VIDEO: Science Swindon launches its Big Bug Bake Off!

By Tyler Ody - 22 January 2020

Arts and CultureEducation

Science Swindon have launched the Big Bug Bake Off across the internet and social media.

Three special guests, from the UK Space Agency, Helen Browning’s Organic and the National Trust are going head-to-head to come up with the best recipe for a dish. 

The twist is, that dish has to feature real edible insects.The campaign launched with a video of all three competitors trying a range of edible insects for the first time, before being set their challenge. 

“We know that we have to change the way we produce and consume food, particularly protein, so that we can effectively tackle our carbon emissions,” explained Festival Director, Rod Hebden.

“One answer might be changing how we farm or eat meat, or it could be that we’ll all need to switch to plant-based diets.  But one suggestion has been to get our protein from farmed insects.  But could that really catch on in Swindon?”

The three competitors: Libby Jackson, Human Exploration Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency; Tim Finney, Managing Director for Helen Browning's Organic; and Emily Roe, an Editor at the National Trust, all based in Swindon, got together at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, to taste the insects.

They will spend the next few weeks perfecting their recipes, before bringing them back before the judges, including Ian Larrard, Director at Business West, in the week of the festival in February half term.

Tickets went on sale this month for “Tomorrow”, Swindon’s brand new festival of science and engineering, taking place at STEAM Museum on 21st and 22nd February.  Despite the fact that the festival is a brand new feature on the Swindon’s calendar, organisers are already predicting a sell-out.

Ticketing information is available on the Science Swindon website, and tickets can be booked directly from STEAM Museum.

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