Coalo's Weekend at the LA Bug Fair

Last weekend, Coalo set up shop at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for the 30th Annual Bug Fair. This two-day event featured so many incredible exhibitors and programs exploring the wonderful world of insects. Here are some highlights from this year's Bug Fair:


"Would you like to try a chocolate covered cricket?"

The Team

The Team

Our team spent the weekend doling out Chocolate Cricket Nibs, a sample-size version of our Coalo Cocoa Coated Crickets. We did this for two reasons: one, they’re so delicious we can’t help but share them; and two, they're a non-threatening way to introduce edible insects to first-timers. At the end of each day, we held a raffle and our lucky winners received one pound of Chocolate Cricket Nibs!

Elliot and Peter hard at work

Elliot and Peter hard at work

We love spreading the word about entomophagy. The fact that we gave hundreds of people the chance to try crickets for the first time made the weekend incredibly special.


Great Minds Think Alike

We shared a table with our friends Dee and Dave Robinson. They own HOPN Bakery, a local company that uses cricket powder to make sustainable, protein-packed dog treats. 

Dee and Dave with their yummy HOPN dog treats

Dee and Dave with their yummy HOPN dog treats

Right next to the Coalo/HOPN table was Lithic Nutrition. Lithic's founders, Dave and Lars Baugh, recently debuted a new line of cricket protein bars. These delicious bars are made from Coalo Cricket Powder and received rave reviews from Bug Fair attendees!

Dave and Lars at the Lithic table

Dave and Lars at the Lithic table

It was wonderful to spend the weekend with enthusiastic, like-minded people who believe in the power of the cricket!  


Master Chef: Bug Edition

David George Gordon and Zack Lemann competing for the title of "Master Chef"

David George Gordon and Zack Lemann competing for the title of "Master Chef"

One of the most exciting parts of the weekend was "Master Chef: Bug Edition."  During this two-day event, expert entomophagy chefs David George Gordon and Zack Lemann competed to see who could create the tastiest edible insect dishes. They whipped up all kinds of entomophagy treats, which were then passed around to the audience. It was awesome to see so many people eager to eat insects for the first time!

Refried Beans and Mealworms from Zack...Yum!

Refried Beans and Mealworms from Zack...Yum!

Our team was lucky enough to meet both of the Master Chef contestants. Zack brought us cricket cookies and refried beans with mealworms, which were absolutely delicious. David also visited our table, where he enjoyed a chocolate covered cricket and even posed for a picture with Lucas!

David George Gordon and Lucas

David George Gordon and Lucas

We loved getting the chance to chat with both Zack and David. And we can definitely say that these were the best "celebrity sightings" we've had since moving to LA.


Fostering a Love For Science and Nature

Learning about insects with the Bug Fair Staff

Learning about insects with the Bug Fair Staff

Another Bug Fair highlight was getting to know the children and families who attended. We met so many great kids who have a genuine love for insects.

Checking out some interesting specimens

Checking out some interesting specimens

It was inspiring to see the excitement on these kids' faces when they showed off their insect-themed face paint, proudly displayed a brand new pet cockroach or announced that they had just eaten a bug for the first time. We couldn't help but let this enthusiasm rub off on us. 

Kids love Lithic Bars, too!

Kids love Lithic Bars, too!

They say that if a child develops a love for science and nature early on, it will last a lifetime. We believe the same holds true for entomophagy.   


The Museum

Taking a break with the chimpanzees

Taking a break with the chimpanzees

The Natural History Museum is an amazing place to visit, Bug Fair or no Bug Fair.  It was a busy day and some exhibits were closed due to the event, but we were still able to take a few breaks to do some exploring and learning! 

NHMLA

NHMLA

What a great weekend. Many thanks to the phenomenal Bug Fair Staff for organizing this event, and to everyone who stopped by the Coalo Valley Farms table to learn about entomophagy. See you next year, NHMLA! 

- Team Coalo