Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner at the 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

SONOMA, CA (January 24, 2018) – The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is delighted to announce a new partnership with Canada’s Devour! The Food Film Fest in bringing one of the most unique dining experiences in the world to SIFF. The Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner brings highly-regarded culinary luminaries like Dominique Crenn (first woman to earn 2 Michelin Stars and named Best Female Chef in 2016, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco), Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria, Los Angeles), Michael Howell (Founder of Devour!, Wolfville, Nova Scotia) and Sonoma Chefs John McReynolds (Edge) and John Toulze (The Girl and The Fig) together for an extraordinary five-course dinner inspired by short food films from around the world curated by Lia Rinaldo (Devour! Managing Director).

Each course will be paired with the best Sonoma has to offer like Gloria Ferrer and WindVane, as well as Benjamin Bridge from Michael Howell’s backyard in Wolfville. The films are presented simultaneously during the dinner on Thursday, March 22 at 6pm the Sonoma Veterans Hall. This unique offering has sold out in many locations around the world, and with this combination of award-winning chefs, great local foods and wines, it’s sure to please the inner foodie in all. Tickets are $120 for Soiree pass holders, $150 for all other pass holders and $200 for general public. Tickets go on sale for this event on Thursday, February 1 at

“SIFF is thrilled to work with Devour! The Food Film Fest of Wolfville, Nova Scotia to present the first “Chefs & Shorts Culinary Experience” to our festival attendees!” enthused SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely.

About Devour!
Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. This annual five-day festival hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs & celebrated filmmakers from around the world and, just this past season, attracted almost 11,000 food and film lovers to Nova Scotia, Canada. The eighth edition of Devour! is slated for October 24-28, 2018.

Pass Information
The 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25. The best way to experience the Festival and have access to all films is by getting a SIFF pass. SIFF can be enjoyed at different levels. Currently Cinema Passes are $225 for and $725 for Soiree. All Cinema pass holders will have day access to the Backlot Tent in SIFF Village. Soiree pass holders will have day VIP area and evening party access. For information about tickets, festival passes, prices, and benefits visit

About the Sonoma International Film Festival
The Sonoma International Film Festival, an entirely walkable festival, is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Most films screened at the Festival have attending filmmakers and actors making for informative Q&A’s. This unique five-day event features screening venues in and around Sonoma Plaza and offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, John Lasseter, Danny Glover, Demián Bichir, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Keaton and Meg Ryan have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.

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