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Dried locusts and breakfast rolls top the menu as Ploughing 2014 kicks off...

Guess which option TheJournal.ie went for?

ON THE ROAD before 7am — by 10am, safely arrived at the National Ploughing Championships, all TheJournal.ie had had to eat was couple of crickets and a dried locust.

Breakfast rolls were also available —as was every variety of food you might expect to find at an Irish field-based festival in 2014… But there was journalism to be done — and sometimes, dammit, that involves chomping down on invertebrates…

Source: Daragh Brophy

This year’s ‘Ploughing’ is taking place at Ratheniska in Co. Laois, not a million miles away from site of the annual the Electric Picnic at Stradbally.

Over 200,000 people are expected over the next three days to check out the action — of which, the ploughing is just a tiny part.

Virtually everyone who’s ever likely to ask for your vote or your business is represented here by now — from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, to AIB and Bank of Ireland.

President Michael D and the Garda Commissioner are expected later — but for media types at a loose end as the event opened its doors, there was only one place to head for breakfast — the Rentokil ‘Pestaurant’, offering all manner of dried and candied delights from scorpions to ‘Larval Worm Snax’ (TM).

Apparently the the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation have tipped insects as a potentially valuable source of food for an ever growing global population — at least, that was the official line being trotted out in the press release by the folks at Rentokil.

It’s also great marketing of course — and everyone from RTÉ to Today FM was queueing up to try the Pestaurant fare (expect to see George Lee sampling the delights on today’s Six One.

TheJournal.ie’s verdict?

Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube

Not unlike dried cardboard.

You could live on it, at a push.

But there are a lot of venues nearby hawking breakfast rolls and ‘artisan’ chicken wraps — so maybe just swing by the locust tent for an appetizer or two (they’re free).

For more from our politicians – and the fare in the field – follow Daragh Brophy on Twitter @daraghbroph and @TJ_Politics

Hate mucky fields? See this year’s Ploughing Championships on Google Street View 

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