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2011 Slow Motion Food Film Festival opens this week 

A Foodie film paradise in Wolfville, November 11-14

Jason Priestley will attend the Slow Motion Food Film Festival this week
  • Jason Priestley will attend the Slow Motion Food Film Festival this week
The Coast rarely is able to cover events happening outside the HRM, but when the Haliwood Insider heard about this, we had to give a shout-out.

The 2011 Slow Motion Food Film Festival is taking place November 11-14 in Wolfville. Screenings include Canadian and international shorts and features. The festival organizer is Michael Howell, chef at premiere Wolfville resto Tempest. “I am particularly excited about how this combination of films both entertains and raises awareness of some compelling global issues such as health, food security, and the importance of bees to the balance and continuation of ecosystems," explains Howell in a press release. "There is definitely something for everyone---food, film and wine lovers alike.”

The festival boasts the Canadian premiere of Perfect Sense---starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green---about a chef and an epidemiologist who fall in love in Glasgow just as an epidemic robs the world's population of its sensory perceptions.

To kick off the four days of food-loving film, Howell is hosting a gala Barn Dinner on Thursday evening at the Wolfville Farmers' Market. A passel of chefs will be in attendance, including Craig Flinn (Chives), Dennis Johnston (Fid Resto), Luis Clavel (Atlantica Hotel) and Chris Velden (Flying Apron and formerly Ryan Duffy's).

And actor Jason Priestley will also be one of the chefs of the Barn Dinner. “Jason is a big supporter of Slow Food Nova Scotia and we’re thrilled he can take the time from his busy production schedule to take part in this event," says Howell. Priestley is a regular visitor to the area as his ribald comedy Call Me Fitz is shot in neighbouring New Minas. He'll also attend the festival's awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Tickets for the dinner are $59 and available at ticketpro.ca or any Ticketpro location. Visit slowmotionfilmfest.ca for information about the film screenings and other events.

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