Devouring the scenery
That's what the leaves that have fallen to the ground have been telling you as you swish through them. That shushing sound they make as your boots pass through them is a weather-induced note, reminding you that summer is over, and it's time to hunker down. Sure, Thanksgiving happens and you're eating turkey, but it's not until you start seeing the white stuff that you know the year is almost over.
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an annual event that takes place in Wolfville, Nova Scotia every mid-November. This year the festival opened with a special screening of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, hosted by none other than Anthony Bourdain. As well as Bourdain, the film played host to such food and film luminaries as Michael Steed, the producer of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Mind Of A Chef, as well as Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine from The Perennial Plate .
I've been lucky enough to be a programmer for the festival for the past two years, and this year I was invited to be a moderator for two industry panels. The first panel was on food writing and featured Lucy Waverman, Ivy Knight, and Melissa Buote. The second was a discussion with chef Craig Flinn on cookbook writing, and how they can evoke a sense of place.
Until next year....