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International Food Film Festival Kicks Off Today in Wolfville
November 12, 2014 – Wolfville, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
It’s an event that educates and entertains through food films from around the world. Now in its fourth year, Devour! The Food Film Fest will bring more than 8,000 food and film enthusiasts to Wolfville this week.
Chefs and filmmakers have joined forces to deliver a five-day program of food films, industry sessions, farmer’s market events, wine tours, chef demos, tastings, pop-ups, receptions and special dinners.
Local businesses are mobilizing to offer new visitors a taste of Nova Scotian cuisine and hospitality. More than 60 restaurants, accommodations, attractions and shops are participating in the week’s festivities by featuring special products, services and promotions.
In addition to the boost in off-season traffic, Devour! is benefitting local tourism by showcasing the region to international audiences. It is highlighting the area’s appeal as a culinary tourism destination and as a venue to host large-scale events.
The Government of Canada is contributing $100,000 to this year’s festival, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP). This support will assist with marketing and programming to deliver the festival.
The Government of Nova Scotia has invested $122,500 in the event.
- Devour! The Food Film Fest was founded in 2009 by Slow Food Nova Scotia.
- Devour! has steadily doubled its attendance each year, with 1,000 attendees in 2009; 2,000 in 2011; 4,000 in 2013 and now 8,000 projected for 2014.
- This year’s festival will feature more than 30 chefs and 50 films.
“Since its inception, Devour! The Food Film Fest has experienced exponential growth, doubling its attendance each year, while gaining local and international recognition for its fresh perspective on food and film. Our Government is pleased to support this one-of-a-kind event as it brings new visitors to our region, strengthens industry partnerships and creates opportunities for local business.”
- Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“Devour! shines the spotlight on Nova Scotia’s culinary excellence and our many talented chefs while bringing communities and people together to provide enriched tourism experiences. Events like this bring international attention to Nova Scotia as a culinary destination, and attract more first-time visitors who tend stay longer and spend more. That’s good for everyone.”
- Keith Irving, Kings South MLA, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson
“Devour! The Food Film Fest demonstrates the passion and dedication necessary to present the very best of what Nova Scotia has to offer. We couldn’t do it without our valued public sector support.”
- Lia Rinaldo and Michael Howell, festival organizers of Devour! The Food Film Fest
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Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
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Devour! The Food Film Fest