If the popularity of Instagram food photos has taught us anything, it’s that we love documenting our food almost as much as we love eating it. Devour! The Food Film Fest takes this visual appreciation of meals to the next level, combining screenings of food-themed films with delectable gastronomic activities.
Taking place October 23-28, 2018 in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, this six-day festival is the largest food and film festival in the world. The event brings more than 10,000 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Kentville and Kings County, a region known for its thriving wine industry and fruitful farmland. You’ll find Devour! just a one-hour drive from Halifax.
Featuring more than 90 food-focused events, the festival attracts notable celebrities and prominent chefs each year, with past participants including Anthony Bourdain, Chuck Hughes, Michael Städtlander, Dominique Crenn and Bill Pullman. Attendees can expect an engaging line-up of events ranging from cooking demos and experiential dinners to film and photography workshops.
This year promises to be as exciting as ever, with screenings of 74 food-and-beverage films from 21 countries, centered on the theme: “the power of food and film to transform.” As a sub-theme, the festival will showcase Chicago’s culinary offerings, welcoming chefs and food experts who will delve into the city’s rich food scene. While Chicago will be a focus, the festival’s diverse programming will feature everything from local east coast fare and American BBQ to Mi’kmaq First Nations cuisine.
White House chef for the Obama family and healthy food advocate, Chicago-borne chef Sam Kass will help kick-off the festival at an opening gala reception, which will be followed by a screening of his personal favourite food film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In another festival highlight Grammy Award-winning musician and New York Time best-selling author, Questlove will join CBC’s Ali Hassan for an intimate conversation about food issues, culinary creativity and his legendary food salons, followed by a book signing.
Devour! challenges people to think differently about their food and create a deeper connection with what they eat. Don’t miss this transformative food and film experience.
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