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Bug-a-licious Insect Food Festival on Family Day Weekend

Tempt your taste buds with a variety of insects, including crickets, scorpions, grasshoppers, ants and stinkbugs prepared right before your eyes! Visit the Butterfly Conservatory over Ontario’s Family Day (or U.S., President’s Day) long weekend, February 13 – 15, 2010 for the 5th annual International ‘Bug-a-licious’ Insect Food Festival.

Linda Keeping Enjoys a Scorpion

Visitors will be able to sample delectable insect recipes created by Chef Jeff Stewart and guest chefs daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Stewart and his colleagues will be conducting cooking demonstrations with insects, and a new addition this year will be a friendly cooking competition – the Insect Battle Show Down – where visitors can cast their votes for the most delicious insect dish!

The event will feature two cooking battles each day at 12:30 p.m & 3 p.m. This annual event challenges us to consider insects as a beneficial nutrition source, a practice common to cultures from around the world for thousands of years.

Sampling the Scorpion Soup

Admission to the Butterfly Conservatory will include insect menu samplings: $11.75 for Adults 13+, $7.65 for Children 6 – 12 years and Children 5 and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn plus tax). Free parking on-site. Holiday weekend hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last visitors admitted at 5:30 p.m.

The Butterfly Conservatory is located at 2405 Niagara Parkway on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture.

Roasted Locusts

The Butterfly Conservatory is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario that has preserved and maintained the parklands and attractions surrounding the Falls without tax dollars since 1885. Remember that your purchases at Niagara Parks help great things happen. Every dollar you spend with us helps preserve the nature and heritage of the Falls and the Niagara Parkway.

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4 Responses
  1. Looks like this is one way method of pest control although I would have opt for a pest management company. This is less costly I suppose. :)

  2. hehehe. Lol good bugs :)

  3. i don have any idea, since i never had this type of insect food before. can anyone tell me what about the taste?

  4. This reminds me of the show Fear Factor. It just came back on TV and I have trouble even watching some of the things they have to eat.

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