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What Not to Miss at the NYC Food Film Fest This October

Comment | September 26, 2011 | By

Melon smashing, a scene from the short film “Zergut,” screening on food porn night

Last week the folks at NYC Food Film Festival finally posted the rundown for season five of the annual event celebrating shorts about our favorite subject. The fest takes place from October 13 through 16 at Tribeca Cinemas: There are 21 films on all aspects of cooking, farming, dining and eating. (Yes, there’s even a doc on the famed pizza maker Dom DeMarco from DiFara’s in Midwood, Brooklyn.) And of course there are the parties! These three look mighty tasty to us:

1. A Taco Takedown on the afternoon of Saturday October 15 hosted by Brooklyn cooking competition master Matt Timms. His contests are usually for the general public (check his Bacon Takedown at the Bell House the very next day) but this one is only open to the pros: You get to eat the results. Plus Rockaway Tacos will be serving in The City (meaning Manhattan) for the first time ever, alongside the tortilla masters Nixtamal from Queens.

2. The Food Porn Party comes later Saturday night, featuring seven flicks and a show of in your face imagery of edibles, such as the exploding watermelon shown above. Chef Brad Farmerie will be serving food from the exceedingly new space he just opened called Saxon + Parole.

3. The “Edible Adventure #3,” featuring a documentary on the over-the-top Peruvian feast called Mistura. (250,000 attendees, the country’s top chefs and food producers like a guy who grows 35 kinds of pink and blue speckled spuds.) The Peruvian tourism board is helping the organizers prepare what’s shown on screen.

About Rachel Wharton

Rachel Wharton is a deputy editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn magazines with a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, where she focused her research on sustainable agriculture and food culture (with a minor in tacos). She has 15 years of experience as a writer, starting her career with fisheries, water issues, coastal life (and fried oysters) in North Carolina, where she grew up. Before joining the Edibles, she spent four-and-half years working as a features food reporter at the New York Daily News. She also won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award for stories in Edible Brooklyn, while her profile of Russ & Daughters in this magazine will be included in the book 2010 Best Food Writing. P.S., she will eat street meat with abandon, no matter its sustainability.

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