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Media Release
Release Date: November 6, 2014

Camosun Anthropology students are hosting the west coast's first ever Pestival, inviting the public to sample and learn about insect protein foods. Pestival is scheduled for 7-9pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Young 300 at Lansdowne campus.

Anthropologists have been talking about entomophagy, the human consumption of insects, for a long time. More recently, discussions have focused on how our industrial food system is affecting climate change and the unsustainability of the planet's fresh water. Pestival will showcase how insects are becoming a mainstream protein alternative.

"The world's population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050," explained Nicole Kilburn,
anthropology instructor at Camosun College. "How can we feed that many people? It's time to take food anthropology out of the classroom and promote some public conversation."

Pestival is being organized by students taking Camosun's Anthropology of Food course, as an opportunity for the students to share with the community what they are learning in the classroom.  Guests will be invited to sample a variety of insect protein foods, and visit interactive displays that explore and challenge our cultural reactions to the idea of eating insects.

Pestival organizers acknowledge and appreciate support from Next Millennium Farms, Tiny Farms and Chapul Cricket Bars.

Pestival tickets are $8, available at the door. For advance sales, email


Nicole Kilburn
Anthropology instructor, Camosun College

Pestival poster

Last updated: November 6, 2014 1:42 pm

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