Devour! The Food Film Fest

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Devour! The Food Film Fest (formerly the Slow Motion Food Film Fest) is a Canadian film festival dedicated to films about food and wine culture.[1] The five-day festival takes place annually in late fall in the Wolfville, Kings County, Nova Scotia. The seventh edition took place from October 25–29, 2017


The festival was founded in 2009 by Slow Food Nova Scotia.[2] The first festival took place at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, screening 11 retrospective films with tickets sales of approximately 1,000.[3] In 2011, 30 new films from around the world were screened, with ticket sales of about 2,000. Film director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and Hollywood director-writer-actor Jason Priestley both participated in various capacities and now serve as Honorary Advisory Board Members. In early 2017, Canadian food writer Lucy Waverman and television food celebrity Bob Blumer also joined the Advisory Board.

In 2013, the event was re-branded to Devour! The Food Film Fest.[4] 4,000 attendees took in 70 new food films from around the world, an opening night reception and gala film with special guests, a food truck rally, experiential wine and cheese tours,[5] three five-course meals based on the films, a cocktail pop-up party, a cinematic dine-around brunch at the Wolfville Farmers Market, an awards showcase with a 15-part dessert constructed by culinary students and eight industry workshops.

In 2014, attendance increased to 6,120. The program involved of about thirty Chefs,[6] many visiting filmmakers and industry guests, 14 workshops, 13 tasting tours, more than a dozen dinners,[7] parties & events and over 50 new food and wine films from around the world.[8][9] A number of local Acadian dishes were included.[10] The event was opened by Anthony Bourdain, curating his favourite food film.[11][12] Festival organizers were later presented with the Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year Award at the Taste of Nova Scotia Awards ceremony. Taking home the prestigious honour of the Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year Award, and were included on the Chronicle Herald's 2014 Arts & Life Honour Roll.

The fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest took place in November, 2015. It was opened by actor Bill Pullman.[13] The sixth edition of Devour took place November 2–6, 2016. It was opened by Chef Dominique Crenn and featured a theme celebrating the Power of Women in Gastronomy[14] In 2017 the Festival moved to a date earlier in October (25-29th). The 7th addition of Devour was opened by iconic Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. Pinsent curated the opening night film The Hundred Foot Journey. The festival also hosted a special screening of Jacques Pepin: The Art of Craft by Director Peter Stein. Pepin was in attendance and provided insight into his long career. Notable Canadian Chef Michael Smith led a team of Canadian chef for the Saturday evening Spotlight Gala that followed the World premiere of Canadian film Grand Cru with the director David Eng and star winemaker Pascal Marchand in attendance.


  1. ^ Fine Lifestyles. "Devouring". Issuu. ISSUU - Fine Lifestyles Halifax Winter 2014 by Fine Lifestyles. 
  2. ^ "Devour: the Food Film Fest". Kings County News, July 27, 2013
  3. ^ "Devour! offers feast of good films, food". Chronicle Herald, By ANDREA NEMETZ, Arts Reporter. July 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nova Scotia food and film fest offers feast for eyes and bellies alike". 
  5. ^ "Devour! lineup gets tasty launch". The Chronicle Herald. 
  6. ^ "Devour! The Food Film Fest: Donairs in Anthony Bourdain's future". The Chronicle Herald. 
  7. ^ "Five ways to do Devour!". The Coast Halifax. 
  8. ^ "Devour! film fest offers food for thought and for the belly". The Chronicle Herald. 
  9. ^ "Chuck Hughes explores culture of oyster shucking contests in film". The Chronicle Herald. 
  10. ^ "Highlights from the Devour! Food Film Festival". Swallow Daily. 
  11. ^ Etan Vlessing. "CNN's Anthony Bourdain to Be Feted at Devour! The Food Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Ainslie Ross. "A taste of Bourdain". 
  13. ^ "Bill Pullman in Wolfville for Devour! The Food Film Fest". CBC Newsworld, Nov 05, 2015
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