Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014: 5 GastroFest highlights

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014: 5 GastroFest highlights


Including Jelly & Gin's Sensation, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and The Feast of the Commonwealth


Edinburgh-based food pioneers Jelly & Gin host a sequel of sorts to last year’s Sensory Dining, with a selection of delicious food installations designed to explore the flavours, textures, shapes and smells of our food.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Apr.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Far from your average kitschy, Alice in Wonderland-themed event, this adults-only Tea Party will delve into the science of intoxication, with discussion topics ranging from opium dens to zombie caterpillars. There’ll be some experimental treats and a specially foraged soup to slurp up as well, so it might be time to overcome that suspicion of anything labelled ‘Eat me’.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Apr.

LateLab: Atmosphere / Soylent Green

‘Expanded cinema’ crew Atmosphere present a special screening of the classic Charlton Heston sci-fi flick, in which mega-corporation Soylent Industries believes it has found a solution to world hunger. Learned bio-boffins will be on hand to answer questions raised in the film, with reference to the real-life sciences of algaculture and synthetic biology.
Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Apr.

GastroLab: RGB Cocktail Party

Find out how colour alters our perception with food designer and artist Emilie Baltz at this alcohol-friendly LateLab session, with live visuals from DJ Steve Gibson ‘to complement each of the three phases of mixology’.
Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, Sun 6 Apr.

The Feast of the Commonwealth

As part of the countdown to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, the Science Festival marks ‘100 days to go’ with an adults-only gala dinner, featuring input from leading chef Neil Forbes, Edinburgh Medal recipient Dr Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango and a selection of local and global scientists and culinary stars.
Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Fri 11 Apr.

LateLab: GastroLab - Inedible or incredible?

Edinburgh Science Festival

Hands-on science for families in venues across the city with a programme ranging from the entertaining to the controversial and, of course, the icky.


Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.