Rentokil revives edible insect pop-up

Pest control company Rentokil is bringing its Pestaurant concept, which showcases edible insects, to two London locations this month.

Rentokil's 'pestaurant' concept launched in 2014
Rentokil's 'pestaurant' concept launched in 2014

The pop-up restaurant will be making an appearance at the inaugural New Scientist Live event, taking place at Excel London from 22-35 September and also at Science Museum Lates on 28 September. 

On the first day of the event, the pestaurant will be cooking one of three dishes previously chosen by the public. This will be either a Black Forest Floor Brownie, using mealworms for batter, Cricket & Peanut Brittle Chocolate Cupcakes or an Early Bird Breakfast Pie, featuring bamboo worms. 

There will also be a mini-bug buffet with a range of insects for visitors to try, including salt-and-vinegar crickets, Mexican spice mealworms, cheddar cheese mealworms, plain roasted locusts and buffalo worms. Rentokil experts will also be on hand to discuss why insects can provide a viable and sustainable food source, and to answer any pest-related questions.

The New Scientist Live show will feature over 100 exhibitors, 120 speakers, five theatres and four immersive zones. 

Rentokil opened a 'pestaurant' for one day in London in 2014, hosted at One New Change and showcased another pop-up in Cardiff the following year. 

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