Tucson, AZ Slow Food Tucson announces its third annual food and film festival to be held January 10-13, 2008.
Classic food films, meals at premier restaurants, guest speakers/entertainers and international new food film screenings will be featured.
This year’s program includes three classic food films:
Like Water for Chocolate(Mexican) the magical realism saga of Tita, a young girl who is only able to express her passions through her food which has the power to make people experience what she feels.
Fried Green Tomatoes (American)the touching story of a woman in a troubled marriage who finds a new life cooking at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
The Wedding Banquet(Chinese) the hilarious tale of a gay man in America who tries to placate his parents back in Taiwan by telling them he is marrying. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in New York to plan his elaborate wedding banquet.
The culinary events include an opening reception at the JW Marriott Country Club at Starr Pass; a Mexican mole meal at Miguel’s Restaurant where ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan will conduct a tequila tasting; a barbecue at The Last Territory Restaurant at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel; Asian brunch at Vila Thai Restaurant; and a concluding gala organic dinner at the Ventana Room at Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort.
On Saturday, January 12, keynote speaker Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, will speak on Food as Intangible Heritage on the West Campus of Pima Community College.
Both on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, there will be screenings of new international food films, selected from over 50 submissions, including documentaries, animation, features and shorts. The audience will vote on the award for the Best of the Best.
Slow Food Tucson promotes eating local and seasonal foods from growers who practice sustainable agriculture, honoring culinary heritage and educating the public.
As a non-profit, Slow Food Tucson donates proceeds from the festival to local, worthy non-profit organizations that demonstrate Slow Food principles.Â The Tucson convivium is part of Slow Food USA, and affiliated with Slow Food International, headquartered in Italy with 80,000 members located in 50 countries worldwide.
The best price on the festival is the full pass for $250 ($200 for Slow Food members) if purchased before December 31. Order forms and additional pricing and program information is available at the website