Wolfville, N.S. (May 20, 2015)
The busy spring season continues for the duo behind Devour! The Food Film Fest. Coming off the success of their well-received pop-up event, Devour! Los Angeles, Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo are taking the show on the road for the second time in 2015 – this time to Seattle, Washington.
“Devour! is delighted to ‘take’ Seattle! A hotbed of food culture as well as a significant cultural destination on the west coast of the United States, Seattle is the perfect place to profile Nova Scotia,” says Howell, executive director of Devour! “We are delighted that our long-time partner, Taste of Nova Scotia, is collaborating with us to bring the best of our province to the rest of the world.”
Taking the pop-up event to new heights, Howell and Rinaldo will provide guests with a taste of the Devour!experience at Devour! Seattle on June 4.
The evening will kick off at 5 p.m. at Black Box Operations with a Taste of Nova Scotia lobster demonstration and sampling, paired with Benjamin Bridge sparkling wines. Following the workshop at 6:30 p.m., the duo will screen a new Canadian documentary, The Empire of Scents (directed by Academy Award nominee, Kim Nguyen), preceded by two short films: Daylily Fritters (directed by Abe Giroux – Nova Scotia filmmaker and two-time James Beard Award nominee) and Pour Retourner (directed by Scooter Corkle – Canadian filmmaker and winner of the Devour! Golden Tine Award for Best Short Drama in 2014).
Following The Empire of Scents, Chef John Sundstrom and Nova Scotia’s own Chef Jason Lynch (Devour!culinary coordinator and chef at Wolfville’s Le Caveau) will host a dinner inspired by the film at Lark starting at 8:30 p.m.– this will include three courses plus one in-theatre ameuse.
Tickets are available online. Tickets to the workshop cost $20.00, tickets to the film cost $12.00, and they can be purchased together as a combination package for $30.00. Tickets to dinner at Lark cost $100.00 (including tax and gratuity; wine pairings extra). All three events can also be purchased together as a combination package for $125.00.
Devour! Seattle is being made possible thanks to festival friend, Kathleen Flinn, who was part of the Devour!industry series in 2013. Recently, festival organizers were asked to put together a special program calledFeast Your Eyes! in support of The Culinary Trust at the 37th Annual Conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in Washington, D.C. Co-founded by Julia Child, The Culinary Trust is the philanthropic foundation of the IACP. This entire opportunity was facilitated through Flinn and her role at The Culinary Trust.
Each pop-up event is in preparation for the fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest, taking place fromNovember 4-8, 2015 in Wolfville. For more information on Devour! The Food Film Fest, visit devourfest.com. Stay tuned for more news on upcoming events in Halifax and Wolfville throughout the summer.
ABOUT DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FEST
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicentre of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 4-8, 2015.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Only one hour from Halifax, the Town of Wolfville and Kings County provide the perfect setting for Devour! amid the beauty of the Annapolis Valley and the mighty Bay of Fundy. 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.