A legendary culinary expert is profiled in the documentary Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy as part of the Victoria Film Festival’s Feast: Food and Film, on June 13.

Film, food and drink make for a delicious combo

Victoria Film Festival’s Feast: Food and Film lets you indulge all the senses. June 13-15

By Kyle Wells

Monday Magazine contributor

We all know Victorians enjoy their booze, a fact being catered to at this year’s Feast: Food & Film festival, on offer from the Victoria Film Festival from June 13-15.

The growing event pairs drink and food-focused documentary films with pre-movie tastings and experiences for a full-course experience.

“It’s all my favourite things: movies, food and drink; what else is there in life?” said festival director Kathy Kay. “It’s just makes for a little different experience going to the movies.”

Gin: The Movie is likely to be a big hit in Victoria, which has gone gin-crazy since the opening of a number of world-class distilleries in the region, most of which will be offering tastes of local libations before the show. The documentary itself heads overseas to the motherland of gin: the UK, where it features gin enthusiasts as they sing the praises and spill the secrets of the herbaceous tipple.

If beer is more your poison, the feature-length documentary Brewmaster might hit the spot. The movie follows the stories of two men in the United States who decide to take the plunge and enter the business of beer. For this flick, local brewers will be on hand offering samples.

RELATED: FILM FEST WRAP: Your winners, reviewer’s favourites make for differing lists

The tea toddlers among us need not fear, for there are offerings that don’t revolve around alcohol. Himalayan Gold Rush, for instance, playing on the Saturday night, takes a look at the mania surrounding the annual search for a half-plant, half-insect local fungal delicacy said to have magical properties. This screening takes place at The Mint (a festival first) and will be served up with Tibetan momos prepared by Mint owner Rajen Shakya.

Other features on the menu include Chef’s Diaries: Scotland, exploring that country’s long-overlooked cuisine, Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy, a portrait of the ‘Mick Jagger of Mexican cooking,’ and Back to Burgundy, a personal journey through the legendary French wine region. All features are paired with a tasty treat before the film.

“I love going to the movies, and I think it is special,” said Kay, “but I think these days adding a little something else in makes it a really unique event and worth getting out from behind the TV for.”

Most screenings will be at The Vic Theatre. More information and tickets can be found at feastfoodfilm.ca.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Final HarbourCats home game of 2019 happening tonight at RAP

Tickets still available for Game 1 of the West Coast League finals; first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

WINE NOTES: Going gaga over B.C. Gewürztraminer

Robert Moyes offers up some interesting late-summer vino choices

Take your opportunity to sing at the Royal Theatre

Great Canadian Sing debuts Sept. 8 with inspirational music, talented performers, singalong format

Panels proliferate in Victoria’s Commercial Alley Art Gallery

City artist Fern Long’s themed works will be on display through August 2020

Pink Floyd tribute band to kick off North American tour in Sidney

Victoria band PIGS returning to Mary Winspear Centre 10 years after their first appearance

VIDEO: Prince Charles might have cameo in next James Bond film

‘Bond 25,’ the final film to feature Daniel Craig, coming to theatres in April 2020

Tour de Victoria: Giving you the down low on detours around the region

Thousands of cyclists participating in ninth Tour de Victoria on Saturday

Christopher Auchter’s story headed to the international stage at Toronto International Film Fest

Old Massett totem pole raising revisited in Christopher Auchter’s documentary Now Is The Time

Saanich Peninsula student scores only scholarship for Canadians offered by top U.S. music school

Stelly’s grad Isaiah Carvalhal-Smith and his electric bass off to Boston after successful audition

Yellow Wolf Powwow draws dancers from across Canada

Saanichton event a celebration of Indigenous culture

Victoria-based elephant advocate fighting to end ivory trade

Founder of World Elephant Day hopes to spread awareness, add political pressure

Most Read