion have amassed an impressive 12 million streams on Spotify, more than 10 million views on Youtube and 100,000-plus followers on social media. It’s a track record that has established Sons of Zion as one the southern hemisphere’s most-loved and well-respected bands.

Sons of Zion

With their fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk, the Sons of Zion are a six piece crew based in Auckland. Their live stage presence has captivated audiences all over the country with their infectious sound, a mixture of reggae groove with melodic vocals, phat dubb bass lines and heavily distorted guitar rifts…there's something for every musical taste.

My Baby

My Baby is a Dutch-New Zealand band from Amsterdam. Their music is a mix of blues, country and funk. My Baby was founded in 2012 by previous members of the Amsterdam soul band The Souldiers. My Baby is Joost van Dijck (drums), his sister Cato van Dijck (vocals) and Daniel 'Dafreez' Johnston (guitars).

The Slacks

Kiwi band The Slacks have released a brand new music video for their song 'Big Aroha' and it's featuring all things Kiwi. The music video is set in a Four Square and the lyrics include both English and Maori weaved intricately in between each other. Ka pai team! Catch the Slacks and ‘Big Aroha’ at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

The River Jesters

A modern rock quartet from Dunedin, The River Jesters spent the later half of 2016 recording their debut album "Beautiful Mire" which features new singles "Home", "Midnight Drive" and "Follow Me Down". Recently returning home after an impacting album release tour, the band are now preparing for a string of upcoming festivals.

Dee May & the Saints

Dee May and the Saints are a six piece band from Oamaru that play toe-tappin' , hip shakin' rock 'n roll, swing and rockabilly. Dee May and the Saints draw from sounds of the 1930's to the 1950s and add a modern twist.

NZ Army Band

If you have never seen these guys perform – you don’t know what you’re missing! Widely regarded as one of the top five marching Military bands in the world. Catch the New Zealand Army Band at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival and After Party.

2018 Afterparty

Hokitika Wildfoods After Party (+18 Event)


Saturday 10th March, 7:30pm to 12:30am at Cass Square

The Wildfoods ‘After Party’ has a great line up for your evening entertainment. View the schedule further below.


Get your tickets for the After Party at Eventfinda.

Sons of Zion

With their fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk, the Sons of Zion are a six piece crew based in Auckland. Their live stage presence has captivated audiences all over the country with their infectious sound, a mixture of reggae groove with melodic vocals, phat dubb bass lines and heavily distorted guitar rifts…there's something for every musical taste.

My Baby

My Baby is a Dutch-New Zealand band from Amsterdam. Their music is a mix of blues, country and funk. My Baby was founded in 2012 by previous members of the Amsterdam soul band The Souldiers. My Baby is Joost van Dijck (drums), his sister Cato van Dijck (vocals) and Daniel 'Dafreez' Johnston (guitars).

The Slacks

Kiwi band The Slacks have released a brand new music video for their song 'Big Aroha' and it's featuring all things Kiwi. The music video is set in a Four Square and the lyrics include both English and Maori weaved intricately in between each other. Ka pai team! Catch the Slacks and ‘Big Aroha’ at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

The River Jesters

A modern rock quartet from Dunedin, The River Jesters spent the later half of 2016 recording their debut album "Beautiful Mire" which features new singles "Home", "Midnight Drive" and "Follow Me Down". Recently returning home after an impacting album release tour, the band are now preparing for a string of upcoming festivals.

Dee May & the Saints

Dee May and the Saints are a six piece band from Oamaru that play toe-tappin' , hip shakin' rock 'n roll, swing and rockabilly. Dee May and the Saints draw from sounds of the 1930's to the 1950s and add a modern twist.

NZ Army Band

If you have never seen these guys perform – you don’t know what you’re missing! Widely regarded as one of the top five marching Military bands in the world. Catch the New Zealand Army Band at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival and After Party.

Demo Zone for 2018

Check out our Demo Zone for 2018!

Details for each entertainer available by hovering over the photos.

Mark Southon

After training at many Michelin star restaurants in Europe, Mark Southon embarked on his culinary
tour down under.
From there, he landed a prestigious position at Vue de Monde - Australia's top restaurant for the
past two years running. He then fell in love with our shores and has continued his illustrious career
in NZ.
After working and playing hard in Queenstown at Wai waterfront restaurant he moved to Auckland
to work at the well renowned restaurant The French Café with Simon Wright.
Head chef at the Foodstore restaurant for the last five years, he and his team have produced
amazing dishes with only the finest New Zealand produce on offer.
Now at the helm of the iconic O Connell street bistro a new challenge begins.
Mark is already a star of Five TV shows. You can see him on Food TV's The Foodstore Chefs, the
Best of NZ Food, TV One hit "Monteith's Wild Food Challenge", Foodstore gone wild and most
recently is the resident chef of "The Cafe" on tv3 in the mornings.
Mark has a genuine love for good food and always wanted to be a chef. He enjoys a laugh, even
going so far as saying Lenny Henry's TV show "Chef" was also an influence on him getting into the
business.

