You wouldn’t typically say bugs and tasty in the same sentence, but at the 32nd annual Montana State University Bug Buffet, the two words went hand in hand.
“Honestly, delicious. Yeah, once you just get rid of the stigma, like 'oh, I’m eating bugs'. It’s pretty good," explained student Lauren Vandette.
MSU opened the event to the public, so everyone can get a unique tasting experience, and learn why insects should be considered as a major source for food.
“Our work helps explain why the UN (United Nations) endorses edible insects to address issues of food security and sustainability,” said Executive Chef Joseph Yoon.
While the bold bugs hold a lot of benefit, there may be a few minor challenges.
“It’s kinda weird to get like the legs stuck in your teeth, but it’s not too bad," said student Maria Abbot.
Especially when what you’re eating comes with lessons about other world practices.
“I’m just excited for people to kind of get a peak into some other cultures. I mean it’s not super normal for people in western cultures to eat bugs, but everywhere around the world this is super common,” said student Annie Ferguson.
Whether they liked it or not, the tasters all had their own opinion of the food.
“Crunchy and has a nutty flavor to it,” said Abbot.
“I loved the ant butter,” exclaimed Vandette.
“It just looks weird, I think. I’m just scared of the whole idea of it,” explained student Sydney Powell.
And while there were a lot of opinions about the different dishes. One dish seemed to be a favorite...
“Definitely, especially if those brownies are here again,” Abbot said.
An academic conference continuing the discussion on edible insects will be held Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm at the Museum of the Rockies.