The Bayou City Food and Film Festival is a delicious new festival coming to Houston in 2014. This three-day festival celebrates art, culture, and the science of food. There will be a great selection of food films, chefs, food activists, receptions, and parties throughout the weekend of May 2-4, 2014. All of the films featured this year are screening in Houston for the first time. 14 Pews will host the festival in the intimate setting of an old church renovated into a small movie theater.
Friday: Sweet Dreams & Opening Night Party
Sweet Dreams is a documentary about the rebirth of Rwanda by brother and sister filmmakers Rob Fruchtman and Lisa Fruchtman. Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of genocide to create a new future for themselves by opening an ice cream shop. The opening party featuring the filmmakers will follow the Houston premiere of this film.
Saturday: Discussions, Tea Tastings, & Films
Saturday’s festivities begin with a panel-led discussion titled “Why Food Matters.” The discussion will center on what food says about us and why talking about it is important. Next will be the premiere of the film Small Bites, a collection of short food documentaries produced by University of Houston students. The next film screened will be All in this Tea. This documentary follows an American tea expert as he travels to remote areas of China where tea is grown. There will be a tea tasting before the screening of this film. The next documentary, Growing Cities, examines the role of urban farming in America. There will be a discussion about farm-to-table before the film and a discussion of the film after the screening.
Sunday: Discussions, Wine Tastings, & Films
A screening of the film Symphony of the Soil kicks off Sunday’s festivities. This artistic documentary explores the miraculous substance soil. There will be a panel-led discussion featuring some of Houston’s top chefs, Urban Harvest, Plant-It-Forward, and Recipe for Success Foundation following this film. The next screening will be Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers. This film praises the wondrous glories of garlic and its mystique. A wine tasting will take place before the next film Somm. This humorous and revealing documentary looks into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Master Sommelier Exam. Following a discussion of the wine business, the closing night party wraps up the weekend’s events.
For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets visit The Bayou City Food & Film Festival.