Everyone Is Invited to Taste Insects on October 25​

Picture of people eating at Buggy Buffett
Students, staff and the general public are all invited to visit the UT Institute of Agriculture campus and enjoy an insect-based meal. This fun and exciting event returns for the twelfth year. Image courtesy UTIA. Download image from a previous Buggy Buffet​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Buggy Buffet is back for round 12. This event is a class project of the University of Tennessee First Year Studies class “A Bug’s Life” and is co-sponsored by the UT Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The Buggy Buffet is an opportunity to try different meals that contain different insects.

The event will be Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture in the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building. The address is 2431 Joe Johnson Drive. The Buggy Buffet presents a menu that contains a selection of different appetizers, main entrees, desserts and drinks all prepared with a variety of insects. Some examples of food on the menu are mealworms wontons, chirpin’ chili, protein-enriched cinnamon scones, and chocolate-covered insects. Here is a look into the drinks they will be serving: banana bug smoothie, horchata domestica, bug juice punch and water.

The Buggy Buffet is free and open to anyone interested in trying different and unique foods. The purpose of the event is to draw awareness to the fact that roughly one-third of the world eats a variety of insects as an easy source of protein.

A silent auction will allow attendees the opportunity to bid on their favorite insects or insect-related items. Jerome Grant, a professor of entomology, organized the event.

The Buggy Buffet is fun and interesting for people of all ages, so make time to stop in and see what’s cooking.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.



Doug Edlund and/or Emily Haskew, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141 (office)