Remember in season three of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when the Mayor has to eat all those creepy crawlies to attain invincibility? Apparently, it's not that far off from reality. Eating bugs is dope: insects like crickets can provide twice as much protein as beef, at a fraction of the environmental cost—and they even make a yummy ice cream topping. And for three days this weekend, you'll have the chance to taste the new frontier of exotic eating at the Brooklyn Bugs Festival.
Going down Friday to Sunday in Brooklyn, the festival invites insect-friendly chefs and scientists to venues like T.B.D. Brooklyn, Kinfolk 94, Brooklyn Kitchen and Guadalupe Inn to show off what's possible when you get over your Fear Factor misapprehensions and take a bite of a crunchy, protein-packed hexapod. Head to panels like "Insects as functional ingredients and meat replacers" and "What does human culture say about insects as food?" Meals will be provided by a talented coterie of insect innovators, including Bocuse d'Or champion chef Matthew Peters, The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook author David George Gordon and festival creator and chef Joseph Yoon.