Horse semen goes on menu at festival

February 21, 2011

A South Island wildfoods festival has received international publicity, thanks to shots of horse semen going on the menu.

A festival visitor and a huhu grub.
The iconic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has some pretty cutting-edge offerings in its lineup, from ram's testicles to grubs and sea kelp, but it is the decision to add stallion offerings to the menu this year that has garnered international attention.

The keenest festival-goers can drink it straight, but it can also be taken with cherry, licorice or banoffee pie flavouring.

It is proposed that drinkers chase it down with a popular energy drink.

Lindsay Kerslake, a Christchurch racehorse owner, got the idea after hearing about people who drank bull semen.

He has no doubt the shots will prove popular with the more adventurous.

"You'll have as much zizz as a stallion for a week afterwards," he told Fairfax Media.

The shots will be $NZ10 each.

The semen will be collected in the same way it would be gathered for artificial insemination.

The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival offers an adventurous - some would say outrageous - menu that has earned it a place in Frommers Travel Guides list of the top 300 unmissable festivals in the world.

As well horse semen, other new offerings on the menu this year are free tastings of weka - a New Zealand native bird - sea tulip shots, raw and cooked scorpions, and several less adventurous treats such as venison chilli and garlic sea cucumber.

This year's event will be held on March 12.