All are invited to this free, bugalicious event

Buggy Buffet tasters from 2013

The bugalicious Buggy Buffet is in its 8th year. Come join the fun on Oct. 30 from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. at the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus. Shown are two adventurous diners from the 2013 event. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Your afternoon snack could be buzzing around your head or crawling on the floor right now. Bugs and insects are edible!

Please join us for the “Buggy Buffet” on the UT Agricultural campus this Halloween Eve (Thursday, October 30). Chefs, professors and students from UTIA’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Department’s First Year Studies class titled “A Bug’s Life” will prepare and serve a number of dishes where insects are the main course (see menu). Past recipes included “Cricket Stir Fry,” “Grasshopper Cookies” and the “Buglogna Sandwich,” which is fried bologna covered in mealworms.

“Buggy Buffet” is free, and anyone can sample the dishes. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building. Drinks to wash down the insect carcasses will also be offered.

More than 300 people attended last year’s event. This is the 8th year for “Buggy Buffet.”

WHile insect delicacies might not sound appetizing to most Americans, insects are a large part of the diet for roughly two-thirds of the world’s human population. UTIA experts say insect farming may be in our future, both for human consumption and animal feed.

A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the “Buggy Buffet.” Numerous insect-related items and artwork will be available to purchase. Gifts for the bugged ones in your life!



Dr. Jerome Grant, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 865-974-0218


Buggy Buffet menu