Melon smashing, a scene from the short film "Zergut," screening on Foodporn night

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

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: 21 films on all aspects of cooking, farming, dining and eating. And of course there are the parties including those featuring Food Porn, Rockaway Tacos in Manhattan and the Peruvian gastronomic feast called Mistura.

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.

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Rachel Wharton is the editor of Edible Brooklyn. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.