The Devour Food and Film Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

This is how I ended up doing social media for a food and film event. It was delicious.

The joy of having friends in a variety of jobs and locations is that you find yourself helping out in out-of-the-ordinary situations. I’ve known Stephanie for nearly 10 years. We worked together at AOL and at Sympatico, and after she moved to Halifax we kept in touch via Facebook.

So when she asked for someone to do some social media work, I offered. It sounded like fun and who doesn’t love a food-related event? Also, I have a fondness for the East Coast since that was where I spent my first year in Canada.

So I went to the Drake hotel to cover the Devour Food and Film Festival and take a few shots of Jason Priestly and Bob Blumer.

From the press release:

From Japan to Argentina and beyond, Devour! The Food Film Fest serves up its best menu yet. Fill your plate with more than 50 films by some of the most acclaimed directors, chefs from around the world paired with Nova Scotia’s top chefs, 15 industry workshops, five dinners inspired by feature films, and over a dozen events to whet the appetite of the most enthusiastic cinevore.

This is the festival’s fifth year and it is now the biggest food-related film festival in the world. The team went through more than 250 films for this festival  and narrowed their choices down to 50. The festival also has sessions with chefs, food writers, food bloggers and photographers.

How big a festival is this? Anthony Bourdain will be at the opening gala, have a Q&A and do a book-signing. And he’s just one of the chefs at the festival. Others include Top Chef competitors Jesse Vergen, Connie DeSousa, and Todd Perrin as well as 16 local chefs.

The party at the Drake was a  (re)introduction to East Coast food, which is delicious. There was seafood, of course.  There were lobster nachos, Nova Scotia wine – Nova 7  from Benjamin Bridge– and apple strudel made from Nova Scotia apples. People beelined for the oysters (man, Torontonians love their oysters)

 

Jason Priestly, who spent three years in Wolfville when he was filming My Name is Fitz, is a Devour! advisory board member. He and Bob Blumer came to celebrate the launch of the 2014 festival and to give away some prizes.

My favourite, apart from the oysters, was the Nova 7 wine. It was crisp, like a brisk spring day, with a natural sweetness that would go down well on a hot summer day. Peter Gamble, lead wine consultant at Benjamin Bridge, credits the Nova Scotia weather and soil for Nova 7’s crisp taste and sparkle.

So overall, a great event and now I wish I could head out to the East Coast (it’s been years!). I leave you with a taste of what to expect.

Fill your plate with more than 50 films by some of the most acclaimed directors, chefs from around the world paired with Nova Scotia’s top chefs, 15 industry workshops, five dinners inspired by feature films, and over a dozen events to whet the appetite of the most enthusiastic cinevore.

The festival runs from November 12-14.

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