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Critter Cook-off for BugFest 2023

  • Friday, September 15, 2023
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

Critter Cook-off 2017

Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, Sept. 15 from 11am to noon, for an Iron Chef-style cook-off with a twist featuring local chefs from SoulBachi and Ethio-Indi Alkaline Cuisine. These adventurous chefs will create an appetizer, entrée and dessert incorporating ingredients ranging from crickets to superworms (darkling beetle larvae).

This year’s brave taste-testers will judge the buggy fare based on taste, presentation and creativity. Our judges panel features Michelle Mackonochie, Morning Anchor for WRAL News; Rachel Duensing, Meteorologist for CBS17; Karen Clark, Mid-day Personality for Foxy 107/104 Radio; and Dr. Nigel Armes, Entomologist and Director of R&D Operations from BASF.

You can watch the competition in person on the first floor of the Nature Exploration Center (11 W Jones St. entrance). The program will also stream live online on YouTube.


September 15, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Chris Smith