An opportunity to align with a national movement,
Feast Matariki, means Ōhope's Local Wild Food Challenge will move to July 2020.
Usually held in February, the food challenge and festival centres around dishes prepared from wild food gathered from the land and sea. Eat New Zealand's Feast Matariki concept has a similar theme, dedicated to connecting people with the land of Aotearoa through food.
The Local Wild Food Challenge will retain its format of a challenge (cooking competition) and food festival, while adding a Matariki mid-winter theme. Some new elements would be added to enhance the Matariki celebration, and a summer Local Wild Food event could return for 2021.
Exact dates and the location for the postponed event are yet to be decided. To keep up to date follow Whakatane.nz on Facebook.