Food lovers with a taste for creepy crawlies are headed to Cardiff to dine on spiced mealworms, roasted locusts and even scorpion lollipops as Rentokil's pop-up 'pestaurant' arrives in the Welsh capital.
To celebrate its second annual 'pestaurant' event, the global pest control company is hosting similar popups in 11 countries around the world tomorrow, the 3rd of June. Last year Rentokil hosted over 20,300 visitors in locations as diverse as Washington DC, Cape Town, and Dubai.
This time around the UK leg will visit Wales for the first time and will enlist the help Andy Holcroft, founder and head chef at Grub Kitchen to give the insects his personal haute cuisine treatment.
Later this year, Andy will open the UK's first permanent insect restaurant in St. David's, West Wales, and will be lending his expertise to Rentokil's pop-up, with a 'specials menu' of cricket chocolate chip cookies and bug blinis.
The offerings will be served to visitors alongside an array of exotic treats including salt and vinegar crickets, Mexican spice mealworms, plain roasted locusts, scorpion lollipops, chocolate covered mixed bugs and much more.
The food is free and a number of Rentokil experts will be on hand to discuss the food being served, answer any pest questions from members of the public and pass on their 'top tips' for avoiding pest problems.
The event will be held from 11:00 – 3:00pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015 on Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY.
Nutritious and delicious: Insect cuisine
1. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects
2. 100g of crickets contains just 121 calories, compared to 288 calories in the same amount of beef
3. Common house crickets contain four times as much protein as the same weight of chicken
4. Cattle require twelve times more feed to produce the same amount of protein as crickets
5. The correct term for eating insects is 'entomophagy'