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Gastronauts & Egg-onauts

photo 1gastrosmall This week we kicked off our Gastronauts event. Over the holiday period we have all sorts of foodie people visiting us, explaining the science of food, showing us how to cook and showing us some weird and wonderful foods.

 

 As part of the event we have been working on our Science of Food talk, where we explore taste and peculiar cooking methods with our audience. I was lucky enough to host the first of these talks on opening weekend. It was surprising to see that despite the taste bud trickery and the instant ice cream it was the BBQ flavoured mealworms that were our most popular snack.

 As well as our Gastronauts talks, to launch our event, local radio presenters Sam & Amy from Gem 106 came to take part in our Easter cook-off, and we put them head to head in a series of culinary challenges. In front of a packed audience they battled over making meringues and decorating ice cream whilst blindfolded. In a dazzling display of cooking excellence we finally crowned Amy our winner.

After a fantastic kick start to our half term activities our audience could head off in search of food to try and compete themselves in our amazing egg drop challenge. Working in teams they had to design and build a capsule to protect our Egg-onaut on his perilous journey from the roof of the John Eggleston Suite.

So if you want your taste buds tickling or to try your hand at engineering, head down before the 14 April. I have to dash; fresh jam and scones are being made in our demonstration kitchen by Whetstone Pastures.


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