When I first heard of the Philadelphia Science Festival I thought it sounded a bit geeky and too low key for my taste.  (Yawn).  I had never thought about science as being “fun.”  Boy was I wrong!  The schedule for this year festivities came out and I was eating my words (literally).  This year the festival will features a series of 33 Cafe’ Events that involve science but also FOOD, and anyone who follows Philly Loves Fun knows that I LOVE food!

Back in the day, the Founding Fathers used Philadelphia’s bars and restaurants as prime gathering places for dialogue and debate. During the Philadelphia Science Festival, our renowned restaurants, bars, and cafes will once again be hot spots for fun and exciting discourse — this time about the science behind the foods we eat.  I can’t wait!

Check out my TOP CAFE PICKS: 

MIX IT! OPENING NIGHT PARTY, on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 PM, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Cocktails, games, music, and technology collide at the tapping of the Science Festival Beer by Yards Brewery. Enjoy a cold Weizenbock while creating music and building gadgets with NextFab. Must be 21+.  Tickets: $5

GROW IT, COOK IT, EAT IT on Sunday, April 22 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM,  Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

Everyone can grow tomatoes, but have you ever tried to grow your own mushrooms or spinach? And just what is kohlrabi anyway? Join agricultural experts and culinary students and experience a variety of demonstrations and activities throughout the garden. Find out about the various kinds of produce that is available locally and discover
the science behind raising our meats (dairy, pork, and poultry). Learn how to grow veggies — or how to choose and enjoy the wares at the farmers markets popping up all over the city. Tickets: $10

CHOCOLATE, SEX, AND SCANDAL: THE ROLE OF AN INNOCENT BEAN IN THE COURTS OF EUROPE  on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 PM, DiBruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Ever wonder why we react so strongly to that little seed of the cacao tree? Its trace elements affect our psychology as well as our taste buds. Enjoy samples of chocolates as we learn how to listen to its symphony and hear its intriguing history on the world stage. Tickets: $5

OTHER GREAT EVENTS

The full slate of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s programming can be accessed HERE.  Watch for more previews in the upcoming week!  Also, be sure to visit our CONTEST PAGE for several chances to win TWO FREE tickets to “Extraction: Food and Flavor,” Tuesday, April 24, two PSF 2012 tote bags and a limited edition PSF 2012 poster – there are many ways to win and its free!

Disclaimer: This post and contest is brought to you with support from the Philadelphia Science Festival who provided the tickets. Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with this giveaway. Data collected may be shared with the Philadelphia Science Festival.  No monetary compensation or in-kind items were provided for this post.

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