New Zealand festivals

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
New Zealand

March

Take your tastebuds on a bushtucker trial, Maori and Pakeha style. Or, sample innovative creations, from wok-fried clams to wasp-larvae ice cream. The focus at Hokitika is on celebrating excellent local produce, via market stalls, chef demos and wine-slurpings, with a range of mimes, musos and comedians showcasing their wares too.  www.wildfoods.co.nz

Get serious with busking!

People planning on attending next year's World Buskers Festival in Christchurch can now go online and work out how to get the optimum number of laughs from the 10 day event.

The official World Buskers Festival website (www.worldbuskersfestival.com) and has details of all the performers attending the festival as well as a schedule of when they will be performing. "The performers we've assembled for this festival are truly world class so it certainly pays to check out the schedule so you don't miss seeing any of them perform,'' says festival director Jodi Wright.