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HARPER GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD FILM FEST IN WOLFVILLE

 

July 31, 2013 - WOLFVILLE, NS

Food culture will take centre stage in Wolfville this year at Devour! The Food Film Fest, an event that combines cinematic and culinary arts to entertain and educate. The Government of Canada announced its support for the festival today at its official launch.

“Our investment in Devour Fest supports a unique cultural experience that attracts international visitation, supports existing local businesses and builds new industry relationships,” said Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “In today’s creative economy, visual and performing arts, heritage, culinary and cultural activities are increasingly important drivers of economic growth.”

The investment supports marketing activities to grow the festival, which takes place from November 13 to 17, 2013. The festival raises awareness of the impact of food, food culture and food systems, through films from around the world, farmers market events, industry panels, wine tours and tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations, producer visits, educational sessions with youth and special dining events.

The Government of Canada’s $60,000 investment, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) is in addition to $90,000 in support from Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, $5,000 from the Town of Wolfville and $3,500 from the Nova Scotia Slow Food Board.

The Slow Motion Food Film Fest Society, based in Nova Scotia, champions the festival and has been instrumental in garnering local and international support for the event since its inception in 2009.

"We are proud to have established a partnership with ACOA in bringing Devour! The Food Film Festival to life,” said Michael Howell, Executive Director of the Slow Motion Food Film Fest Society. “ACOA has long been one of the major supporters of growth in the culinary tourism sector as well as expanding business and industry opportunities in Atlantic Canada. In combining two fields–culinary tourism and industry development in the field of film and media arts production–this partnership with ACOA is one that we look forward to as Devour! grows into a significant international event that will bring innovation, investment and visitation to our region."

For more information on Devour! The Food Film Fest, visit www.devourfest.com.  


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Food culture will take centre stage in Wolfville this November at Devour! The Food Film Fest, an event that combines cinematic and culinary arts to entertain and educate. Senator Kelvin Ogilvie announced the Government of Canada’s $60,000 investment in Devour Fest through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) at the festival’s launch today. Senator Ogilvie said that the investment in Devour Fest supports a unique cultural experience that attracts international visitation, supports existing local businesses and builds new industry relationships. To learn more, visit www.devourfest.com.

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INFORMATION:

Alex Smith
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417/902-830-3839 (cell)
E-mail: Alex.Smith@acoa-apeca.gc.ca  

Lia Rinaldo
Managing Director
Slow Motion Food Film Fest Society
902-489-4796
E-mail: lia@devourfest.com