Food Science

Food Science Demos

Included in General Admission | Located in the entrance to Theory, Food Science Demos feature hands-on activities and experiments all about the science behind the food we eat. Visitors can test foods for protein, learn how much sugar is in certain drinks, test soil pH for planting vegetables, put together a map of Oregon agriculture and much, much more!

Better Bites: Cooking Local

​21+ OnlyID's Required | In a partnership with the National College of Natural Medicine, OMSI brings you Better Bites - a seasonal cooking series focused on cooking for healthy solutions.


This month we are talking Cooking Local! Come learn what produce grows best in our region and how to use it when cooking at home. Enjoy a small-plate, four-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Executive Sous Chef Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer and nutritional information from Dr. Julie Briley, ND of NCNM.

Blind-Tasting Bingo

Doors Open @ 5:30PM | 21+ Only | ID's Required
Test your mouth-mind connection. A program started by Ecotrust and Edible Portland, Blind-Tasting Bingo at OMSI is a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In the game, Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Ryan Morgan, will present 14 distinct bites that players taste with their eyes covered, seeking to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will take home fun prizes!
Please Note: No dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Yogurt, Mint, Snap Peas, Grape Nuts
Asparagus, Soft Boiled Egg, Smoked Oil, Lemon
Tortilla Chip, Chocolate, Chipotle
Potato Salad, Fried Capers
Fried Tofu, Cucumber Tseukemono, Fish Sauce
Kale, Preserved Lemon, Caesar, Bread Crumbs
Poached Pear, Pickled Jalapeno, Popcorn
Brioche Crostini, Pickled Raisin, Peanut Butter
Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese
Grilled Watermelon, Basil, Reduced Balsamic