After Dark: Radical Wine & Chocolate

This event is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are now available for our remaining 3 After Dark events for the year, to be held as part of the program for Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures.

 After two sell-out years, Radical Wine & Chocolate is back to reveal the science behind the feel-good foods we love.

This delicious event will launch the Queensland celebrations of National Science Week 2013.

Embrace your inner scientist and discover the reasons wine and chocolate are good for you. Meet local wine producers and chocolatiers, sample some products, try your hand at experiments and join in fascinating discussions.   

Delve into the world of Science Fiction, Science Future as we open the Sciencentre especially for After Dark. No kids, no lines, no limits! 

Featuring Foyer Bar, demonstrations, product samples and sales, and entry to the Sciencentre.

Presented with Inspiring Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry & Biotechnology as part of National Science Week 2013.


Friday night: 9 August
$18 (18+ present ID on entry)
5.30pm – 9.00 pm.



6:00 – 6.30 Official Launch of Queensland National Science Week
6:45 – 7:00 Antioxidants and Wine – Dr Aaron Micallef, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland
7:15 – 7:30 Polyphenol Technology and Fat Rats – Professor Lindsay Brown, University of Southern Queensland
7.45 – 8:00 Chemistry of Winemaking – Jessica Ferguson, Laboratory Supervisor, Sirromet Wines
8.15 – 8.30 The Art of Chocolate Appreciation – Peter Ingall, Chocolatier, Mayfield Chocolates


Wine experiment: A case of sour grapes
Use a pH meter to find out the acidity of your favourite wine. Discover why acidity levels are monitored by winemakers.

Chocolate experiment: Oils ain’t oils!
Some chocolate contains pure cocoa butter while others contain a mix of cocoa butter and vegetable oil.  Find out the difference it makes to the final product.

Wine experiment: Wine sweet wine!
Use a refractometer to find out how much sugar is in your favourite wines.  The results may surprise you…

Wine experiment: What’s that smell?
Fancy yourself a bit of a sommelier? See if you can identify these different smells commonly found in wine!

Chocolate experiment: What’s that smell?
You thought chocolate just smelled like chocolate…but no! Can you identify different smells in chocolate?

Food & wine

Foyer Bar: Purchase individual cheese platters, bar snacks, beer and soft drink. Cheese platters are available for pre-purchase when you purchase your tickets.

Ballandean Estate
O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards
Clovely Estate
Summit Estate
Dr Red Nutraceuticals
Chocolate Moments
Mayfield Chocolates
Seatonfire Chilli Chocolates
Sirromet Wines
Daintree Estates – Australian Cocoa



Event Details

09 August 2013, 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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