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Bug Crawl

Bug Crawl:
Food & Drink Pairings for the 21st Century

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 | 6:00pm

Registration and payment required.

Insects are the food of the future and a surprisingly plentiful and nutritious food source. They are also a sustainable way to feed the earth’s growing population. Join us for an evening of adventurous eating at Bug Crawl – Food & Drink Pairings for the 21st Century. Chef Josh Hunter of Company’s Coming Catering has designed a tasting menu of gourmet delicacies that will include cricket fritters, teriyaki glazed hissing cockroach brochettes, and silk worm pupae summer rolls, served at several Big Bug stations throughout the garden. Learn the science behind this innovative cuisine as you sample these unexpectedly tasty selections. Guests will also enjoy beer and wine specially chosen to complement the evening’s menu. This is a rain or shine event. In case of rain the stations will be under the café tent.

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Cricket Fritters
with coconut curry dipping sauce and crudité with chutney yogurt dip

Meal Worm Fries
with smoked sea salt and spicy catsup and corn fritters

Teriyaki Glazed Hissing Cockroach and vegetable brochettes
Grill your own

Bamboo Worm Bruschetta
and cheese display with grapes and crackers

Silk Worm Pupae Summer Rolls
on Cucumber Crescents with Ginger Tamari Glaze and vegetable pot stickers with ponzu sauce

Fight world hunger, eat bugs.

Did you know... The UN recently released a report on the benefits of eating insects and how this practice may help to end the world's hunger problems. Read more...

GRUB - The New Yorker's Dana Goodyear writes on gourmet entomophagy. Read more...

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Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.