Few things pair as naturally as food and film. Everyone loves a good slow motion shot of knives chopping vegetables, or meat sizzling on a skillet. The Flatirons Food Film Festival is a place where you can celebrate everything great about the intersection of fantastic dining and stunning cinematography. Entering its third year, this six-day event kicks off October 19-25. Part of the University of Colorado’s International Film Series, it brings together foodies and movie buffs for an unforgettable experience. The best part? Most events take place on campus, so everything is just a short walk away.
Here are three reasons why you absolutely have to stop by:
Full of participants passionate about film and food, the festival has really developed its own culture. The events are brimming with opportunities to sample new treats while enjoying a great movie. One of the many features of this showcase is the benefit of having expert appearances throughout the week. Notable names in the industry are invited to host book signings and other chances to interact with guests and enhance the experience. One of the highlights of the festival will be the showing of Farang, the story of Pok Pok restaurants and how its founders searched tirelessly for a genuine Thai flavor.
While the festivities are more focused on showcasing food through film, there are still plenty of chances for attendees to sample fantastic dishes. From a fermented-food fair to their downtown Boulder Sushi Crawl, the Food Film Festival is certainly an ideal trip for anyone with a love for the culinary arts. Only here can you sample school lunches and enjoy meals by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Andy Ricker in the same week. It’s a great way to experience a full spectrum of flavors with a refreshing twist. The schedule of events is delicious to say the least, and you’ll really enjoy the various dining options available.
One thing that makes this week of movies so much fun is the variety of films being played. The festival is all about showcasing new and thought-provoking pieces, and doesn’t stick to the mold of exclusively showing documentaries. The organizers really make an effort to include different genres and types of movies that expose viewers to a broad range of emotions and cultures. The program covers topics that range from overhauling school lunches to the origins of General Tsao’s Chicken. With a selection of subjects as diverse as this, there will definitely be something that meets your fancy.
If you’re hungry for something more than the typical meal, I highly recommend paying a visit to the Flatirons Food Film Festival this month. You’ll love Boulder’s unique vibe mixed with a winning selection of culinary and cinematic events. This being the champion of all things gastronomical in the area, you’ll be given plenty of food for the stomach, and the soul. See you there!