Incredible Edible Insect Event set for Oct. 20 in San Antonio

Contact: Molly Keck, 210-631-0400,

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and San Antonio Botanical Garden will present the Incredible Edible Insect Event at 10:30 a.m. and again at noon on Oct. 20.

The four-course insect tasting will be held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place in San Antonio.

Some commercially available food products made with insects or insect-based ingredients. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Paul Schattenberg)

“This will be a journey into entomophagy or the eating of insects,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Bexar County. “There will be four chef-demonstrated recipes featuring insect-based ingredients, along with discussions about the sustainability and nutritional value of insects.”

The event will include demonstrations from chefs Dave Terrazas, San Antonio Botanical Garden culinary and wellness specialist; Stephen Poprocki, Texas Black Gold Garlic; Joshua Schwenke, Gastronomy Live Events; and Michael Grimes, Southern Grit.

Keck said in addition to small-bite insect-based food sampling, there will be youth activities to include cricket races, painting with cochineal — a red dye derived from insects — and face painting. There also will be educational presentations on edible plant parts, pollinators and insects used to feed animals.

Guest speakers will be Keck and Robert Nathan Allen, founder of Little Herds, an Austin-based nonprofit that promotes the use of insects for food and feed as an environmentally sound and economically viable source of nutrition.

The cost for the four-course sampling is $25 per adult and $10 per child. Youth activities are included in the general admission and are free to San Antonio Botanical Garden members. For tickets, go to

As a bonus, from 1:30-2 p.m., David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Bexar County, will present Planting for Pollinators, a free discussion on how to make gardens and landscapes more attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Event partners include the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and San Antonio Water System, along with support by a grant from Andeavor.


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Source: Agriculture Section – AgriLife Feed

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