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Eating insects and East Grinstead Carnival this weekend

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If you are around Wakehurst this weekend of 2nd – 3rd July why not challenge your taste buds at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer.

Adventures in taste

Explore all things wild at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer – in association with Fantastic British Food Festivals.

Challenge your taste buds, explore our beautiful wild landscape, and let your hair down with family and friends on a great day out.

Guinness World Record attempt

Be part of our Guinness World Record breaking attempt at 12.15pm on Saturday 2July as our giant hay bale picnic table is measured, photographed and filmed for official verification of the record!

Wild food


Spices, honey, teas from around the world, exotic fruits, organic and raw food, craft beers and cider are just some of the delights on offer. In the wild spirit of the event, produce specialists have customised creations from nettle juice and botanical cocktails to wild berry ice cream.

The Eat Grub experience.  Roasted cricket anyone?  

Grubs in a dish for the Wakehurst wild food festival

For a real taste challenge, this is your chance to taste edible bugs. Chefs from Eat Grub will be offering free samples of a Miang thai streetfood, prepared with insect ingredients and exotic leaves – a real flavour explosion!  You’ll also be able to sample roasted cricket and other edible bug ingredients – buy ingredients and their newly launched cookbook Eat Grub so you can try out this exciting new food trend at home. The insects phenomenon is seeing a popular surge in food and restaurant trends in the UK – find out why it makes sense from an ecological, economical and health point of view to incorporate insects into your diet.