On Monday 5th May 2014 I took a selection of home cooked insects to The Hobbit pub, Southampton, to see what the locals thought about trying edible insects.
I had a selection of things for people to try, from Cajun crickets to soy sauce or jerk mealworms. It’s possible that people who are allergic to shellfish might also be allergic to insects, so everything was clearly labelled:
The bugs were marinated before being oven roasted.
I chose small crickets as they are easy to eat!
I was generally really surprised at the positive reaction from visitors to the stall. About 90% of people tried some (some were reluctant and stood and watched from a distance several times before being brave enough to try). A few people said ‘Yuck! That’s disgusting’, but I noticed that one of the people from their group slyly stopped by to try some mealworms later on. I also had a very keen 3 year old who kept coming back for more with her dad.
Some people told me that they are usually vegetarian but thought that eating insects was OK and gave them a try.
I was later invited to talk about my project at Dangerous Ideas Southampton with several other local people who are involved in food initiatives.