Coalo's Weekend at the LA Bug Fair
"Would you like to try a chocolate covered cricket?"
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!
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.
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!
It was wonderful to spend the weekend with enthusiastic, like-minded people who believe in the power of the cricket!
Master Chef: Bug Edition
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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!