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Devour! 9.5 has something for everyone. Here’s a taste:

Devour! The Food Film Fest

Your favourite festival program has been served!

44 films, 12 workshops, 8 special events – need we say more? Our Devour! 9.5 program is jam-packed with virtual and in-person events, so you can enjoy your favourite food and film festival in the comfort of home or in-person (while following COVID-19 safety protocols).

Devour! 9.5 has something for everyone. Here’s a taste:

Opening Gala Film Ratatouille curated by Phil Rosenthal – Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. AT
Join us at the Valley Drive In Theatre for Ratatouille, the Disney classic that follows a rat named Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef. After the screening, longtime festival host Bob Blumer will stream live from Hollywood with an in-person conversation with Phil Rosenthal about his hot Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil and travel, food and life in the television business. We'll also screen and award the youth winner of the Nourish Nova Scotia Food & Film Challenge.
 

Beyond Terroir – Oct. 23rd at 3 p.m. AT
We’re once again partnering with Benjamin Bridge and the Glooscap First Nation to create an event unlike any other. Beyond Terroir allows guests to dive into Mi’kmaw culture with Mi’kmaw leaders, cultural representatives, and allies in this unique, in-person walking workshop.

Virtual Culinary Workshop w/ Chef Jacques Pépin – Oct. 24th at 11 a.m. AT
Join world-class chef Jacques Pépin who will be showing us how to create five dishes from his upcoming cookbook, Quick and Simple. Watch this incredible workshop online or join us in Devour! Studios for the livestream. In support of the Jacques Pépin Foundation.

Games People Play w/ A Piece of Cake – Oct. 22nd at 8 p.m. AT
In Games People Play, a group of old friends come together for a booze and food-fuelled surprise birthday party – but the birthday girl is not pleased with the surprise. In Piece of Cake, catch a desperate father’s search on the black market for his daughter’s favourite cake decoration, which he recently discovered is illegal. Grab your party hat and catch these films online or in-person.

Devour! Chowder Smackdown To-Go – Oct. 23rd at 5 p.m. AT
Our incredible chowder smackdown is to-go this year – so grab yours to sample outdoors or at home. Once your taste buds have chosen a winner, text us your vote and help crown our 2020 champion!

Flavour Bombs with Bob Blumer and Jason Priestley – Oct. 22nd at 11 a.m. AT
Two Devour! alums are uniting for this tasty event! Returning host, Bob Blumer will be showing us two recipes from his latest cookbook, Flavourbomb with the help of Devour! friend, advisory board member, and 90210 star Jason Priestley! Partake in the fun at home or watch the stream at our Devour! Studios to sample one of the recipes.

East Coast Pantry Party w/Chef Jennifer Crawford – Oct. 23rd at 1 p.m. AT
Jump into the kitchen with Masterchef Canada winner Jennifer Crawford who will help you elevate your cooking game with food that looks and tastes amazing! Join them in-person (samples included!) or online to learn how to create two dishes that will impress all.

Bread in the Bones w/ Alchemy – Oct. 23rd, 5 p.m. AT
Get your carb fix with this great pairing! The Canadian documentary Bread in the Bones, explores politics, poetry, and pleasure through bread. Plus, you’ll get to catch the short film, Alchemy, which follows Bonnie Ohara, a mother, artist, author, and founder of a micro-bakery which sells handcrafted sourdough bread in the old-world tradition.

You can indulge in these two films online or in-person at The Al Whittle Theatre.

Learn more about all of our delectable events here.

 

Devour! Hospitality Diversity Scholarship for NSCC students announced

At Devour! we continuously search for culinary talent in our own communities. Throughout our searches, we have noticed that Black and Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) are underrepresented in the culinary and hospitality industry. In response to this, we have created the ‘Devour! Hospitality Diversity Scholarship.’

This $1,000 annual bursary will be awarded to students enrolled in Nova Scotia Community College’s Culinary Management, Culinary Skills, and Tourism and Hospitality programs beginning this month.

Our hope is to provide financial support to underrepresented students pursuing post-secondary education at NSCC so that the culinary and hospitality workforce can better represent Nova Scotia’s diversity. Read our news release here.

 

Nourish your child’s creativity

Lights, camera, action! We’ve partnered with Nourish NS and CBC again for the Nourish NS Food and Film Challenge, and the deadline is quickly approaching. Your little filmmaker can get behind the lens to create a film about climate change and food. Plus, they could win an incredible prize that supports healthy eating and their passion for film. The deadline for submissions is October 12th, 2020. We can’t wait to watch the delicious films your young visionary creates.

Click here for more information or to find inspiration.

 

Devour! gives back

For years, Devour! has created and hosted events to entertain, educate, and support our communities. This year, we’re supporting causes near and dear to our hearts: The North Grove, Nourish NS, the Fundy Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank, and the Wolfville Area Food Bank.

We’re once again hosting the Scotiabank Big Picture program in partnership with Nourish NS, but with a twist: classrooms can now stream these educational films and receive accompanying learning modules developed by Nourish NS.

The Great Devour! Community Supper will also be taking place safely this year to celebrate our amazing community volunteers and to raise money for regional food banks. We love supporting our communities and bringing people together through food and film.  

 

Food From Film Friday – Tortilla Soup from Tortilla Soup

Temperatures are dropping and we’re in need of one our fave fall comfort foods – soup! Join chef Michael Howell in this installment of Food From Film Fridays where he serves up Tortilla Soup from the film Tortilla Soup.

Ingredients
6 fresh corn tortillas, julienned
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
1 tsp each cumin coriander, paprika and chili powder
1 can 19oz Chopped Plum tomatoes
Sea salt, freshly ground pepper
8 cups chicken broth
1 dried chipotle chili, stemmed, seeded, optional
1 cup Corn kernels
1 cup black beans
1 cup hominy, cooked (canned okay)
2 cups cooked chicken chopped roughly
1 small bunch (1/2 cup) cilantro leaves
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, roughly chopped
1/2 cup crema
1/2 cup queso Fresco or Cheddar cheese, grated
2 limes, cut in wedges

Instructions

1. Julienne the tortillas. Heat a fryer to 340F and fry the tortillas until crispy but not too brown. Place on paper towels and sprinkle with a little salt

2. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over low heat. Add the onion, and salt and pepper to taste; cook, stirring frequently, until golden. Add garlic and sauté 2-4 more minutes.

3. Stir in the tomatoes; cook 10 minutes longer stirring frequently.

4. Add chicken broth and chipotle chili. Heat to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, 20 minutes.

5. Add corn, chicken, black beans and hominy. Cook ten minutes.

6. Stir in ½ the tortilla chips; cook 10 minutes longer, until the chips soften. Remove and discard chili.

7. Serve hot, topped with additional tortilla chip strips, cilantro, avocado, cheese and crema. Serve with lime wedges

Check out our YouTube video to watch chef Michael whip up this dish!

 
Devour! The Food Film Fest
https://devourfest.com

Michael Howell (Executive Director)
902.679.0297
michael@devourfest.com

Lia Rinaldo (Managing Director)
902.489.4796
lia@devourfest.com
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture that takes place in the culinary epicenter of the province–Wolfville, King's County, Nova Scotia. Devour! 9.5 will run from October 21-25, 2020.
 

 

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