Next month, the Food Film Festival will open its first event in Charleston, S.C. Being "the only film festival in the world where guests get to taste what they see on the screen," the event will feature more than 15 food films from around the world over two days.
Although this year will mark its first appearance in Charleston, the festival will also return to New York (for the seventh time) and Chicago (for the fourth) later this year. When asked why the festival chose to debut in Charleston this year, festival director and Travel Channel host George Motz said that beyond having many friends and family in the area, Charleston made sense culturally given the city’s rich history and vibrant culinary scene. There’s also a personal nostalgia factor: Motz’s mother’s family is from Charleston, so he’s excited to return to the site of many great childhood food experiences.
The Food Film Festival is known for engaging guests in a "multi-sensory experience" by serving the food that guests see on the screen. For example, the screening of the Ramen Dreams, a documentary about ramen expert Keizo Shimamoto (who will travel from Japan for one night), will feature a demo and serving of Shimamoto’s famous noodles after the film.
The second night of the festival will feature Southern foods and their associated experts as part of a "Hot Southern Shorts!" series. The closing night event will mark the debut of Motz’s new film about Low Country shrimping with an accompanying all-you-can-eat Low Country shrimp boil.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased via the festival’s website.