Incredible, Edible Insect Event

Saturday, October 20

10am – 2pm | Included with general admission. Members enjoy this event for free. 

Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for an expedition into entomophagy, the eating of insects as food. Small bite insect-based food samples and family activities including Cricket Races, Painting with Cochineal, and Face Painting.

  • Family activities
  • Small bite tastings
  • Planting for Pollinators Talk with David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | 1:30pm – 2pm

Four-course Insect Tasting | 10:30am & 12:00pm | $25 per adult, $10 per child

Families can sink their teeth into four chef demonstrated recipes featuring creepy crawlers. Local chefs will serve a memorable tasting while enlightening visitors about the sustainability and high protein power of insects. Menu forthcoming, but trust it will be memorable and healthy. Ticketed program features insect eating evangelist Robert Nathan Allen, founder of the nonprofit Little Herds, which promotes consumption of insects as food and feed. Bring the kids! Potential Allergen: Insects may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to shellfish, seafood, or dust.

Chef Stephen Poprocki: Coffee blackened chapulines street taco, black garlic pico, crema, corn tortilla
Chef Dave Terrazas: Seafood Étouffée with cricket flour roux, garni of scallions, toasted Parmesan crips and cricket
Chef Joshua Schwenke: Thai Sai Oua (Northern style pork sausage) with bee larva, on bed of wok fried chickpeas; bee larva and herbs in “tiger cry” sauce
Chef Michael Grimes: Roasted apples with pumpkin streusel, silk worm cotton candy

  • Guest Speakers
    Robert Nathan Allen, Little Herds Founder
    Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Select your timed tickets for 10:30 am  or Noon. Tickets are limited. Participants are welcome to enjoy the Garden after the tasting.

This San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is in partnership with the Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival and San Antonio Water System, and is generously supported by a grant from Andeavor.