With the general theme of The Way forward for Meals, the twelfth version of Devour! it returns as a full-fledged in-person occasion with 53 occasions over seven days to please all of the senses in screenings, kitchens and outside.
“We’re very excited concerning the Devour lineup! this yr,” Devour! Government Director Chef Michael Howell mentioned within the competition announcement.
“This yr marks the return of fan favorites, from elevated chef dinners to expanded, large-scale out of doors occasions, whereas additionally a number of the least talked about challenges within the meals business. ”.
The consequences of the final two years of a world pandemic on the restaurant business are highlighted within the competition’s characteristic movie Sorry We’re Closed, directed by Pete Ferrerio. The documentary follows chef Elizabeth Falkner as she talks with different cooks and restaurateurs about how they’ve weathered the ebbs and flows of COVID-19. Each the director and the star will likely be current on the opening gala and post-screening interview with Meals Community’s Bob Blumer.
The theme of the way forward for meals can be mirrored in documentaries similar to Batata, concerning the plight of Syrian migrant employees; The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, which outlines Himalayan eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shifa’s stance towards industrial agriculture giants like Monsanto; and Andrea Arnold’s ode to bovines, Cow.
Devour! The occasions will even discover thematic sides similar to plant-based delicacies and sustainable fishing and agriculture.
“We’re not shy about tackling some high-impact matters to lift consciousness of essential meals points,” mentioned Devour! basic supervisor Lia Rinaldo.
“This yr’s lineup is an excellent stability of films about the way forward for meals and entertaining films centered round meals that Devours! attendees know and love.”
Devour! will even characteristic the Canadian premiere of Academy Award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker Ben Proudfoot’s new documentary, The World’s Finest Chef, about Sally Schmitt of The French Laundry; Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter, describing one of many unique celeb cooks; The artwork of consuming, concerning the author MFK Fisher; and Down With the King, Diego Ongaro’s drama a few hip-hop star (Freddie Gibbs) who falls in love with life on the farm when he retires to the countryside to make his subsequent album.
The closing evening gala is Louis-Julien Petit’s The Kitchen Brigade, a few profession sous-chef whose life modifications when she takes a job at a hostel cafeteria for immigrant youth.
Devour! programming additionally contains occasions similar to Nourish Nova Scotia & CBC Youth Meals & Movie Problem, celeb chef dinners, Bourbon Lunch, Road Meals Rally, Down Dwelling Lobster Supper, Chowder Smackdown, and neighborhood assist within the type of The Mayors’ Bike Journey for Devour! and The Nice Devour! Neighborhood Dinner in assist of regional meals banks.
Full program and ticket info is offered on-line at www.devourfest.com.