Last week I attended the Eating Innovation Conference on Edible Insects in Montreal. It was the first time I gave a talk to a group of people who were already entirely on board with insects as food! MY Q&A portion did not include "have you eaten insects?" or "what do they taste like?" It was amazing!
I have been wanting to get involved with this community for some time now. There are people very active on social media, so I have become acquainted with them in that way, but I was finally able to shake some hands, put faces to names, and have dynamic discussions with them for the first time last week. One of the most notable things was the diverse crowd that was present. In one of the sessions we listed off the disciplines that were being represented at the conference. We came up with at least sixteen. Specialties ranged from anthropology, entomology, and agriculture to marketing, advertising, and business start-ups to name a few.
It was wonderful spending three days surrounded by people with such passion for making the world a better place. Such innovators and forward-thinkers. And then it dawned on me that those words are also often used to describe the people that are part of the revitalization of Detroit. Urban gardens, permaculture, and resource sharing are all burgeoning in the city. Entrepreneurs are making their homes here as well and creating wonderful food and drink culture in the area. I think the D is ready for a big bug banquet of some sort, so I thought, why not bring the next edible insects conference to Detroit?!
Dates will not be set for some time, but you can see that I am already brainstorming and making connections.
In addition to the conference proceedings, we'll have public talks and tastings where everyone is welcome. I absolutely cannot wait. If you are interested in more info or in helping out in some way, feel free to contact me here.