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Taste of Space 2022 | Marstini Shake-Off

Oct 07, 2022 6:30 - 9:00 PM Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex

Update October 7: Bonus tonight with the Marstini Shake-Off! SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket tonight and guests at the event will enjoy a great view! 

Come taste the flavors of the season with this year's Taste of Space Marstini Shake-Off on October 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Start your Taste of Space journey by mingling with some of your favorite astronauts as you visit various culinary stations featuring a special fall menu. For the second year, local bars and restaurants will create their idea of a "Marstini" cocktail for our panel of astronaut judges. Astronauts Bruce Melnick, Charlie Walker, and Mike McCulley will taste and select their favorite creation, and the restaurant with the winning recipe will receive bragging rights and a trophy they can proudly display in their establishment. Plus this year, they will also be eligible for the People's Choice award. You can sample the evening's Marstinis and talk to their creators about the backstory behind the cocktail. Take note of your favorite because you will be invited to vote virtually on your mobile device for the People's Choice Award. Of course, you can also purchase full versions of any of the Marstinis created that evening.

Additionally, Gateway's new motion-theater ride, Spaceport KSC, will be open for this event and you can explore the "Red Planet."


Menu (Updated):


  • Robonaut Red Ale Beer Cheese Dip with Pretzel Bites 
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apricot Jam 
  • Arugula Salad with Toasted Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Citrus Vinaigrette 
  • Wisconsin Cheddar Soup with Smoked Applewood Bacon and Pretzel Croutons 
  • Cheesy Potato and Bratwurst Casserole   
  • Carved Roasted Turkey Breast with Root Vegetables and Spiced Apple Cider Glaze   
  • Black Forest Cupcakes
  • Citrus Gelatin Finished with Keylime Foam in Mini Beer Steins 
  • Apple Blossom with Caramel Sauce
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Snaps 
  • Coffee and Tea Station


Participating bars and restaurants:


  • Playalinda Brewing Company
  • Third Culture Kitchen
  • The Space Bar
  • Jack & Harry's


Tickets for this exclusive event are $159 per person*. Annual passholders receive a 10 percent discount by calling 1.855.433.4210.


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* This event is recommended for guests ages 21 and older. IDs will be checked on site for guests consuming alcohol. Guests should be prepared to stand for a prolonged period of time as there is no formal seating available for this event. Admission is not included or required.

Taste of Space Featuring the Marstini Shake-Off!

Taste of Space 2022 | Marstini Shake-Off

Astronaut Judges

Bruce Melnick

Charlie Walker

Mike McCulley