The Vagabond Chefs

Morgan & Andy are a couple of vagabond chefs, serious about flavour and avoiding seriousness. For the past 20 years we’ve sloshed through the high seas and trooped across expansive roads in search of it. Now, from the cosy confines of our humble food truck, the tastes of the world flow daily. 

Serving top notch street food, the Vagabonds' mantra is 'fun, fast, and friggin delish’. Based in Christchurch, our food truck menu – and location – changes daily. We're also ready to hit the road day or night to bring a bespoke menu to special events. 

All of the Vagabonds’ food comes from sustainable, ethical suppliers and – to ensure consistency – the truck features a magical arena of tech-totty: a thermal regulator, chargrill, steamers, shark-skin graters and blades so sharp even an onion would cry. 

But perhaps best of all is the Vagabond experience. Some would call us loveable rogues, but we just like to have fun – and enjoy sharing a yarn every now and then too. Be it sun up across the bench or sun down round the hobs (with a marshmallow-or-two) we're never short of a laugh and a good tale to transport you.  

Sam Foster

Sam Foster, West Coaster born and bred and Sam is of course Wild Fed.

Sam grew up on a dairy farm just inland from Hokitika.

Sam’s passion is hunting and fishing on the Wild West Coast, the surrounding wilderness and sea is his adventure playground. Sam is butcher by trade and a serious hunter.

When Sam is not at his newly opened café situated at the beautiful Hokitika Gorge “The Blue River café” he spends his days trapping possums, culling dear, chasing goats and pigs and what ever he can get his hands on “legally of course”. By evening you’ll find him on the beach surf casting and teaching his children what West Coast life is all about.

Sam can turn anything into a culinary delight, he is a bit like Westgold Butter, he can make any and all of our wild west coast edible resources taste delicious. Possum and Goat Salami, Blackberry and gorse into sausages, just add meat, not to mention the controversial Pukekho Kebabs he made back at the 2010 Wildfoods.

It doesn’t stop there….

A keen fisherman, Sam has been known to tackle sharks bigger than himself in the surf, tickle trout in the creek (a top tip or tip top secret from Sam “Trout like Huhu grubs more than wildfoods festival goers do”). Sam will scoop whitebait straight from the mouth of the river into his own mouth, and uses his muscles to collect our amazing ocean mussels.

Sam is, all in all, a Wild West Coast Bushman Fisherman and all round ‘good bugger’. See ‘Sam the Bushman’ at the 2018 Wildfoods Festival Demo Zone.

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is sponsored by Westgold – Pure New Zealand Butter

Sam Foster - Pure Coaster just like Westgold – Pure New Zealand Butter

Carol Bungard

Carol is a Teacher of Art and Home Economics at Tokomairiro High School. Carol and her Husband own a sheep Farm in Otago. Farming life, photography, travel and meeting people are her passions. Traveling to England, Russia, Mongolia and China in 2016  inspired Carol to study towards her Masters of Fine Art. Carol loves to share her knowledge of hospitality especially cooking to others.

Onsite Attractions for 2018

18+ Banding

Feral Photo Booth

Air New Zealand Grabaseat Whirl Win Machine

NZ Army Band

If you have never seen these guys perform – you don’t know what you’re missing! Widely regarded as one of the top five marching Military bands in the world. Catch the New Zealand Army Band at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival and After Party.

Feral Fashion

Hokitika Homegrown

Kids Korner

The Rock FM

The Ute Muster Pen

Information Tent

Wildfoods Merchandise

Feral Fashion

Official Afterparty

#ATasteOfTheWild

Event Schedule

WILDFOODS WARM UP - FRIDAY 9th MARCH
8pm – 10pm

Band on the Beach - “Nekta” 

@ Weld Lane/Hokitika Beachfront. See you at the Hokitika sign
 

WILDFOODS FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE - SATURDAY 10th  MARCH

Sponsored by Air New Zealand
10.00am - 5.30pm

10.00am             Hokitika District & Country Music Club

10.50am             Dee May & the Saints

11:45am             Mihi & Karakia - Te Rua Mason

                           Welcome - Mayor Bruce Smith

Noon                  Ngati Waewae Kapahaka

                           RNZAF Black Falcons – overhead

12.15                  NZ Army Band

1.10pm               The Slacks

2.00pm               Feral Fashion Parade & Prizes

2.45pm               The River Jesters

3.30pm               Stallholder Prizes

3:40pm               Dee May & the Saints

4.20pm               MY BABY

5.00pm               Sons of Zion

5.30pm               Festival Close
 

WILDFOODS AFTER PARTY - SATURDAY 10th  MARCH
7.30pm – 12.30am

7.30pm      GATES OPEN

7.30pm      New Zealand Army Band

8.20pm      The Slacks

9.20pm      MY BABY

10.20pm   The River Jesters

11.10pm   Sons of Zion

12.30am    CLOSE 

 

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Note: liquor ban exemption in place at Sunset Point for 2018


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