The 4th annual Sacramento Food Film Festival is back with an expanded number and variety of food and film pairings.
The 10 day festival, which will run from March 19-29, will screen food films and documentaries while guests munch, dine, or chow down on bites, brews, or dishes offered by some of Sacramento’s best chefs and breweries. This year’s festival promises to be more interactive with Q&A sessions by chefs, area experts, and a film producer as well as VIP upgrades that include a tour of urban farms, live cooking demos, and hob-nob opportunities with local chefs.
The festival has also grown to 11 venues this year with a different food-centric event everyday—up from 7 venues last year and just 1 the first year!
Started in 2012 by Catherine Enfield, the event began as a way to teach and impassion Sacramento about local food. Its partner and beneficiary has been the Food Literacy Center, a local nonprofit that teaches children about healthy eating. Because of the festival’s growth, Enfield handed the festival over to the Food Literacy Center this year. Not only does Enfield believe in the Center’s ability to make the event great, but founding Executive Director of the Food Literacy Center, Amber Stott, also said it was a perfect fit.
“We’re building on and growing what Enfield created,” said Stott. “Some of [the new approaches] are making it fun and allowing folks to get involved.We’re not only making it fun but actionable.”
Actionable opportunities, such as the Q&A discussions, will be available to everyone, but guests willing to pay a few dollars more for VIP upgrades will get a more interactive, exclusive, and behind-the-scenes experience.
“[With the VIPs] they’re getting more unique access to our chefs and hands on food experiences,” said Stott. “We wanted another way for people to [meet local chefs] and…to know about urban farming in our backyard.”
And lets not forget about the films. Stott says it’s a unique opportunity to see films and documentaries guests may not otherwise be able to see as the Center had to go out of their way to acquire some of them. Attendees will also get to watch films like the big-name “Hundred Foot Journey” (paired with a four-course meal by Lucca) or the classic “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (paired with Selland’s spaghetti for the the whole family).
Each food-themed experience varies by location and prices range from free – $70.
The festival kicks off tomorrow, March 19, by premiering the winning films of the Sacramento Food Film Festival Shorts Contest at Goldfield Trading Post. Dishes will be prepared by local restaurant chefs, including Mother, Ten22, Formoli’s Bistro, and the James Beard Award-winning Chef Hank Shaw.
Events, prices, and locations are below and at www.foodliteracycenter.org
Thursday, March 19, 6-9 pm – Premiere
Food: Dishes prepared by Executive Chef Michael Thiemann of Mother and Empress Tavern, Executive Chef Jay Veregge of Ten22, Aimal Formoli of Formoli’s Bistro and James Beard Award-winning chef Hank Shaw
Film: Winning short films of the Sacramento Food Film Festival Shorts Contest
Venue: Goldfield Trading Post
Cost: $45 general admission, $55 VIP – exclusive bites and a champagne room
Friday, March 20, 6-9 pm
Food: Film-inspired Chinese family-style dinner cooked by Frank Fat’s Executive Chef Mike Lim
Film: Soul of A Banquet
Venue: Frank Fat’s Catering Facility
Cost: $55 general admission, $70 VIP – make the Chinese dumpling Yu Kwok with dipping sauce, free cocktail and Frank Fat’s gift bag.
Saturday, March 21, 5:30-8 pm
Food: Bring your own for the picnic; VIP is the tour, which offers bites made by Chris Jarosz of Broderick Roadhouse, Chef Adam Pechal, and Ed Roehr of Magpie
Film: Shorts on urban farming
Venue: McClatchy Park
Cost: Picnic is FREE, $45 VIP for Urban Farm Bus Tour ticket (with the chefs!)
Sunday, March 22, 4-6:30 pm
Food: Brews and bites from local chefs, including Chefs Kurt Spataro, and Dirty Feet Dining Chefs Scott Ostrander, Tyler Bond, Ramon Perez, Joe Pruner and Brock Macdonald
Film: The Farmer and the Chef
Venue: Ruhstaller Brewery + Tap Room
Cost: $50 general admission; $75 VIP – lounge seating during film, exclusive food, meet chefs
Tuesday, March 24, 6-9 pm
Food: Pizza and beer
Film: Josey Builds a Bakery
Venue: Federalist Public House
Cost: $30 general admission, $45 VIP – learn how to make pizza dough from Chef Shannon McElroy and take home a yeast starter
Wednesday, March 25, 5-8 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-9 pm
Thursday, March 26, 6-8 pm
Food: Coffee infused drinks and food by Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. and OneSpeed Pizza
Film: The Way Back to Yarasquin
Venue: Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters
Cost: $35 general admission, $50 VIP – learn to roast coffee for different flavor results, coffee tasting
Friday, March 27, 6-9 pm
Saturday, March 28, 11 am – 12 pm
Food: Brunch by Matt Brown of Forrester Food and complimentary bloody Mary’s
Venue: Preservation & Co.
Cost: $25 general admission, $35 VIP – See how Sriracha is made, and take home your own bottle of the sauce made by Preservation & Co.’s owner Jason Pool
Sunday, March 29, 3:30-6 pm