Mealworms were on the menu at one of the annual Austin BugFest events. Photo by Deborah Cannon for the American-Statesman.

Entomophagy has been a food trend du jour, but for nearly a decade, Austin bug-eaters have convened for the annual BugFest, which turns 9 this year. The event, hosted by the edible insect nonprofit Little Herds, returns from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ingredients, the market, coffee shop and beer garden at 2610 Manor Road.

Guests can learn about all the ways you can eat insects, including cricket tacos that La Condesa chef Rick Lopez will prepare in a cooking demonstration, and find out why insects are increasingly used as a source of sustainable protein. The event is open to all ages and is free to attend. You can find out more at