Craving a fusion of science and food? #ATLSciFest 2017 is jam packed with events related to culinary science. Learn about the chemistry of sour beer, cooking with insects, pickling vegetables and much more.
The Science of Sour Beer
With over 5000 years of recorded history, beer is man's oldest application of microbiology. The interaction between water, grains, and yeast results in the magical elixir known as beer. In modern times, armed with knowledge of microbiology, brewers have been able to choose how they manipulate microorganisms to make a certain flavor or beer variety. In this way, Orpheus Brewery has begun to utilize bacteria, usually seen as spoilage organisms, in their production of deliciously sour beer. In this event you will learn about the microbiology behind sour beer production, and get to taste this science in action, as you sip on different beer samples. Attendees will enjoy all of their favorite Orpheus beverages in a keepsake Atlanta Science Festival Science beaker/pint glass. More info!
Compost Critters: Kids Day on the Farm
Come be an ecological explorer as we dig deep into the wonderful web of food and compost! Under the guidance of our farmers and a team of scientists from Emory, we'll learn about critters that help compost and techniques to make your own backyard bin. Thanks to the cooking of Atlanta Chef Philip Meeker, we’ll even get to taste some of the delicious food that comes from the farm. Kids will have the chance to get their hands dirty and learn a few songs, too! This event is an open event with drop in any time, so check our website for a more detailed schedule of the afternoon's activities. Also, explore the farm on a self-guided tour while you are here! More info!
Art and Science of Cooking with Insects
Americans love to chow down on lobster and shrimp, but in other parts of the world, people dine on these arthropods' land-based cousins as well. Insects are delicious and nutritious staples, yet an outdated taboo makes us get all squirmy at the thought of it. With 2,000 flavors and textures to play with, cooking with insects can be as fun as it is beneficial to local and global health. Curious about broadening your palette? Join us for a public conversation and optional sampling of traditional delicacies as bug breeder Chelsea Thomas and comic artist Blue Delliquanti discuss raising insects for the table and writing a graphic novel about love in the time of grasshopper tacos. More info!
Science Happy Hour
Have you ever wondered how so much delicious flavor finds its way into a bottle of beer? Join the Georgia Tech School of Physics and SweetWater Brewing Company for happy hour with scientists and brewmasters as we investigate the role of specific gravity in the fermentation process. Explore interactive home brewing demonstrations and take a guided tour of the SweetWater brewery. Attendees will enjoy all of their favorite SweetWater beverages in a keepsake Atlanta Science Festival Science beaker/pint glass. More info!
Science of Pickling Produce: A Canning Workshop
Looking to get creative with your produce? Join us for a hands-on canning workshop and learn how science can help you make your own pickled green beans! You will learn the science behind low and high-acid foods, processing times, and safe food practices. The fun doesn’t end there; you’ll even be able to plant your own green bean seeds at the educational farm next door. This event is open to anyone over 13 years of age. More info!
Canning for Kids! Jam Packed Science
Learn the science behind food safety and food preservation while preparing your own jam that you can take home! Join us as we teach children - and parents - how easy preserving food can be. You don’t want to miss this hands-on experience; it will be JAM-packed with fun! More info!
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