Mutton and Movies
June 12, 2009
Dinner and a movie. Popcorn at a drive-in.
As long as moving pictures have existed, so has its most compatible accessory: food. This weekend kicks off the third annual NYC Food Film Festival, a weeklong event that invites movie aficionados to sample the eats portrayed in presented “food films.”
Compared to the munchies at local cinemas, the festival offers a rather refined snacking experience. This weekend will feature samplings of buttermilk ice cream (coinciding with “Buttermilk: It Can Help”) and BBQ mutton, courtesy of “Mutton: The Movie.”
Other film topics span food groups and continents, ranging from a man’s mission to eat every fried/sticked item at the Wisconsin State Fair (“Eat Your Fill”) to an ode to an Argentinean favorite (“Beef is Bueno”). Mixologist Marshall Altier also will be on hand.
Admission to most of the festival, spanning June 13 to 18, is free. The presenters ask patrons to give back by donating two cans of food to benefit the Food Bank of New York.
The screenings will take place, rain or shine, at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, The Astor Center in Manhattan and at the new South Street Seaport Water Taxi location. For directions, schedules and further information, visit Food Film Festival.