Devour! The Food Film Fest is a transformative food and film experience combining cinematic excellence with extraordinary gastronomic activities. The annual five- to six-day festival — the largest food film festival in the world — typically hosts 100+ events, celebrated filmmakers, and high-profile chefs from around the globe. In 2019, Devour! welcomed a record 14,463 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Due to the unprecedented times we continue to face, the festival is thrilled to confirm this year’s hybrid format will build on the success of last year’s festival (Devour! 9.5), taking place both virtually and in-person from October 19-24, 2021, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with the theme of Global Indigenous Cinema & Cuisine.
“Devour! The Food Film Fest is an important vehicle for advancing awareness of Indigenous culture by celebrating First Nation communities, filmmaking, and food,” says Chief Sidney Peters of the Glooscap First Nation. “Glooscap First Nation has successfully collaborated with the festival in years past to celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and bring this experience to visitors from around the world. I’m looking forward to our continued partnership as we celebrate Global Indigenous Cinema and Cuisine at Devour! 2021 and for years to come.”
The festival has become a destination for celebrities and notable chefs including Anthony Bourdain, Phil Rosenthal, Jacques Pépin, Dominique Crenn, Chuck Hughes, Sam Cass, Michael Städtlander, Normand Laprise, Michael Smith, John Higgins, Gordon Pinsent, Jason Priestley, Lidia Bastianich, and Bill Pullman. Each year, a major icon kicks off the festivities and top chefs from across Canada and around the world collaborate on special dinners inspired by films. Stay tuned for this year’s headliner announcement!
Devour! offers something for everyone with a roster of films at the Al Whittle Theatre and the Valley Drive-In Theatre, food, film & beverage workshops, the Great Devour! Community Supper in support of regional food banks, the Devour! The World Street Food Rally in support of Glooscap First Nation, and so much more.
Devour! challenges people to think differently and create a deeper connection to food through some of the most engaging documentaries, dramas, and short films. The festival’s finely curated program highlights current food trends and issues, farming, sustainability, and the impact of current food systems on our lives. Festival-goers delve deep into the world of food through original one-of-a-kind experiences—from interactive industry sessions with high-profile guests, to cooking demos, film and television workshops, and more.
Just one hour from Halifax and Stanfield International Airport, Devour! takes place in Wolfville, in Nova Scotia’s Kings County. Known as the agricultural heartland of the province, the area is home to a thriving wine industry and a warm, hospitable community with a longstanding farm-to-table ethos. A rich cultural landscape infuses the region and its people with a respect for the surrounding riches. No place could be more fitting to explore our relationship with food.
Devour! The Food Film Fest is managed by festival organizers Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo. Devour! is overseen by an executive board and advisory council made up of key partners from the film, business, and culinary sectors. Public sector partners such as Telefilm Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage, have joined the festival’s founding partner, Slow Food Nova Scotia, in support of the event. Over the past five years, the number of festival partners has tripled, including CBC as television and radio partner.
Devour! has grown steadily since its inception. Box office numbers continue to climb on a yearly basis (from just over 3,000 attendees in 2013 to 14,463 in 2019). Devour! has also garnered worldwide media attention with articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, USA Today, Saveur Magazine, The Daily Meal, and Reader’s Digest. Devour! has been recognized as a national culinary, hospitality, and tourism trailblazer and named a 2017 Canadian Treasure by the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) at George Brown College. Previous awards include the prestigious Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year Award (2014) at the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards.