-The world’s top female chef Dominique Crenn to cook in Sonoma-
-Actor Bill Pullman to host an exclusive Devour! event at his Los Angeles Home-
-CBC’s Ali Hassan to attend Devour! Fox Harb’r for a comedy-themed weekend-
-Devour! Fogo Island named in ‘Best Places to Visit in Canada for 2018’ by Vacay.ca-
Wolfville, Nova Scotia (January 25, 2018): Devour! The Food Film Fest continues to take its celebration of food, film and wine culture on the road adding two new satellite events to its programming line-up for 2018, including Jasper, Alberta and Sonoma, California.
More foodies and film buffs across Canada and around the world will have the chance to experience the world’s largest food film festival with 13 satellite events confirmed this year, in addition to their renowned signature five-day festival that takes place annually in the fall in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In total, Devour! expands in 2018 to include 14 year-round events.
From Fogo Island to Sonoma Valley, Berlin to the Bahamas, each mouth-watering event features a curated food-and-film pairing. Highlights of this year’s satellite events include:
- Devour! alumni cooking in many locations including: Dominique Crenn, recognized as the world’s top female chef in 2016 by San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Devour! headliner that same year; Calgary Chefs Paul Rogalski from Rouge Restaurant and John Jackson and Connie DeSousa from Charcut Roast House; Dennis Prescott, one of the world’s most respected food photographers; Ali Hassan, CBC Host, comedian and chef, and many more. (See event details below for location details).
- Actor Bill Pullman, who opened the marquee Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2015, will host an exclusive Devour! event at his Los Angeles home.
- New to Devour! – Chef Evan Funke of Felix Trattoria, voted one of the top restaurants in Los Angeles in 2017 by Los Angeles Magazine, will cook at the Sonoma event, and Chef Melissa Kelly of the award-winning Primo restaurant in Rockland, Maine will join the Algonquin event.
- Supported by Nova Scotia Business Inc. for the first time, six local companies will present their products to buyers, restauranteurs, chefs and media as part of a trade mission during the third annual A Taste of Devour! event at the Embassy of Canada during the Berlin International Film Festival.
“We are delighted by the exponential growth Devour! is having around the world. Through partnerships with some of the most amazing destination resorts and well-loved film festivals – and with Devour! alumni enthusiastically joining us in some of these locations – we’re able to grow with purpose and relevance into exciting corners of the globe,” Michael Howell, Executive Director, Devour! The Food Film Fest.
Devour’s 2018 Satellite Events:
Devour! The Sea (2nd consecutive year)
A Fundraiser for the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (part of the Community Food Centres Canada)
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: February 9, 2018
Devour! Berlin (3rd consecutive year)
Location: Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Germany, Invitation Only
Date: February 19, 2018
NEW Devour! The Canadian Rockies Food Film Festival
Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta
Date: March 2-4, 2018
Note: Devour! alumni, Calgary Chefs Paul Rogalski from Rouge Restaurant and John Jackson and Connie DeSousa from Charcut Roast House will cook at this event.
NEW Devour! at the Sonoma International Film Festival
Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner
Location: Sonoma Veterans Hall
Date: March 22, 2018
Note: Devour! alumni, Dominique Crenn (recognized as the world’s top female chef in 2016 by San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Devour! headliner the same year) to cook at this event.
Devour! Los Angeles (returning for a 3rd time)
Location: Bill Pullman’s residence, Invitation Only
Date: March 28, 2018
Devour! at the Algonquin (2nd consecutive year)
Location: The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews By-The-Sea, St. Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick
Date: April 20-22, 2018
Note: Devour! alumni, Dennis Prescott, one of the world’s most respected food photographers, will cook at this event.
Devour! Fox Harb’r (3rd consecutive year)
Location: Fox Harb’r Golf Resort, Wallace, Nova Scotia
Date: May 18-20, 2018
Note: CBC Host, Comedian and Chef Ali Hassan will join this comedy-themed weekend
Devour! Osoyoos (3rd consecutive year)
Location: Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Date: June 14-17, 2018
Devour! The Vines (3rd consecutive year)
Location: Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia
Four exclusive summer dates: July 6, 13, August 10 and 24, 2018
Devour! at the Long Beach International Film Festival (2nd consecutive year)
Location: Long Beach, New York
Date: August 1, 2018
A Taste of Devour! in Toronto
Location: George Brown Chef’s House
Date: August 29, 2018
SIGNATURE EVENT Devour! The Food Film Fest (8th annual)
Location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Date: October 24-28, 2018
Devour! A Film & Food Weekend at Fogo Island Inn (2nd consecutive year)
Location: Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
Date: November 2-4, 2018
Note: Named by vacay.ca as one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in Canada for 2018
Devour! The Beach (returning for a 2nd time)
Location: Green Turtle Club, Abaco, Bahamas
Date: November 30-December 2, 2018
Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.
About Devour! The Food Film Fest
Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. The annual five-day festival hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world and, just this past season, attracted almost 11,000 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The festival has become a destination and has attracted celebrities and notable chefs including Jason Priestley, Anthony Bourdain, Jacques Pépin, Dominique Crenn, Chuck Hughes, Michael Städtlander, Normand Laprise, Michael Smith, John Higgins, Gordon Pinsent and Bill Pullman to name a few. Each year, a major film icon kicks off the festivities during the Opening Gala evening and top chefs from across Canada collaborate on a very special Gala Dinner held on the final Saturday.
The eighth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest runs October 24-28, 2018. Programming for the signature festival will be announced throughout the coming months. For more information, visit www.devourfest.com.
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