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NY Adventure Club & Brooklyn Bugs Presents: Bugapalooza 2018

  • Ripley's Believe It or Not 234 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)


If you love chocolate chip cookies, why not add a small sprinkle of mealworms? Or how about the classic grilled cheese sandwich with a hint of crickets? It's time to battle the myths, fears, and taboos surrounding these delicious, protein-filled critters through a bug festival that will forever change your opinion of them from YUM!

Join New York Adventure Club and Chef Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs on April Fool's Eve for the 1st Annual Bugapalooza at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, a culinary event dedicated to helping introduce people to the world of edible bugs (don't worry, it's not as scary as you think).

Once the doors close to the general public (aka Times Square tourists, Naked Cowboys, and rude Elmos), this ode-to-bugs will feature:

  • The Little Critter package of 6 expertly-crafted bug dishes paired with familiar comfort foods like Grilled Cheese & Cricket Bites and Chapulines Popcorn — upgrade to The King Scorpion tier for access to 4 additional higher-end bug bites with equally yummy 'normal' food :)
  • An open kitchen to watch Chef Yoon cook and prepare delicious insect cuisine
  • An intro to the menu items by Chef Yoon and his team, with opportunities to learn about Entomophagy and the importance of bugs in our diet
  • Free reign to roam over 20 themed rooms bursting with the bizarre, from the world’s largest collection of shrunken heads to an authentic 19-foot-tall albino giraffe — not to mention a perception-altering Black Hole and Laser Maze Challenge
  • Tasty beer and wine from our sponsors with the purchase of an open bar add-on

Trust us, edible bugs are #nobigdeal, just ask 80% of the world's population who eat insects as a regular part of their diet.

Watch a video of Chef Yoon with the New York Times - Science Section, and read more about his bug movement!

See you there!


*Beer and wine can only be purchased at the event with the open bar add-on ticket

**Tickets will close several days before the event, so don't miss out!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!


Entomo Farms

Merci Mercado

One Hop Kitchen

Dinner Echo


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ID will be checked at door. Must be 16 or older to enter, 21+ to consume alcohol

No refunds. All sales are final.

Categories: Social, Food

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