Michael Howell, Executive Director
Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director
Jason Lynch, Culinary Coordinator
Beatrice Stutz, Beverage & Front of House Coordinator
Lia Hennigar, Corporate & VIP Relations
Jill Delaney, Volunteer Inquiries
The full program will be available in September 2018. Packages and passes will be on sale for the 2018 season in December.
Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary and wine creations, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest festival focused on food and film. Taking place in the culinary epicenter of the province, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the eighth edition of Devour! is slated for October 24-28, 2018.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Annapolis Valley, the town of Wolfville and Kings County is a magnificent festival setting, with a number of historic theatres, unique local venues and scenic beauty. Only one hour from the city of Halifax in the heartland of Nova Scotia’s burgeoning wine industry and the centre of culinary and agricultural innovation, Wolfville is also home to Acadia University, one of Canada’s most renowned academic institutions, and a partner of Devour! The Food Film Fest. It is important to the festival organizers that each event ties in the local atmosphere.
Aiming to educate and entertain through the lens of food on film, Devour! The Food Film Fest is an annual event that showcases some of the most engaging documentaries, dramas and short films that celebrate food on film. With a great mix of Canadian content as well as international hits, Devour! brings awareness to the audiences on the impact of food, food culture and the current food systems in our lives. Through various interactive industry sessions, festival-goers are able to gain hands-on experience – from inspiring panels with high profile participants to cooking demos. Devour! The Bounty of Kings County Tasting Tours include four food and wine-focused excursions that allow participants to experience the Annapolis Valley in all its beauty. Other popular events include experiential dinners, street food parties, celebrity visits, host receptions and more.
Devour! The Food Film Fest is managed by festival co-organizers, Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo, and is overseen by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council made up of key partners from the film, business and culinary sectors. Over the years, many public sector partners such as Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Communities, Culture & Heritage, Taste of Nova Scotia and Select Nova Scotia have joined the festival’s founding partner, Slow Food Nova Scotia, in support of the event. Over the past three years, the list of festival partners have almost tripled to include industry and media partners.
Since its inception, Devour! has garnered a steady increase in overall awareness of the festival, as well as an increase in attendees – with box office numbers continuing to grow on a yearly basis (from just over 3,000 attendees in 2013, to 6,120 in 2014, 9,200 in 2015 to over 10,000 in 2016). Devour! has also garnered worldwide media attention with multiple articles in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen International, as well as USA Today, Yahoo News, Saveur Magazine, The Daily Meal and Reader’s Digest. It is projected that the 2018 festival will increase the number of attendees to 12,000 people, with continued accolades going to the co-organizers including the prestigious Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year Award (2014) at the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards.