HALIFAX — Devour! The Food Film Fest launched its program preview today at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College in Toronto. Executive director Michael Howell and managing director Lia Rinaldo served up a preview of the 2016 festival, being held Nov. 2 to 6 in Wolfville, N.S.
The sixth edition of the festival offers 94 unique events over five days — including 20 tasting tours, three celebrity chef dinners, 80 films in 30 screenings, 24 industry workshops and more than 20 parties and events.
This year’s theme is Women in Gastronomy and includes the world premiere of Vérane Frédiani’s highly-anticipated feature film, The Goddesses of Food. Six legendary female chefs will also work together to create a decadent dinner inspired by the film. Three visiting chefs, Boston’s Barbara Lynch (No 9 Park), Los Angeles’ Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) and Toronto’s Christine Flynn (Chef Jacques La Merde), will join three local chefs — The Canteen’s Renée Lavallee, The Prince George’s Bee Choo Char and The Old Apothecary’s Laura MacLeod — to create the ultimate feast for the senses. Long-time festival partner, Bishop’s Cellar, will pair each course with a selection from all-female winemakers.
Other visiting celebrity chefs include Normand Laprise of the James Beard Award-winning Toqué in Montreal, Stephen Wall of Ottawa’s Supply + Demand, John Sundstrum of Seattle’s Lark and Food Network’s John Higgins and Ned Bell.