Outdoor dining event celebrates arrival of rare cicadas with an eating adventure

Lawrence seems to be cicada-crazy these days, and for good reason: Periodical cicadas, unlike the annual cicadas that we're used to hearing on balmy summer nights, only emerge once every 17 years. And lo and behold, 2015 is their year, and they're coming to Lawrence.

With the arrival of the tens of millions of cicadas expected any day now, the folks at Kansas University's Natural History Museum, Hank Charcuterie and Free State Brewing Co. are teaming up to host an event called Summer Sirens at 7 p.m June 4 in South Park.

There, under the shade of the trees, "daring diners" will have the chance to learn about the science behind these insects while sampling wine, Free State beer and meats prepared by Hank Charcuterie.

"Daring" is an appropriate word in this case, as the menu includes goat barbacoa and lengua (that would be tongue) with jalapeno kale slaw; pork heart carnitas with local black beans, grilled romaine and pickled red onion; and fermented green tomatoes with elote (Mexican corn on the cob) and smoked pecans.

Tickets are $30, and can be purchased on Free State's website here.

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