CNN television host special guest at opening of Devour Food Festival in Wolfville

Kristen Lipscombe
Published on August 6, 2014

Wolfville will become “the epicentre of epicurean delight” when Devour! The Food Film Fest arrives this fall, mayor Jeff Cantwell said Aug. 6.

“When you bring in world-class chefs and world-class critics to a town of 4,300 people, it has an energy that we don’t see all the time in Nova Scotia,” he said, while schmoozing on the outdoor champagne bar at The Bicycle Thief.

The Halifax waterfront restaurant, where sparkling wine was flowing and oysters were ready for serving, set an idyllic scene for the Aug. 6 unveilling that culinary television personality Anthony Bourdain will be hosting opening night Nov. 12. This year’s delectable celebration runs through Nov. 16 in Wolfville.

Bourdain is most well-known for CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, The Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover and his role as judge on ABC’s The Taste. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

Bourdain picked his favourite foodie film for opening night, 1994’s Eat Drink Man Woman, and will both interact with the audience and hold a book-signing. The kick-off gala, dubbed Order of Good Cheer, will also feature 12 of Nova Scotia’s top chefs.

“Our 2014 program includes more workshops, more chef collaborations, … (and) the beginning of a newfound relationship with the Berlin Film Festival,” Howell said, with chefs visiting from Montreal, New Orleans and many more.

The full food and film line-up will be announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this September, he said.

Full-event tickets, including opening reception, gala film and post-reception, are now available for $150 apiece.