Awesome Denmark. First country to make a movie about edible insects – Bugs by Andreas Johnsen. First country to have a team of experienced chefs developing recipes with critters – the well-known Nordic Food Lab. First country to have a government financing bugs as food and feed. Despite being so small, Denmark hosts a number of edible insect start-ups and a vibrant bug scene.
I visited Denmark at the beginning of September, to attend the Innovate Food International event and speak at the session dedicated to bugs, together with Hanne Boskov Hansen, a representative of the Danish Food agency and Andreas Lieberoth, a psychologist from Aarhus University, who worked on understanding the “yuck factor” – the western preconception on eating small crawlers.
But the events featuring edible insects were many more. A few days before Copenhagen hosted the Bug Fest:
And the Copenhagen Geological Museum displays close-up photos of… microsculpture.
Bug food was also showcased at the Aarhus Food Festival, where Crickster allowed people to taste yummy whole bugs and powders.
Enorm was at the Food Festival, too.
Moreover, speaking of bugs in Aarhus, we had an entire day of presentations at the DTI – Danish Technological Institute. I was lucky to part of the presenters on the stage.
Time to go back to Copenhagen, where edible insects were protagonist at the Future of Food event….
…and at the TechBBQ startup venue. Usually TechBBQ is all about digital, but this year food tech has been added, and insects got most of the space. In the photo you see Nina – you should check out her blog The Bug Lady. She was so kind to help me for the entire day. Nina also organizes bug cooking classes and promotes edible insects with passion and knowledge.
Passion is clearly empowering other Danish girls: Malena, Jessica and Maria produce delicious treats like the snacks with chili, chocolate and cricket flour. Together they represent the brand Dare to Eat.
Well, all the above took place in Denmark within less than a month. Isn’t it enough to establish Denmark as the European leaders within edible insects?