Third annual Insecta Fiesta set Nov. 2 at San Antonio Garden Center

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@aag.tamu.edu

Contact: Molly Keck, 210-631-0400, mekeck@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – Adventurous diners can enjoy a night of entomophagy at the third annual Insecta Fiesta from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 New Braunfels Ave. in San Antonio.

The center is adjacent to the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Attendees at last year’s Insecta Fiesta at Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Paul Schattenberg)

“Attendees will be served a gourmet four-course Indian/Latin-fusion meal featuring ingredients made from insects,” said Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Bexar County. “The evening’s meal will be prepared by Hitish Nathani of Bombay Salsa Company and San Antonio Botanical Garden chefs. Dessert will be prepared by a local celebrity chef.”

Cost for the event is $40 per person or $60 per couple without the drink pairing; $60 per person and $100 per couple with the pairing.

She said employees of the AgriLife Extension and members of the 4-H Entomology and Food Challenge teams will also be involved in meal preparation and food service.

“Table service will be provided by 4-H youth,” Keck said. “These young people share an interest in entomology and food preparation and are happy to be able to share that interest through serving others. We will also share with attendees how insects can be a sustainable source of agriculture requiring less water, space and grain, and providing more protein than beef, chicken or pork.”

Dinner will include the option of specialty drink pairings. Those choosing the dinner pairing option can expect a specialty cocktail developed specifically for the event by a bartender specialist, one of the Blue Star Brewing Company beers or a local sweet wine, Keck said.

“Don’t let the fact bugs are an ingredient in the dinner scare you,” she said. “The food will be excellent and you probably won’t even realize they are part of the menu.”

Keck noted more than 100 people have attended each the two previous Insecta Fiesta events.

She said this year table sponsorships are also being offered for those who would like to promote their business.

“We have three levels of table sponsorship for tables — Drone Bee, Worker Bee and Queen Bee at $550, $700 and $850, respectively — that will accommodate up to nine people,” she said.

To register for the event and to find details of sponsorship levels and what is offered at each level, go to http://AgrilifeRegister.tamu.edu/BexarCounty.

For more information on Insecta Fiesta, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County at 210-631-0400.

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