Ready to go line up at the gate for your turn? The big bugs will be served from silver platters by ghoulish chefs.
This from the Louisville Courier-Journal:
In the mood for a crunchy, lowfat snack? Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom has just the treat for you — a Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Sink your teeth into one of these creepy critters for a promotion that’s part of the amusement park’s Fright Fest Halloween celebration, which officially opens this weekend: Guests who eat one of the insects from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow get free admission. …
“If somebody wants to bring chocolate or mustard or a drink to wash it down with, it’s fine with us,” said Carolyn McLean, public relations manager for Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. “They are hand-raised on a farm and in laboratories, and they are hand-fed organic protein.”
Aren’t you delighted to know that the roaches are, umm, organic? I don’t suppose we want to spend too much time parsing the phrase organic protein, though — after all, using the technical definition of organic, organic protein could include moldy egg whites, road kill, or a large percentage of the trash from your local McDonald’s. From their tummies to your tummy. Mm, mm, good!
Needless to say, protests have arisen from PETA and local parents, on the basis of everything from cockroach cruelty to the importance of raising children who are kind to bugs. (If you’re under 18, a parent has to sign a waiver before you can chow down.) The park spokesperson has responded airily, “People complaining are not going to stop us.” She does warn, however, that people with shellfish allergies need to avoid cockroaches as well. I’ve always heard that they taste just like shrimp…