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March 15, 2019

Taking place in 31 venues across the capital, Edinburgh Science Festival will have 270 different events running over the period 6-21st April.

As ever, the two week festival has plenty of offer for those who like their science to be both edible and easily digestible.

There are 16 food and drink related events happening over the course of the festival with events for kids and adults alike.

Very much on the adult side of the fence is the Science of the Sesh event on Saturday 6th April at the Dissection Room in Summerhall.

Guests are promised 'an evening of delicious drinks, boozy (but responsible) experiments and cocktail history'.

Sesh attendees will discover what factors and senses affect how we taste and how to make perfect cocktails at home while sipping on some beautiful drinks made with the best Scottish spirits.

Secrets of seafood

The Secrets of Seafood event (Upper Hall, Pleasance, Sunday 7th April) will explore alternative edible treats from the sea.

The Marine Conservation Society's Tara Proud; Slate Island Seaweed's Dr Duncan Smallman, and marine biologist Dr Tara Marshall will be sharing their knowledge while the audience sample seafood.

Alternatively, you could look at the science of cheese at Cheeseology 4.0 or get the low down on the perfect gin and tonic.

Budding chefs might want to sign up for a hands-on session with bestselling author Mary Contini and food writer Pru Irvine.

The writers of Easy Peasy! Real Cooking for Kids, which we reviewed a few months back, are hosting a fun-filled hour of food chat, blind tastings and cookery tips.

Spice of Life

Edinburgh Science Festival has a spicy food and drink strand.

Edinburgh Science Festival has a spicy food and drink strand.

Those of us who hope that we can eat our way to good health should make tracks for Spice of Life at the Pleasance on Friday 12 April.

Cancer researcher Prof Karen Brown and host Dr Stuart Farrimond will examine questions such as 'Could a turmeric latte be the cure for cancer?' and 'Does red wine really prevent dementia?'

As well as sorting the fake claims from the real ones, the event will take a look at so-called superfoods.

This writer is hoping to hear that regular bourbon consumption will prevent dementia, halt weight gain and aid longevity.

We expect to be disappointed.