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Taste of Space festival offers a culinary journey through Kennedy Space Center

by Susan and Simon Veness

Taste of Space festival at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the culinary journey you’ve always wanted to take, offering “seasonal eats with a side of space.”

Taste of Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

From Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, Kennedy Space Center launches its Taste of Space: Fall Bites! seasonal menus at Orbit Café, Moon Rocket Café, and Milky Way ice cream shop.

Orbit Café’s offerings include:

  • Beef brisket slider smothered in chipotle BBQ sauce and fried onions
  • Hot turkey, cranberry, and brie melt.
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
Taste of Space selections

Moon Rocket Café’s selections are:

  • Bratwurst topped with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard
  • Chicken salad nestled on mesclun greens, with gorgonzola, mandarin oranges, toasted pecans, and a generous drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette
  • Carmel Apple Cheesecake
Pumpkin Caramel Eclair

And when those sweet-tooth cravings hit, Milky Way ice cream shop features a decadent pumpkin caramel éclair that is so large it can feed the whole family.

Visitors ages 21 and up can stop by Planet Play for a selection of seasonal local brews.

To commemorate the festival, guests who purchase any two Taste of Space meals will receive a complimentary Taste of Space collectors’ pin at the Space Shop. Be sure to save your meal receipt as proof of purchase! Pins are available while supplies last.

Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey is the festival’s grand finale on Nov. 5, with a progressive-style dinner through the complex, ending in a “Marstini” shake-off competition between local restaurants.

The “gastronomical walking adventure” begins at 6:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner under the stars. Start with appetizers in Rocket Garden, where former astronauts Bruce Melnick, Winston Scott, and Mark Lee will meet guests in a socially-distanced mix-and-mingle.

Move on to Rocket Garden Café for fresh salad and award-winning clam chowder.

Next up is a surf-and-turf main course at Dine with an Astronaut. Beer and wine samples, and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available at each location.

Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey items

Then it’s time for the meal’s grand finale, as local bars Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill and the 4th Street Filling Station compete in a “Marstini” shake-off under the magnificent space shuttle Atlantis, with the possibility of other area bars entering the competition, too.

Tickets for Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey are $159 per person, and include a four-course meal, beer and wine samples, live entertainment, and a commemorative pin.

“Our guests are consistently surprised and delighted by the quality of our culinary offerings here at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,” said Chief Operating Officer Therrin Protze. “Our chefs cannot wait to showcase their expertise and share these tantalizing tidbits. We are encouraging folks with a hunger for knowledge about the past, present, and future of space exploration to also come hungry for food, because Taste of Space will not disappoint!”

Chef with culinary offerings under rocket

The Visitor Complex complies with all CDC recommendations, and has continued its policy of limited attendance to accommodate social distancing. Advance ticket purchase to visit the complex is encouraged, and all guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, including buses, except while actively eating or drinking. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings while outdoors.

For more information and to purchase Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey tickets, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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