2018 Media Preview Photos by Christopher Guy, Instagram - @picturelisten
Science of Cocktails 2017 Photos from the Science World Website.
Showcase Restaurant Image from their website.
Before I start I want to say - if you like cocktails and have never been to the Science of Cocktails main event, you need to go. It's wonderful. I've attended three years in a row and have always been amazed by the creativity of the drinks and the food. One surprise last year - a margarita served 3 ways: traditional, in jelly beans and turned into a steam that you inhaled.
On February 8, 2018, Science World will be filled with over 25 stations offering unique science-inspired cocktails created by award winning bartenders (mixologists). Others will offer unique hors d’oeuvres prepared by locally renowned chefs, amazing science demonstrations and intriguing hand-on activities.
Attendees can also give themselves a pat on the back for doing something for the community. Science of Cocktails is a fundraiser created when the facility lost their government funding for their underfunded schools program. By attending this event, you'll be helping to send thousands of kids from underserved schools so Science World on class field trips. Each class bursary includes bus transportation, admission and a take home activity. Last year over 8,000 students participated and they hope to increase that number this year. And don't forget, general ticket holders receive a $50 tax receipt and VIP ticket holders receive a $150 receipt.
If you can afford to - I highly suggest getting a VIP ticket. Why?
- You arrive to complimentary valet parking
- You enter an hour earlier than the general ticket holder which means no long lineups at the stations.
- You will receive a special themed take-away gift.
NOW TO THE MEDIA PREVIEW
At the media preview we were treated to a mini-version of the main event. Held in Marriott Hotel Pinnacle's beautiful Showcase Restaurant & Bar in Coal Harbour, you could feel the excitement on entering. The energy was high and there was a definite buzz going on. Photos were being snapped, interviews conducted, questions asked, drinks sipped and canapes consumed. Everyone was smiling.
My favourite cocktail by taste (really close as they were all amazing) - Southern Ginger Belle. Loved the hints of citrus and ginger.
My favourite food - ‘Char Sui’ pork rillettes, recipe below. I stood talking to the chef at this table for quite awhile and snuck back for seconds. Fabulous!
My favourite story - At the Yuzu Sake-Tini cocktail station. Hearing the concept and all the science behind the creation of this drink had my rapt attention for a full 10 minutes. Bravo.
1. Guatemala Colada | Liquor: Ron Zacapa
Presented by Diageo
50 ml Ron Zacapa rum with coconut oil
22 ml Maillard Pineapple Cordial
22 ml citric acid and lactic acid solution
Stirred, served neat
Presented by Showcase Restaurant & Bar
Edible caviar flavor using Calcium Bath & Molecular Mixology
1/2oz simple syrup
1g citric acid
Yuzu + sodium alginate pearls (in calcium bath)
3. Southern Ginger Belle | Brand: Southern Comfort
30ml Lemon juice
5ml ginger juice
5ml simple syrup
1 spoon Orange Marmalade
Presented by Makerlabs
2oz Remy Martin
1 Sugar cube
2 Dash bitters
1. ‘Char Sui’ pork rillettes, yuzu pearls, miso sesame emulsion, rice cracker, togarashi, perilla leaf.
Presented by Showcase Restaurant & Bar
Char Sui BBQ flavoured pork rillettes, yuzu juice thickened with agar agar to appear like pearls or row. Miso and sesame emulsion, fried rice cracker, togarashi spice blend and wild sesame leaf (also known as perilla leaf) which is quick frozen and mulled with liquid nitrogen.
2. Pink Flower Roll
Chef: Takayuki Sato
Presented by Hapa Izakaya
Sushi rice, asparagus, Albacore Tuna, fried egg, topped with beet juice dye, white radish & shiso leaves
3. Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Chef: Kyle Baker
Presented by The Keg
Chilled jumbo shrimp served with a martini cocktail sauce
Ping Pong Cannon - "Witness the awesome power of air pressure as an ordinary ping pong ball is accelerated to over 700km/h – fast enough to puncture straight through the side of an aluminum beer can."
Tinkering ‘Tinker-Bling’ (bow tie, necklace) - "Craft yourself a light up LED necklace or bow tie by creating your own custom circuit."
I apologize in that I didn't stop by and create my own Tinker-Bling, but as you can see from the images, most of the attendees dove right in and what they created was a lot of fun.