In Art & Design | By Fogo Island Inn | October 24, 2017

Devour! Food & Film Weekend on Fogo Island

DEVOUR! The Food Film Fest, the largest film festival in the world devoted to all things culinary, comes to Fogo Island in Late Fall, closing out the inaugural Island Harvest Series from November 3-5, 2017 at Fogo Island Inn. Chef Michael Howell, festival founder, and the Fogo Island Inn Kitchen Collective will create an unforgettable six-course dinner menu by pairing six award-winning films with ingredients sourced from the lands and waters of Fogo Island. Bringing true meaning to “watch what you eat,” guests get to enjoy the award-winning short films that inspire each course, and explore Fogo Island over three days and two nights of food, film, and fun.

It’s only fitting that Devour! The Food Film Fest travels to Fogo Island, which has a time-honoured connection to film. It was this tiny island off the north coast of Newfoundland that birthed the legendary 1960s filmmaking project known around the world as the Fogo Process, which captured the stories of cod-fishing Fogo Islanders and their changing way of life. Community Hosts will recall for guests how the collaborative spirit spawned by the Fogo Process films is credited with saving the rich life of Fogo Island. Other cinematic offerings on the weekend roster celebrate food stories from around the world, touching on sustainability, unique culinary traditions, and the characters who’ve devoted their lives to the art of cooking.

The weekend will include a Friday evening film reception accompanied by a chowder cook-off, Saturday hikes and foraging walks capped off by a film-inspired supper, and concludes with a foraged Sunday breakfast and farewell film reel. Below are the films that will be featured in the DEVOUR! Food & Film Weekend on Fogo Island, curated by DEVOUR!’s Managing Director, Lia Rinaldo.

Saturday Evening Supper

From Milpa to Mesa

The process of transforming heirloom corn from tiny farms across Mexico into tortillas for the world's best restaurants and taco carts has never been more danceable.

USA/Mexico (2017), 2 minutes

Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

In a Nutshell

What kind of world are we living in? How are we connected? It only takes six minutes to sum up in this poignant piece of animated sensory overload.

Switzerland (2017), 6 minutes

Director: Fabio Friedli

Bacon & Greens 

A most lyrical look at some of Ireland’s staple foods — a flitch of boiled meat, potatoes and greens.

USA/Ireland (2017), 2 minutes

Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine

Cod-Pot Fishing Fogo

Aubrey and Marie Payne have fished their entire lives…together.

Canada (2016), 3 minutes

Director: Rosemary House

Why This Road: Dan Portelance

As the son and grandson of fish fryers in coastal Massachusetts, Dan Portelance dreamed of a life elsewhere as a famous chef. But sometimes life deals some tough cards….

Canada (2016), 5 minutes

Director: Ben Proudfoot


Don’t take your eyes off your kitchen counter for one second; you never know what your fruit might get up to.

Croatia (2016), 5 minutes

Director: Ivan Mirko Senjanović


Forget spaghetti westerns and their stand-offs. This woman knows what she wants and she’s not letting anyone keep her from her cheese.

Canada (2014), 5 minutes

Director: Hannah Cheesman

Sunday Morning Brunch

The Ovens of Cappoquin

A tale seen the world over: the struggle to survive and maintain quality and integrity on this changing planet. In this case, for its longevity, commitment to tradition and love of good bread, Barron's Bakery is a beacon of inspiration.

USA/Ireland (2017), 4 minutes

Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine


Mr. Salty 

Peter has worked as a chef all over Canada and around the world, including Australia, China and Spain. He has painstakingly developed his salt production technique at the Newfoundland Salt Company through research and trial and error, while working as a sous chef at world-renowned Raymond’s.

Canada (2014), 4 minutes

Director: Daniel Williams


The Land, The Sea 

How do you choose the land or the sea? Longtime deep sea fisherman turned goat farmer, Gabriel Flaherty of Aran Islands Goats Cheese, doesn't have to. The sea surrounds him and runs through his veins.

USA/Ireland (2017), 6 minutes

Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine


Hand. Line. Cod

It seems like everything good keeps turning up Fogo, including the reversal of a 20-year moratorium on North Atlantic cod and the fishermen leading the sustainable revolution in this remote place.

Canada (2016), 13 minutes

Director: Justin Simms