A Taste of Science at the National Space Centre

Geeking out and eating food are two of my favourite pastimes. I’ve been fascinated by space since I was about 4 years old, so getting the chance to combine the two is a winning combination. A Taste of Science sees the National Space Centre filled with street food traders and producers, all with a penchant for food science, for the night on April 21st.

The £10 ticket price includes entry to the Space Centre (usually £14) as well as sampling sessions, demos, talks and live music. The upcoming event features Leicester’s GBBO finalist Andrew Smyth talking about how to bake in space!

I went along to the last A Taste of Science event to pig out among the planets and check out some really cool food producers, starting off with Katjes Magic Candy Factory.

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These guys don’t just make sweets, they 3D print them!

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Gastronomic Gorman Birmingham Food Blog A Taste of Science National Space Centre 3D Printed Sweets

They can pretty much make everything into a sugary treat, even your own face with their selfie sweeties.

Continuing on the sweet theme, next up was Cocoa Tabby and their seemingly endless options of handmade, flavoured Belgian chocolate.

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From fruity ones like passionfruit or bramley apple, to chilli, these Derbyshire based chocolatiers even let you design your own bar.

The other market stall that caught my eye was Sci Recipes, mostly because their stall was overrun by dinosaurs!

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Aimed at kids of varying ages, these letterbox friendly parcels are full of treats to bake at home with a little help from science.

From cracking Alan Turing’s Enigma code to reveal a banana split bombe recipe, to alien inspired pulsar biscuits, these fun projects make amazing gifts. I picked up a gingerbread dinosaur kit for my nephew’s Christmas present. How cute are these!

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You can catch Sci Recipes on the Live Space Stage at 7:45 at the upcoming event.

Of course I couldn’t take a trip to Leicestershire without leaving with some Stilton. I’m not normally a big fan of blue cheese, but I tried some nonetheless and found a really creamy Stilton on offer at The Melton Cheeseboard, so I grabbed a small portion to take home.

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I also bought some loose leaf tea and some curry spices before running into the Live space stage for a cooking demo with chef and YouTuber Kwoklyn Wan of Wantons restaurant.

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As well as learning the art (or should I say science) behind cooking the perfect dumpling, I got to try a mind and tongue boggling chilli infused ice cream, which was hot, cold and  surprisingly tasty all in one!

Kwoklyn is back at the next event with a sushi rolling masterclass in the workshop lab.

As well as enjoying all the food and drink-based fun, I really enjoyed getting to see the Space Centre itself. The rocket towers are amazing to behold, as are the Soyuz capsules suspended from the ceiling as you walk in. To get that close to some of the hardware that’s actually been into space gave me chills. Admittedly I also enjoyed playing with the interactive exhibits designed for kids. The only thing I was gutted I didn’t get to see was the Planetarium, but there’s plenty going on in there at the next event.

So whether you’re into space, science, food, or all 3, A Taste of Science is a great fun event, and a really unique night out. It’s next on April 21st and tickets are £10, or £30 if you want a space at Kwoklyn’s workshop.

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