DURHAM, N.C. (FOX 13) - Arbitrary holidays and commemorative months have managed to fill our calendars with reasons to celebrate.
A restaurant in Durham, North Carolina has made the month of April meaningful by enticing foodies to try unusual, meaty creations. But these may not be for everyone.
Bull City Burger and Brewery has dubbed April as Exotic Meat Month, transforming its menu into something straight out of children's nightmares.
But adults seem to be onboard with items like bug ice cream, bug burgers, rabbit meatball subs, plus creations made from camel, elk, alligator, python, duck, ostrich, boar, turtle, caribou, reindeer, goat, and Rocky Mountain Oysters - otherwise known as cattle testicles.
The food creating the most buzz is the tarantula burger and the Tarantula Challenge.
The tarantula burger cannot be ordered, rather, interested eaters come to the brewpub and sign up for a raffle.
If their number is drawn, Bull City contacts them to set up their mealtime.
The burger is made with pasture-raised North Carolina beef, gruyere cheese, and spicy chili sauce. It's topped with an oven-roasted tarantula. Bull City says the tarantula is lightly-salted before being baked.
Some people prefer to eat the tarantula first, while some take it all in at once.
As of this writing, eight people - four men and four women - have enjoyed Bull City's tarantula burger.
Bull City points out many of the Exotic Meat Month menu items are eaten by people of other cultures on a daily basis.
"It is a chance to learn about new flavors and increase your cultural awareness," Bull City Media Maven Megan Cindrich said. "It’s also fun!"