From tasting a unique range of flavoured beers at Aberdeen’s only microbrewery to mastering the art of champagne tasting, TechFest 2019 has a great selection of shows and events on offer for food and drink enthusiasts.
The north-east’s annual festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will run until September 28 at venues including Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen.
This year, it celebrates all things made in Aberdeen, with homegrown talent making up more than half of the programme, including local food and drink producers offering to show how STEM impacts their products.
Festivalgoers can also experience the Science of Champagne on September 27 with Adrian Gomes of 10 Dollar Shake who will offer a tutored tasting of various Champagnes while discussing production techniques and food pairing suggestions. He will highlight the specific characteristics of each variety, with the opportunity to taste five different ones.
Sarah Chew manager director of TechFest said: “We are incredibly excited to deliver a variety of engaging and entertaining events, providing an effective approach to learning about the many aspects of STEM and its relation to food and drink.
“This year’s food and drink focused events bring a unique offering to the festival, by offering a variety of insights into different topics such as, brewing, fermentation, tasting and production techniques.”
Highlights of this year’s festival include How to Speak Gorilla on September 14 where zoologist Michael Leach will share his experiences of living with the mountain gorillas of Central Africa and show the audience how to speak and interact with these amazing creatures.
In Science and the City tour (September 21) visitors can learn how Aberdeen scientists found the cure to diabetes and discovered the equation behind the mobile phone, while Hollywood Science (September 24) explores the science behind movies like UP and Jason Bourne.
The festival will close with Fireworks: Real Science of Just Bangs? on September 28 which showcases the magical and explosive world of pyrotechnic science, featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity and fire.
Sarah added: “None of this would be possible without the help we receive from our sponsors and supporters, in particular our joint principal funders Shell and BP, whose continued backing allows us to engage people of all ages in the fantastic opportunities that STEM can offer.”