Another first for Wolfville. According to Michael Howell, owner of The Tempest restaurant, it is the first town in Canada to hold a weekend food and film festival, although there is a “notable” one in Baloney Bolgna, Italy [How appropriate!]. The new festival, called the Slow Motion Film Fest [Howell is Chairman] started yesterday and runs til Sunday with 11 film screenings.
Thirty film passes are sold already, so Howell says his budgetary goal has been reached. All-film passes are $65. Single admissions are $8 adults and $5 kids.
One of the films was produced by Slow Food Nova Scotia and cost $25,000 to make.
Slow Food has distributed copies to all library districts in the province and the provincial government is buying 500 to distribute to schools.
Our tax dollars at work.
It’s not just films though. There is the harvest dinner tonight; it is hinted Jason Priestly will attend since he is in the area filming Meet Phil Fitz. [In New Minas; Guess Wolfville didn’t look morally bankrupt enough?] All 80 places are sold except that “We might be able to squeeze 90 people in,” Howell says. 🙂
There is a panel discussion on sustainable seafood.
Another special guest will be Sinclair Philip, owner of the Sooke Harbour House in Sooke, B.C. His was one of the first restaurants to devote itself to local foods back in 1979, he is the Canadian representative to Slow Food in Italy and is the Slow Food Vancouver Island Convivium leader.
Philip will take part in the panel discussion on sustainable seafood Sunday at 10 a.m. Others participating are Jenn Scott from the Ecology Action Centre [is there anything Ecology Action has not inserted itself into?], biologist Dr. Jeff Hutchings and Philip Docker of Shandaph Oysters in Merigomish. The panel of experts in food security, production and preparation will round table “the economics and ethics of eating seafood in the modern era.”
Not only drinking coffee is a philosophy these days, eating is too.
And that’s not all.
As part of Slow Motion, Slow Food Nova Scotia and the Wolfville Farmers Market present a special Slow Motion Amazing Market Food Race.
November 7 at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, the “slow” race is on. Pick up your ticket at the info booth and meander through the market following the clues and collecting the necessary ingredients needed from vendors to make a delicious recipe.
Tickets are $8, and that covers the cost of the ingredients you’ll be taking home to serve up the mystery recipe (with enough ingredients to prepare two full portions).
When you have found all six ingredients, head upstairs to the market café to the Slow Food Nova Scotia table. Then, you’ll be asked to deduce what recipe you’ll be making…
Right or wrong, a taste of the finished dish, prepared under the direction of Chef Instructor Peter Dewar, and a recipe will be yours.
Hand in your ticket to be entered into a draw to win two tickets to either A Slow Motion film or to Gastronomical Night Kitchen concert.
Since this is a “slow race” we would expect that the last one to hand in their ticket would win.
Howell must be very pleased with the publicity the lengthy article in the Register gave to all the events. He must also be very pleased with the work being done, at taxpayers expense, on his sidewalk cafe, er, Central Ave. Would we do that for the Anvil?