After Dark explores the science behind regional flavours

29 July 2016

Explore the flavours of the region and discover the history and science behind your favourite beer, wine and chocolate during Cobb+Co Museum’s After Dark event during National Science Week.

Set amongst the iconic carriages, buggies and wagons of yesteryear, the museum will come to life on Wednesday, 17 August for After Dark: The Science of….beer, wine and chocolate.

Learn the science behind some crowd favourites and for the adventurous, test out the edible insects all while exploring the museum kid free, including the popular A Room for Wild Animals!

Hear the story behind great beer from Australian beer writer of the year Matt Kirkegaard, find out some weird and wonderful facts from bone fide wine scientist, USQ’s Ursula Kennedy and learn from Seatonfire Chillli Chocolate’s Jason O’Connor about matching beer and chocolate for a taste sensation you’ve never imagined.

In the kitchen science extraordinaire Dr Joel Gilmore demonstrates the chemistry of proteins, novel chemicals and new technologies while USQ’s Professor Lindsay Brown will talk about how purple super foods can reverse health issues.

Adults will get a fun science lesson from Street Science Steve using Bunsen burners and liquid nitrogen, hands on activities and games will be available and local musician singer/songwriter Linda Capewell will entertain the crowds.

Queensland Museum Network Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the event is part of an overall celebration of science for National Science Week.

“Science is fun and these events showcase the science behind Australia’s favourite foods and oldest beverages, National Science Week really helps explore activities that everyone can enjoy,” she said.

“While the event builds on Queensland Museum’s popular After Dark series, we have added a local flavour to the Toowoomba event.”

Local boutique beer supplier Granite Belt Brewery will be featured in the event on Wednesday, 17 August.

After Dark: The Science of…beer, wine and chocolate is supported by Inspiring Australia. The 18+  event runs from 5.30pm-9pm and tickets cost $21.

Tickets are on sale via QTIX. Visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 4659 4900.