Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UP FRONT -


PRINCESS WHARF 1, TO­DAY, 9AM-3PM Build your own wind tur­bine or don a lab coat and peer through a mi­cro­scope at this free sci­ence fes­ti­val for fam­i­lies, a pre­cur­sor to Na­tional Sci­ence Week, which in­cludes en­gag­ing hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, work­shops and tours. Visit the Light­wave stage to see Dr Gra­ham Walker of Sci­ence Showoffs at 10am and find out whether you can fire marsh­mal­lows out of a vac­uum cleaner, make rock­ets from house­hold items or launch soft toys us­ing liq­uid ni­tro­gen. There’s also Jeremy Just’s ‘Sci­ence of the In­vis­i­ble’ talks at 9.20am and 3pm, and work­shops in­clud­ing legob­uild­ing and UTAS’s pop­u­lar elec­tronic toy bricks. Older kids can try their hand at as­sem­bling a work­ing cir­cuit by learn­ing to read a schematic di­a­gram (kits can be re­turned at no charge or bought for $5 to take home) and, for the kines­thet­i­cally minded, the Royal Aus­tralian Chem­i­cal In­sti­tute is hold­ing free mys­tery sci­ence tours around the wa­ter­front. Book­ings for the tours are a must, and can be made via the fes­ti­val’s web­site. En­try to the fes­ti­val is free. For the full pro­gram, visit fes­ti­val­of­bright­ideas.com.au


Dis­til­leries are open­ing their doors over the next eight days to host be­hind-the-scenes tours, din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and tast­ings of un­re­leased whiskies. Events are priced from $30 for a guided tast­ing evening at Rude Boy Bar in Ho­bart on Mon­day from 6-9pm to a full-day pri­vate tour of Shene Es­tate and Dis­tillery at Pontville, in­clud­ing a lunch at Frog­more Win­ery with he­li­copter trans­fers to the es­tate on ei­ther Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day for $800 a per­son. There’s a $199 course in whisky-mak­ing at Launce­s­ton Dis­tillery on Satur­day from 8.30am-3pm, and also plenty of free events, in­clud­ing tast­ings at IXL Long Bar on Thurs­day from 6-8pm and a lost af­ter­noon at Lark Dis­tillery next Sun­day to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val’s end. See taswhisky­week.com

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