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Buzzfest held at Wild Center

Insect chef David George Gordon holds up a chili and lime spiced grasshopper as an interested crowd waits for a sample.

Insect chef David George Gordon holds up a chili and lime spiced grasshopper as an interested crowd waits for a sample. Photo by Alan Belford.

— “I ate a baby grasshopper,” said Rebecca Lake of Saranac. “It was spicy and chocolatey.”

“I enjoy everything here,” added her sister Rachel who took a while to get up the nerve to eat a bug. “It is a great place to learn, and you get to see the wildlife in their natural environment.”

And despite her enthusiasm over eating bugs, Rebecca added, “my favorite part of the day was holding a dragonfly.”

Perhaps such responses are the most important outcome of an event like Buzzz Fest.

“Insects can have a bad reputation,” said Carr. “It’s great to see people come together and celebrate them.”

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