Austin to host Bug Festival

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July 7, 2012

The Fifth Annual Bug Festival will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Are people in Austin so hungry they are eating bugs?

“Well, it does help if you come to the party having skipped lunch,” says Marjory Wildcraft, the host and creator of the Fifth Annual Bug Festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Zilker Park in Austin, starting about 5:30 p.m. “Hunger can give you an edge accepting new food.”

It’s a zany experience, party and potluck where people come together to learn about, and experience, eating insects. Alan Davison is the co-host for the evening. In between grilling up and passing around plates of freshly cooked bugs, Davison offers the lore of edibility, preparing, cooking, and eating insects.

“The kids are usually crowded in the closest,” says Wildcraft. “They just jump right in there and try everything. I’ve been amazed at how many kids confess
they’ve been eating bugs all along.”

After everyone has had their fill of grasshoppers, scorpions, or bug de jour, they kick back and share in a potluck dinner of “normal” food, she said.

It’s also a BYOB&B event: Bring your own bugs and bottle.

“Palatability does improve if you’ve had a beer or two. Others need more encouragement. I don’t think my husband will touch a bug until after about a six-pack,” says Wildcraft.

Why on earth would anyone create an event like this? Is it taking the local slogan “Keep Austin Weird” too far?

Marjory Wildcraft is best known for her radio and TV segments teaching people how to become more food self-reliant in their back yards. She is a leader in the preparedness and transition movement. In her video series “Grow Your Own Groceries,” Wildcraft shows people with little or no gardening
experience how to turn their back yards into a food-producing machine. She apparently isn’t limited to just gardens, small livestock, and backyard food production.

“I knew that insects are eaten all over the world, are rich in minerals, and have those precious omega fatty acids we all need so badly, but I just never could get myself to eat them,” she said.

She was inspired by Davison, who was experimenting with eating insects for their dense nutritional content. Then she struck on an idea of throwing a big party and making it fun. It worked, but Wildcraft still had trouble with the yuck factor when she was alone.

“Every year I ask myself, am I ready to eat bugs all on my own without Alan and a big party?” So far, the answer has
been no. And apparently it is taking a while, as this is the fifth year for the festival.

The event is only $5 per adult, and yes, the most interesting residents of Austin will be there. To get more information on what bugs to bring, how to catch them, suggestions for the “normal food” potluck, and other interesting tidbits about the festival, go to www.FreeProteinAndFat.com.

This is definitely an event for those interested in:

  • Deep nutrition
  • Insects as human food
  • Wild edibles
  • Backyard food production
  • Survival and preparedness
  • Gardening
  • Self-reliance
  • Permaculture
  • Free food you don’t know about
  • Free protein and fat
  • Natural sources of calcium, zinc, and iron
  • Natural health
  • Eco-friendly alternatives
  • TEOTWAWKI food sources
  • Garden pest control
  • How to handle the locusts during Apocalypse

“Here in Texas, we got grasshoppers the size of little chickens, and I figured insects have probably got to be the
easiest source of food you’ll find in your back yard,” says Wildcraft.

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