Industry celebrities to share their expertise at Devour! The Food Film Fest workshops

Wolfville, N.S. (October 14, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Devour!organizers have expanded the educational component of the festival program. With over 20 different sessions scheduled, Devour! The Workshops provides attendees with the chance to get up close and personal with many industry professionals including:

  • New York Times bestselling authors, Thug Kitchen;
  • Tucker Shaw of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen;
  • Halifax’s own Stephanie McGrath of National Public Relations and Lily Sangster of T4G Kick;
  • an all-female national powerhouse writing panel featuring Lesley Chesterman of the Montreal Gazette, Ivy Knight of Swallow Daily and VICE Magazine and Canadian culinary icon Anita Stewart;
  • Scott DeSimon of bon appétit;
  • Dennis Prescott of;
  • Bob Blumer of Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet;
  • and more.

Devour! The Food Film Fest is quickly becoming a stage for our guests to experience international talent from the food, film and writing worlds in an intimate environment,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour!

Festival foodies will have the chance to learn from award-winning chefs from across North America at the culinary workshops. Tørst’s Daniel Burns, Pastaga’s Martin Juneau, Raymond’s Jeremy Charles, Mallard Cottage’s Todd Perrin, PAI Northern Thai Kitchen’s Nuit Regular, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Ned Bell, Buca’s Rob Gentile and Crossroads Diner’s Tom Fleming are all scheduled to lead their own culinary masterclasses. Each chef will provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to help create one (or more) of their signature dishes. These rare opportunities are sure to be a festival highlight.

Devour! The Workshops also provides the opportunity for attendees to learn something new about niche markets in the food and wine worlds. On Thursday, join restaurant wine directors Jeremy Bonia (Raymonds) and Kim Cyr (Le Caveau) as they guide guests through a sampling of Nova Scotia’s “method traditional” sparkling wines. Later that day, Bishop’s Cellar will take attendees on a tour of the world’s most exclusive champagne houses in preparation for the screening of the film, A Year in Champagne. Friday will showcase mixologists Jeff Van Horne (Lot Six Bar & Restaurant) and Matt Jones (Whisky Ambassador, Beam Suntory) as they guide a boozy tour through the wild world of cocktails at their It’s Five O’clock Somewhere workshop. Finally on Saturday, the team at Bishops Cellar will be back to work alongside Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Chairman Phil Bélanger to discuss which wines really do pair best with which cheeses at the Which Wine with Your Cheese? workshop. Each workshop includes delicious product samples.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide experiential opportunities for each of our festival attendees,” says Lia Rinaldo, managing director of Devour! “Each 90-minute workshop is designed to offer a little something for everyone.”

For a full schedule of Devour! The Workshops, please click here. Tickets to the fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest are available now through the Devour! website and Ticketpro. For more information about each mouth-watering event, 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 fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated forNovember 4-8, 2015.


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.


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