Rentokil’s award-winning pop-up “Pestaurant” is hitting the streets of Cardiff today, offering a culinary experience with a creepy crawly twist.
Two years after the brand first tickled the nation’s taste buds by serving curried crickets in Central London, Pestaurant’s popularity has seen the event go global.
Today, on the second annual ‘Global Pestaurant Day’, Rentokil’s pest control heritage will be celebrated in 11 countries around the world, with a string of pop-ups.
With the UK leg taking place in Cardiff, this is the first time a full pop-up Pestaurant has visited Wales. Last year however, events hosted over 20,300 visitors in locations as diverse as Washington DC, Cape Town, and Dubai, and this year visitor numbers are expected to exceed this.
Today’s event will see Rentokil take its bugs to the streets of Cardiff and give them haute cuisine treatment with the help of Andy Holcroft, founder and head chef at Wales’s very own Grub Kitchen a restaurant aiming to turn eating insects from novelty to normalcy.
Later this year, Andy will open the UK’s first permanent insect restaurant in St. David’s, West Wales (one of my favourite places in the country – good choice) but for one day only he’s lending his expertise to Rentokil’s pop-up, with a ‘specials menu’ of cricket chocolate chip cookies and bug canapés.
These offerings are being served to visitors alongside an array of exotic treats including: salt & vinegar crickets, Mexican spice mealworms, plain roasted locusts, scorpion lollipops, chocolate covered mixed bugs and much more.
The Rentokil pop-up “Pestaurant”, serving cricket cookies, bug canapés and a selection of edible insects will be in Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY from 11:00 – 3:00pm Wednesday 3rd June.
Five Foodie Facts about edible insects:
- According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects
- 100g of crickets contains just 121 calories, compared to 288 calories in the same amount of beef
- Common house crickets contain four times as much protein as the same weight of chicken
- Cattle require twelve times more feed to produce the same amount of protein as crickets
- The correct term for eating insects is ‘entomophagy’