Foodies, cinephiles, farmers and chefs: Revel in this season of the Earth’s abundance! The Creston and District Public Library celebrates the harvest, salutes the valley’s agricultural significance and commemorates B.C.’s Farmers Appreciation Week with its Fabulous Food Film Festival, presenting three stunning documentary films that will tantalize your taste buds and excite your mind.
The films are:
Ingredients, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Farmers and chefs are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local. Ingredients illustrates how people are working to revitalize the connection between farmers and food lovers. The film takes us across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. Ingredients is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities — told through mouth-watering cinematography.
To Make a Farm, 7 p.m., Sept. 14. What might the future of local food and farming look like? This enlightening and thought-provoking film follows five young people without farming backgrounds as they embark on making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, they meet the risks and challenges of this demanding profession with determination, dedication, imagination, passion and sacrifice. To Make a Farm is a hopeful look at small-scale food production, named one of the 10 most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Queen of the Sun, 2 p.m. Sept. 15. What are the bees telling us? Taking us on a journey into the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the tiny pollinators of 30 per cent of the world’s food crops. Queen of the Sun follows colorful, alternative and inspiring beekeepers from all around the globe as they keep bees in natural and holistic ways. From the United States to Italy, each has unique philosophical and spiritual insights into their bees and is striving to keep their bees safe, healthy and productive.
The Fabulous Food Film Festival takes place at the Creston and District Public Library (531 16th Avenue South). Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 250-428-4141.
— CRESTON AND DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY