Visit Mexico City during the annual Insect Feast Festival.

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The "wonderfood" of the future? Are you a food lover? Mexico City is famous for its tasty food, history, color, and crowds.

“Huerto Roma Verde” in the heart of México City, in Colonia Roma Sur, hosts “El Bonito Tianguis”.  A highlight of the fast-growing annual event is “Insect Feast Festival 2018” each June to enlighten people about pre-Hispanic food through entomophagy gastronomy or insect-eating.

This food of the future is bite-over-bite delicious! Join me on a culinary journey like no other...

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A look into the past -- to the ancient Aztec lifestyle --  may save us in the future. Insect farms could increase the world’s supply of protein while reducing and recycling waste.

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The Insect Feast Festival is growing fast from 5,500 visitors in 2016 to 8,500 in 2017.

Over three full days digesting daring delicacies gives you time to try grasshoppers, leaf-cutter ants (an Oxacan delicacy), Scorpions, tiger scorpions, fried tarantulas, insect caviar or escamoles (ant larvae, is a dish native to Central Mexico, once considered a delicacy by the Aztecs), stink bugs, cicadas, white grub, maguey worms, Madagascar roaches and beetles in all kinds of presentations.

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The variety amazes from all kinds of tacos, tostadas, soups, pretzels,ice cream, cold coffee, mezcal cocktails injected with insect protein, and sweet desserts. My favorite?  Madagascar roaches filled with chocolate (they taste like nuts) tied with grasshopper-stuffed muffins topped with maguey worm salt.

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In 2010 UNESCO declared Mexican food a cultural heritage of humanity.  "Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques, and ancestral community customs and manners.”

“It’s important to remember when you eat Mexican food, that it is part of a culture, not just a stomach filler,” says Mexican caterer, Norma French, of Los Sabores de México.

“It is a feast for the senses as well, since your sight will be delighted with all kinds of colours and the smell will guide you to a very pleasant and mouthwatering food stand.” https://youtu.be/TW3krzVFpxU

The market also offers all kinds of local produce, cheese, mezcal, pulque, beer and other alcoholic beverages, health and beauty products - 100% eco-friendly, oils and ointments, Bach flower remedy, honey, etc.

Since this event was created featuring @ La Bonita Vacacion and The Ecotourism and Magic Towns Market, there are plenty of options for rural tourism, gastronomy, Ancestral Haciendas, biking, hiking, deserts, camping, beaches, rivers and local communities and magic towns. Both events are part of the “Un mundo mas mejor group.” (A better world group).

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So, if you are thinking on planning your next vacation, instead of using a commercial travel agency to go to Oaxaca, go straight to the source and help who needs it the most.

Local communities in Oaxaca have come together since 1994 to create an ecotourism project called Expediciones Sierra Norte as an opportunity for regional development. They are the very first network of hiking and mountain biking trails in Sierra Norte to show visitors the most relevant aspects of this important natural site and culture.

“We are very thankful of the support of our community members and local government, as well as the Canadian Embassy and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The preservation of our culture and natural resources inspires the project.”

The best part of the festival was the commitment to the environment. Both expositors and visitors were very responsible with the planet. I would like to applaud the organizers for such a nice experience and for worrying about the environmental impact of such events and succeed in educating people about it. They did not use any disposable products, no plastics, wood, cardboard or Styrofoam and people brought their cups, plates and cutlery to participate.

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Thumbs up for the Annual Insect Feast festival as this event not only accomplished to show culture and provide us with a very original food choice but also provided a space for local producers, communities, brewers and helped educate people. See you next year, and every year!