BOZEMAN – Montana State University will hold its 27th annual Bug Buffet on Friday, Feb. 27.
New food items and the inventor of an insect energy bar will be among the highlights for the free, public event that will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the Plant Growth Center along South 11th Avenue.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Patrick Crowley, whose mission is to introduce insects into Western cuisine, will speak briefly at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Crowley is co-founder of Chapul, which produces energy bars from crickets. His career path has taken him from surf guide to whitewater rafting guide, to hydrologist, to insect-eating entrepreneur.
The buffet will offer a land shrimp cocktail, small pita taco, stir fry, kale salad, brownie, protein shake and a gluten-free almond cookie – all made with insects, such as wax moth larvae, mealworms and crickets. A citrus dressing made with cricket flour is new this year.
The Bug Buffet will also include focus group discussions, where Native Americans and international students will discuss edible insects as part of their culture’s diets. MSU students in BIOO 162 CS, one of the university core courses in Contemporary Issues in Science, are participating as are students from the Sustainable Foods and Bioenergy Program on campus, led by Carly Grimm and Sebastiaan Stokof de Jong. These students from ASSC 465r Health, Poverty, Agriculture, a university core course in Research and Creative Activity, will present posters about their findings on the topic of food security in West Africa and entrepreneurship.
This year’s Bug Buffet is part of a week-long event focused on edible insects and entrepreneurship to meet the world’s food security needs. The buffet continues to be organized by MSU entomology professor Florence Dunkel, an international expert on edible insects. Other team members are Scott Bryant, associate professor in the College of Business; Selena Ahmed, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Development; and MSU’s Office of International Programs. This year, for the first time, the MSU College of Business is the main sponsor for the event.
Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org