FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Devour! The Food Film Fest to host final event of Canada’s first Food Law and Policy conference

Halifax, N.S. (October 20, 2016) – Canada’s first food and law policy conference, The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada, is delighted to be partnering with the world’s largest food film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest, to host their final event of the conference on November 4.

Taking place at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the conference will conclude with a special screening of the 2016 feature documentary, The Chocolate Case, during Devour! The film, which debuted at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, follows a team of Dutch journalists as they investigate human rights abuses in chocolate production and attempt to create a slavery-free chocolate bar. The Chocolate Case sheds new light on major food law issues around ethical sourcing, supply chain management and consumer empowerment.

The film will be screened on November 4 at 3 pm in Wolfville at Al Whittle Theatre. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion by food law experts and the filmmaker. Tickets are provided with conference registration or through Devour!

The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada is a two-day conference that brings together national and international leaders from the emerging field of food law and policy to explore law’s changing role in Canada’s food systems. Over 40 lawyers, academics, policymakers, NGOs and industry professionals from eight provinces and four countries will speak on a range of topics including sustainable food systems, food security, animal rights and welfare, food fraud and global trade systems.

The Halifax conference also includes a free public talk with Bryant Terry.

Bryant Terry is a critically-acclaimed author, chef, and social justice advocate who uses cooking as a tool to address the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. In 2015, Bryant won the James Beard Leadership Award for his work in helping to create a more accessible, equitable, and ethical food system in the United States. He is currently the Chef in Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and was recently named one of “9 People Changing the Future of Food” by FastCompany. This free public talk will take place at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on November 3 at 7:30 pm

For more information or to register for the conference, visit For more information on Devour! The Food Film Fest, visit


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 sixth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 2-6, 2016. Devour! is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.


Media Contacts:

The Future of Food Law and Policy in Canada

Glenford Jameson
(647) 638-3994

Devour! The Food Film Fest

Robyn McIsaac
(902) 440-1551

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