​​10th Annual Buggy Buffet Scheduled at the UT Institute of Agriculture

Guests at 2015 Buggy Buffet, UT Institute of Agriculture

Everyone is fascinated about entomophagy, i.e., eating bugs. Come learn for yourself at the 10th Annual Buggy Buffet on the campus of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, October 27, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

See the appetizer up close.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the tenth year the University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and students in the UT First Year Studies class titled “A Bug’s Life” will present a Buggy Buffet for your dining – umm – pleasure?

On Thursday, October 27, students will serve a number of dishes where insects are the main course.  New to the menu this year are Chirpin’ Chili, Bug-B-Que and Banana Bug Smoothies. Favorites returning to the buffet are Mealworm Meatballs, Mealworm Wontons and Stir Fry Surprise. Specialty desserts and other offerings are also sure to surprise the palate.

Jerome Grant, a professor of entomology, teaches the course. Grant says the point of the exercise is to show that many bugs and insects are not only edible, but also tasty. They are often on the menu outside the United States. “Insects are a large part of the diet for roughly one-third of the world’s human population,” Grant says. “The Buggy Buffet gives us a glimpse of what may be on our future dinner table. We have cattle farms, goat farms, and horse farms - why not insect farms?” Other UTIA experts say insect farming may be in our future, both for human consumption and animal feed.

The Buggy Buffet is free to attend, and anyone can sample the dishes. Last year’s event attracted more than 350 diners and additional spectators. Among last year’s participants were a number of homeschooled children and their guardians, so this year Grant and his students are preparing a study guide on the topic of entomophagy, which literally is information on the human consumption of insects and how to add them to your diet.

The Buggy Buffet will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus. Drinks to wash down the delicacies will also be offered.

A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the Buggy Buffet. Numerous unique, insect-related items and artwork will be available to purchase. Proceeds will support student projects.

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


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