In celebration of World Pestaurant Day, Ehrlich Pest Control gave away a diverse menu of insect-infused dishes in downtown Boston, MA on June 3rd. Following on the success of last year’s Pestaurant in Washington, DC, Pestaurant Boston didn’t disappoint.
The event was held in Sam Adam’s Park right outside historic Faneuil Hall. We on the Ehrlich team arrived early Wednesday morning to set up our tables, tents and signs.
Our large pop-up banners advertising the exotic cuisine and cricket eating contest peaked the interest of hundreds of commuters walking down Congress Street, many of whom stopped to take pictures with their phones.
Locally owned Hostess Catering arrived on the scene shortly thereafter with all the pesty food and began setting up to grill delicious grasshopper burgers and serve New England “clorm chowda,” mealworm fried rice and chocolate chirp cookies.
Our goal with Pestaurant in 2015 was not only to increase awareness about pests but to support a worthy cause. For every person that tried an insect dish at Pestaurant, Ehrlich Pest Control made a commitment to donate $1 to The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Pestaurant Opens for Business
While Pestaurant officially was set to open for business at 11:30 am, curious Bostonites began wandering through the square around 10:30 am to ask questions and examine the edible insect fare being prepared. Groups of summer camp kids walking in single file lines in and out of Quincy Market waved and chanted “Pestaurant, Pestaurant!” as they walked by.
To entice the less adventurous diners, Ehrlich colleagues walked around the periphery of the square with food samples and convinced many to come and try the full menu. Before long, Pestaurant was officially open for business and the lunch crowds began making their way to Faneuil Hall for a midday snack they’d never forget.
The 2nd Annual Cricket Eating Contest
The highlight of Pestaurant for many was our 2nd annual Cricket Eating Contest. In the shadow of the famous Sam Adams Statue, 20 brave contestants seated at a long table raced to consume 3 cups full of crickets as fast as they could. The record time set in Washington, D.C. last June was quickly beat in Heat 1 at noon by local office worker, Mark, who scored a blistering time of 1:14.
Heat 2 at 1:00 pm was won by an unlikely competitor, 11-year-old Logan Jacobson. Young Logan’s triumph was captured by The Boston Globe brilliantly.
The drama came to a riveting conclusion with our third and final heat being won by two contestants who tied and set a “New World Record” in competitive Pestaurant cricket-eating with a time of 0:58.21 seconds.
#Pestaurant Sets Social Media Abuzz
The excitement at Pestaurant was not confined to those in Faneuil Hall Square. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were quickly flooded with pictures and videos from attendees. Pestaurantgoers were encouraged to take “Pest Selfies” with our cardboard cut-outs and use the hashtag #Pestaurant on their favorite Social Media networks.
The event was broadcast to all @EhrlichPest’s Twitter followers via the live streaming mobile app, Periscope. Those following the live stream could experience the excitement of attending a Pestaurant from anywhere in the world.
Below are a few of our favorite Social Media posts from the big day in Boston.
To view more photos from Pestaurant in Boston, we invite you to peruse our complete photo gallery on Facebook.