While movie theater cuisine is traditionally synonymous with buckets of buttery popcorn, overflowing glasses of Coca-Cola and super-sized candy portions, The Food Film Festival wants you to forget everything that you know about snacking at the cinema.
The Film Food Festival is a “multisensory food and film experience” hosted at the AMC Empire 25 Theater in Times Square in New York from October 20-23. This event is comprised of four days of film-foodie action, in which attendees watch films about food while simultaneously having the opportunity to enjoy the exact dish they are watching on the big screen. Afterward, a panel of judges will evaluate both the film and their culinary accompaniment, handing out awards in categories such as Best Feature Film, Best Food Porn Film, and the Food Filmmaker of the Year Award.
To kick off the festival, the theme of the opening night will be "Best of the Decade," which highlights some of the best food films screened at the festival in its 10-year history. Some of the movies on the menu for this evening are How to Make a Turtle Burger (which comes with a turtle burger from Schweid & Sons and Night Kitchen), Ice Cream Picasso (catered by Max & Mina’s Ice Cream) and Benevolent Baker: Mini Top Pot Donut, which features sugary treats from Top Pot Donuts in Seattle Washington.
The second night takes guests on a trip down south to "Experience the Taste of Louisiana." This event is dedicated to the unique cuisine of the state of Louisiana, which has given the culinary world southern classics such as gumbo, jambalaya, and the Po’boy. The night will feature Cajun and Creole delicacies from City Pork Brasserie, The Leibowitz Pickle Company, and Carrollton Market. Comfort food fanatics can expect to dine on Volcano bread, Oysters Goodenough, and an alligator dish they’ll never forget.
Day three of the festival will tackle the seductive and glamorous performance of food porn, a night that will feature extreme eats and steamy food close-ups that will have audiences on the edge of cuisine-induced orgasm. The sexy dishes that viewers can expect to enjoy are oysters, couscous with mackerel, chocolate babka, and Napalm Chicken. But that’s not all. "The Food Porn Party" is expected to host the World’s First Food Porn Star, Larry Caldwell. Played by actor Charles Grantham, Caldwell exposes the eroticism of eating through 1970s pornstar satire and is sure to make a big impression at the festival.
And finally, on the last night of The Food Film Festival, the event will pay homage to the cuisine of Japanese street markets. After going back in time at festivals in years past, taking a trip to the Pelican state, and being turned on by food porn, the festival ends with a spectacular look at some of Japan’s most unforgettable dishes. Attendees can expect to munch on traditional Mochi by Patisserie Tomoko, tsukemen by Ramen Lab’s Chef Nigo, and takoyaki by Chef Karl Palma. Also, it’s safe to say that sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine, will most likely make an appearance.
The Food Film Festival not only benefits the hungry stomachs of the guests — part of the proceeds will also go to various non-profit organizations such as the Food Bank for New York City, The Billion Oyster Project, The Good Food Project, and GrowFood America.
Doors open at 7pm for the first (Best of the Decade) and final night (The Food Film Festival Eat Japan!), and 8pm for the second (The Taste of Louisiana) and third (The Food Porn Party). Tickets can be purchased on The Food Film Festival website and after parties are expected to be held after each night’s event. Be sure to get your tickets fast for this exciting and delicious NYC event — you won’t regret saving a seat at this five-star foodie extravaganza.
Photos Courtesy of The Food Film Festival, Epicure Films, Jordan Kahn, Larry Caldwell, and Great Big Story
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