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Foodie Film Festival

by Donna Rhodes

Highlands Playhouse’s season has drawn to a close, but there’s still lights, camera, and plenty of action for you to enjoy.

Out next performance is a delicious one … the second annual Foodie Film Festival, October 25-27, a synthesis of stunning cinema and sumptuous cuisine. It’s proudly sponsored by Jeff Schenck and Rachael Friday, and co-sponsored by Avary and Gerry Doubleday, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Highlands Wine Shoppe, Cake Bar, and other local restaurants and chefs, soon to be announced.

There was such a successful fusion of food and film in 2018, organizers bumped it up a notch or two. This year’s festival will feature:

“The Cakemaker,” an award-winning German-Israeli film about food and affairs of the heart, will be paired with delicious Cake Bar confections.

“Ramen Shop,” the saga of a man in search of his childhood favorite dish, will be matched with a taste treat you’ll love to noodle around with.

“Biggest Little Farm,” a local shop documentary break-out hit, promises a farm-to-table delight.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a 2014 American comedy starring Helen Mirren, is a supremely entertaining tale that the Playhouse will pair with exotic Indian delights.

The festival’s series of award-winning film shorts from around the world were in such demand last year (Remember the boiled peanuts and fantastic goat cheese?) that organizers decided to double the presentations. Among this year’s selections are “Decanted,” “Honeyland,” and “The Many Lives of Louis Osteen.”

Look for more tantalizing treats from local chefs and great pairings from the Highlands Wine Shop. FFF showtimes are 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00 P.M..

Visit highlandsplayhouse.org for details as they emerge. Sign up for the link to email announcements delivering the latest Foodie Fest notices and news about other Playhouse events and volunteer ops. Look for info about Foodie Festival a la carte tickets. This year’s weekend passes will get you into everything with no wait, no worries.

FFF is growing by leaps and bounds. This year look for cooking demos on the patio, tastings, lectures, and maybe a guest wine aficionado. Who knows what other surprises are in store?

Proceeds benefit the Playhouse. Thank you for your support. Bon appetit!

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