BugFest about to crawl into Raleigh

September 2, 2013 by  

Raleigh, North Carolina, residents who are fond of fun and unusual events will have a chance to participate in one this September, when BugFest comes to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.

The one-day festival honors creepy-crawly critters, and the popular travel website TripAdvisor.com named BugFest one of the ten “wackiest” events in the nation this summer. Other events that made the list are Pullman, Washington’s National Lentil Festival, and the Chicken Show in Wayne, Nebraska. There is also St. Paul, Minnesota’s Internet Cat Video Festival for feline fanciers.

Raleigh bug fans can get up close and personal with their favorite insects without having to travel further than downtown. Even more enticing, the event is free and has activities designed to appeal to both adults and children. Included among these is Café Insecta, where local chefs will prepare dishes with bugs as the main ingredients. As a warm-up for the day’s festivities, an ‘Iron Chef’ type competition will be held the evening before, with chefs from Jimmy V’s Steak House and Tavern battling against cooks from Mandolin Restaurant in the ‘BugFest Critter Cook-off’. The cook-off is slated for September 20, with BugFest itself following the next day, September 21.

BugFest is the most popular event the museum hosts, with crowds topping 30,000 for the day. Museum officials might consider working with a poster printing company to have posters made up to place throughout Raleigh. They could also sell the posters at the museum on the day of the event, and might contact brochure printers to create pamphlets describing some of the bugs common to the area.