Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Shines the Spotlight on Oregon Agriculture

OMSI is proud to announce a season of food science beginning with OMSI After Dark: Seed to Cider on June 24 from 7-11 p.m. The event, open to those 21-and-over, will toast the history, traditions and technology behind making one of today’s most popular beverages, cider.


The celebration continues throughout the summer as OMSI presents special food science-based programming including themed Science Pubs, Reel Science events, special demonstrations, and hands-on activities for adults and kids of all ages. Participants will come away with a stronger understanding of where our food comes from, the impact of Oregon specialty crops in the world marketplace and an enhanced appreciation of the specialty crops—fruits, vegetables, culinary spices and horticulture—in which Oregon agriculture especially excels.  From Christmas trees to mint, hops to honey, guests can experience food science without having to step foot on a farm!


“We’re really excited to be working in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to bring guests a unique and exciting way to learn about the science behind what they eat,” said Andrew Haight, Director of Guest Engagement at OMSI. “We’ve got a lot of great programming and events lined up to help our guests better understand, grow, find, prepare and enjoy delicious Oregon specialty crops all year long.”


The season of food science will culminate with a day-long Harvest Festival at OMSI on September 27, 2015. This free event will bring together over 25 local farmers, growers and producers to engage with the public through a series of educational booths and featured demonstrations. The festival will feature a central stage with a working kitchen, at which local chefs and food preparation experts will demonstrate how to prepare local specialty crops.


To learn more, visit omsi.edu.


OMSI’s seasons of food science is supported in part by the USA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.