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Insects on the Menu at ABQ BioPark

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Creeping, Crawling Cuisine is an event for adventurous eaters.

Insects on the Menu at ABQ BioPark

An adventurous diner's dinner plate? Photo from iStock.

October 25, 2012

If you have a taste for adventure, make reservations for Creeping, Crawling Cuisine at the ABQ BioPark. On Sunday, November 4 from 6 - 9 p.m., BioPark chefs will cook up a feast of edible insects and other sustainable, exotic dishes. There will also be familiar, non-bug foods available. Tickets are $25 online or from any BioPark cashier. (We're sorry, ticket sales are now closed.)

The edible insect evening is the finale to the Botanic Garden's third annual Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show, which runs through Nov. 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Dinner guests can enjoy a last look at the show, visit with BioPark experts and bid in the silent auction during a cocktail hour before dinner in the Aquarium. Tickets and silent auction proceeds benefit conservation through the International Carnivorous Plant Society and the EcoLife Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program.

"Even though we know people around the world eat insects and even consider them delicacies, bugs still have a certain 'ick!' factor here in the U.S.," said Annie Fedora, General Manager for the BioPark's Culinary Department. "We are always amazed at the kids and adults who are brave enough to try all these wild and weird foods. This dinner is definitely the most unusual meal we offer at the BioPark."

Stations located throughout the Aquarium and Shark Reef Café feature mealworm meatballs, cricket pizza, ant-cheladas, skewered grasshoppers, candied scorpions, crunchy butterworms, snail sliders, iguana tacos and more. Traditional fare includes regular spaghetti and pizza, a roast beef carving station, roasted potatoes, calabacitas and salad. For dessert, you can make your own s'more with grasshoppers and butterworms, or without.

Silent auction items include many of the beautiful displays from the show, including "carnivorbs" (hanging glass balls with carnivorous plants inside), hand-crafted arrangements and "Humphrey Bugart" originals (canvases painted by maggots, roaches and other arthropods). For more information or if you would like to be notified about next year's event, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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