Devour! The Food Film Fest is a transformative food and film experience combining cinematic excellence with extraordinary gastronomic activities. The annual week-long 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 (pre-Covid), Devour! welcomed a record 14,463 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The next festival will take place Oct 24-30, 2022, with prorgramming announcements coming in the fall of 2022.

The 2021 festival celebrated 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 engaging documentaries, dramas, and short films. This year, we’re honoured to develop that deeper understanding through the exploration of Global Indigenous Cinema and Cuisine right here in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. It’s our hope that fest-goers experience a deeper awareness and appreciation of the richness of Indigenous culture and its role in food and film production. 

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.

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Who We Are

Michael Howell

Michael is the founder and Executive Director of Devour! and the consulting Chef at The Green Turtle Club in Abaco, Bahamas. For more than 25 years Michael has been a leading chef across the United States, Canada and The Bahamas. From 2003-2013, Michael owned and operated Tempest, an award-winning restaurant in Wolfville, NS. Michael has twice cooked at New York’s prestigious James Beard House. His cookbook, Atlantic Seafood, was runner up at the 2010 Taste Canada awards that was recently re-released in an updated second edition.

Michael is the former Co-Chair of Slow Food Canada and was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2011 for his contributions to improving the food system for all. He was Nova Scotia Local Food Hero in 2010 and named Taste of Nova Scotia’s Culinary Ambassador in 2015. Devour! was awarded the 2017 Canadian Treasures award for Innovation in Hospitality by The George Brown Centre for Culinary Arts and in 2018 was awarded the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia Culinary Ambassador Award.

Lia Rinaldo

With a 30-year career in the film industry and a passion for food culture, Lia Rinaldo knew she’d found a perfect combination in Devour! The Food Film Fest. Starting in the movie business as a bright-eyed teenager, she honed her skills at Wormwoods Dog & Monkey Cinema, and later brought her considerable knowhow to the Atlantic Film Festival for more than 20 years. Her interest in the culinary industry and enviable communication skills led her to a second career as a freelance food and travel writer. A member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, Lia also provides culinary marketing, social media, PR and fundraising consulting services throughout Nova Scotia.

Lia has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to the promotion of culture and the culinary arts. She has been honoured with the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia Crystal Tourism Award of Excellence Ambassador Award, the Taste of Nova Scotia Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador Award, Canadian Treasures Award for Innovation in Hospitality by The George Brown Centre for Culinary Arts, the Progress Women of Excellence Award in Arts & Culture and has twice been named to the Chronicle Herald Arts & Life Honour Roll. Lia currently serves on the national jury for Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Roma Dingwell

On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend a heartfelt welcome to the 11 edition of Devour! Food Film Fest.

As we proudly promote the best Nova Scotia has to offer, Devour! welcomes local and international chefs and filmmakers as they continue to showcase their talents and provide teaching and learning opportunities to students in the filmmaking, culinary and tourism sectors. Devour! is designed for you our guests to feast on local hospitality, great food and thought provoking films.

Thank you to our Government Partners, Sponsors, and Donors. Through and with your support, we have become the leading Food Film Festival in the World! Special thanks to our Patrons Anne Campbell and John Lindsay for their unwavering support.

We look forward to hosting you at Devour!

Kind Regards
Roma Dingwell – Chair, Board of Directors