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BugFest Critter Cook-off, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11 am

Contact: Emelia Cowans
919.733.7450, x305

Downtown Raleigh chefs battle for the title of BugFest Critter Cook-off champ

(RALEIGH)—Brian O'Hara, from Irish pub Tir Na Nog, battles Howard McCall from the Mint in this year's BugFest Critter Cook-off. This fun-filled media preview will be held on Thursday, September 10 at 11 a.m. on the first floor of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Each chef will prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert using the following ingredients: mealworms, waxworms, crickets and ants for a panel of celebrity judges. Each dish will be judged on taste, originality and presentation. The chef whose creative concoctions stimulate the judges’ taste buds the most will be bestowed with the title of 2009 Critter Cook-off Champion!

The Cook-off kicks off BugFest, the country's largest single-day festival dedicated to the insect world. BugFest 2009 is Saturday, September 12  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free admission and bug-filled dishes from the Café Insecta.

Thursday's preview will last about an hour, with opportunities to interview the guest chefs and celebrity judges. Parking is available in the visitor parking lot at the corner of Jones and Wilmington streets.  Call 919.733.7450 x305 for more information.


The North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications, and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.