A different kind of food fair tonight at Camosun College gave new meaning to bug bites.
Anthropology students hosted the west coast’s second ever ‘Pestival’ of edible insects.
They invited the public to have a taste and learn more about insect protein foods and show them how to use insects in their cooking.
Student Chloe Mumford showed off her meal worms, the larval stage of the meal worm beetle.
“We’ve been growing these for the past two months or so and its been a completely wild experience, its really really fun.”
The meal worm tacos, guacamole and all, weren’t to everyone’s liking, some said it was a case of mind over matter.
“Actually its all psychological, I think the taste was quite okay, but psychologically its quite uncomfortable,” said Yossi, as his daughter gave the thumbs-down sign beside him.
The students are hoping to expose more people to explore insects as a sustainable protein alternative to industrial food systems that are a strain on the planet’s resources.
“People seem to be much more willing to explore these alternative protein options,” said anthropology instructor Nicole Kilburn.