Wolfville, N.S. (October 28, 2014) – From Barcelona to Paris, Los Angeles and beyond, industry celebrities will be flocking to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to be a part of the fourth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest. International chefs, filmmakers, producers, directors and other industry professionals will join culinary and television superstar, Anthony Bourdain, for a festival that combines cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary creations from November 12-16.
“We are delighted with the international calibre of our visiting delegates, industry heavyweights and international and Canadian chefs that want to attend Devour!,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour! “It proves that the festival is becoming recognized on the international stage by culinary, cinematic and media influencers.”
As an important aspect of Devour! film segment, three jury members have been selected to rate each festival film as part of the decision-making process for The Golden Tine Awards. The winners of the 2014 awards will be presented at The Golden Tine Awards Brunch on Sunday, November 16. Travelling from Berlin, Thomas Struck will lead the 2014 Devour! jury panel. Best known for Culinary Cinema – a prominent segment at the Berlin International Film Festival that pairs approximately 13 films with five evening meals that are inspired by them – Struck brings almost 50 years of experience to the panel. Celebrated Canadian culinary maven, Lucy Waverman, will bring her wide array of national experience – including multiple Globe and Mail food columns and food editor of Food & Drink Magazine – to the jury table. Nova Scotia native, Aube Giroux, best known for her work at CBC and her online series on PBS Food, will complete the well-rounded jury panel as the third and final judge.
The festival’s workshop segments provide attendees with the chance to get up close and personal with many industry professionals including Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine from The Perennial Plate, Michael Steed from Mind of a Chef and CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Rachel Low from madHIVE MEDIA, Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson from MattBites, and Ivy Knight of Swallow Daily. Designed to offer something for everyone, each 90-minute workshop will provide the opportunity to learn in a small, intimate fashion. For more information on the industry workshops, please click here.
Throughout the festival, many directors, producers and stars will be attending the festival screenings of their films. Director of Steak (R)evolution, Franck Ribiere will be travelling from Paris with his wife, Verane Fredinani, writer and producer of the film; Franc Aleu, director of El Somni, will be making the long journey from Barcelona; Ari A. Cohen, director of The Family Farm will be attending, along with Allen Myers, director of Col Di Rocca.
On two different occasions, there will be interactive pop-ups following the screening of festival films. The first, the screening of The Path of Stone Soup, is slated for Thursday, November 13 as part of the festival’s Food Ways Program. New Orleans filmmaker, Sarah Borealis will attend the festival, along with Don César Gachupin de Díos and his son, Victor Gachupin de Díos, to organize a stone soup cooking demonstration and tasting. The second pop-up is scheduled for Friday, November 14, following the festival screening of Shuckers. Director, Jon Deitcher, along with film producers and television favourites, Tim Rozon and Chuck Hughes, will be travelling from Montreal to organize an experiential oyster shucking demonstration. Film star, Robert Pendergast will also be travelling from Charlottetown to attend.
“We are so thrilled to be able to provide experiential opportunities to our film attendees,” says Lia Rinaldo, managing director of Devour! “These filmmakers are going above and beyond to provide the ultimate movie-going experience for the viewers.”
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 epicenter of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is a celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The fourth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 12-16, 2014.
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.