A Taste of Science

11 November 2017

A National Space Centre and Great Food Club Show with a twist.


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Enjoy a night out surrounded by the very best food available to try and buy. An evening dedicated to eating, drinking, learning and discovering something new and exciting around every corner.

The Centre will be filled with a market of food stalls, workshops, talks, demonstrations, experiments, music and an indoor food court.

Drop in to the demonstration kitchen to see chefs create amazing dishes, take a seat to learn about the very best the region has to offer and have a go at molecular gastronomy with our special guests.


Tickets are only £10 and include:

  • Entry to the National Space Centre (usually £14)
  • Hosted tastings and sampling sessions
  • Live music
  • Workshops, talks, demonstrations and competitions


If you are looking for something different on a Saturday night, then this is the antidote to the mundane and boring. Come and join us for a Taste of Science and discover your love of food and the science behind why you love it.


19:00 Doors open – food court and market open

19:30 Hosted sampling stage opens

20:00 Talks/Workshops/Demonstrations begin

20:30 Live band

22:30 Event ends

23:00 Building closed

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Justin and the Argonauts

Justin and the Argonauts are a fresh four-piece ensemble from Rochester. Comprised of violin, accordion, guitar and tuba they play an eclectic blend and fast paced tango, classical and out there pop as you’ve never heard it before. They have been making a big splash with their Klezmer “Hit me Baby” and jazz tinged “Tainted Love” to much acclaim.

Demonstration Kitchen Stage

Chinese Soul Food

Join Kwoklyn Wan as he introduces some dishes from his Leicester / Chinese heritage, which can all be found in his brand-new cookery book.


Heat Shielding Spacecraft with Meringue

Andrew Smyth, finalist in the 2016 Great British Bake Off and Aerospace Engineer at Rolls-Royce, is returning to the National Space Centre.

Join Andrew and our Space Communications team to learn more about culinary heat shielding on spacecraft and making the best Baked Alaska whilst returning your craft to Earth safely.



Like the Large Hadron Collider, SciRecipes smashes together science and baking to turn the complex into something simple and tasty.

Image Credit: ESA/NASA

Space Science Lab

Drop in to discover some of Tim Peake’s space food created by Heston Blumenthal.

19:30 – 20:30 and 21:00 – 22:00

Want to get involved?

If you are a regional food producer, foodie, scientist or maker who wants to be involved in the event, or have a suggestion for a participant, please contact marketing@spacecentre.co.uk

Market Traders (HUB)

In the heart of our galleries discover the very best food producers. Sample, ask questions, find something you love and buy lots to enjoy at home:

The Libation Lounge (Shuttle Suites)

An area dedicated to all manner of local and global alcoholic beverages. Here you can try, buy and learn more on the tasting stage (standing room only).

20:20 Manhattan 34 – cocktail masterclass
20:50 Brewklopedia/23 Wine and Whiskey – try and buy something local or global

Food Court

Join us for dinner, or maybe a quick cocktail or two, as we fill our courtyard with great food and drink. Grab a snack, or a full three course banquet, with lots of indoor seating under giant rockets available.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
18+ – Due to alcohol being served this event is for people aged 18 and above.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes’ walk of the Centre.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261 (this phone line is manned Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00)

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, tickets are non-transferable or refundable.

Can I update my registration information?
No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.