Young man being served at Cafe Insecta

Come to Cafe Insecta, where you can get your own taste of entomophagy — the practice of eating bugs! Try bug-filled dishes prepared by local chefs while learning about the health and environmental benefits of this crunchy (and surprisingly delicious) practice. Cafe Insecta has been the center of BugFest since the event started 20 years ago, and each year it just keeps getting better. Cafe Insecta opens at 10am, and closes when the food runs out — so come early!

Why Eat Bugs??

  1. It's traditional!
    Eating bugs might sound weird, but not eating bugs is even weirder! Whether it's Mexican agave worms or South African locust porridge, bug-filled dishes have found their way into the culinary palates of up to 80% of countries on earth!
  2. It's sustainable!
    Did you know it takes 3,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef? Compare that to only a tenth of a gallon of water needed to produce a pound of crickets! Insects also require less food, energy, and space than conventional sources of protein like pigs and poultry. Taken together, this means insects are a highly sustainable food source.
  3. It's healthy!
    When you eat a burger, you're mostly eating cow muscle. But when people eat insects, they tend to eat the whole animal. This gives us more diverse nutrients. For example, whole insects are high in fiber, whereas steak and eggs have practically no fiber! Insects are also high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Participating Restaurants

  • bu•ku: Located at the corner of Wilmington and Davie Street in Raleigh, bu•ku: Global Street Food is a local restaurant telling a global story. Inspired by the pushcarts and street vendors in cities across the globe, we harvest an array of unique and distinct flavors and display them in a virtual kaleidoscope of plates.
  • Daily Planet Cafe: The Daily Planet Cafe, located in the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, features breakfast entrees and pastries, a full coffee bar, sandwiches, seasonal salads, small plate entrees, eight beers on tap and delicious wines. Speaking of North Carolina, our menu features many products born and bred in the Tar Heel state.
  • Tan-Durm: Tan-Durm is an Indian food truck with a local twist based out of Durham, North Carolina. You can follow us on Instagram @eattandurm and Twitter @eatTANDURM
  • Chez Moi: Chez Moi is a specialty bakery which offers a variety of desserts not found in traditional bakeries. We offer outstanding flavors in our high-quality, made-from-scratch desserts which are mixed in small batches. We are known for our Brown Sugar Vanilla rum cake but offer many other desserts on our food truck.
  • Pho Nomenal Dumplings: As a food truck specializing in dumplings, pho and other asian food, we've merged our American dreams and Asian stomachs. Here's to celebrating our inner fat kid, giving back to the community that we love, and having a blast while doing it.
  • Citizen Pops: 100% natural fresh fruit and ice cream pops made by hand in Raleigh. Find us all over the Triangle at farmer's markets, food truck rodeos and outdoor festivals.
  • Mac-Ur-Roni: How do you like your roni mac'd? We are a food truck specializing in topped Macaroni and Cheese.