Thursday, June 13
Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy
Diana Kennedy, “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cooking” and two-time James Beard award winner, proves she’s never lost her zest for life or her love of papadzules. The world’s foremost culinary expert on Mexican cooking is a petite, 94-year-old, British-born woman–but this isn’t the most eccentric thing about her. Soon-to-be making its British Columbia premiere, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy was recently screened to audiences at HotDocs, and winner of the Special Jury Award for excellence in storytelling at the SXSW Film Festival.
Celebrating a love for home cooking and cooking education, Cook Culture is featuring a dish that is simple and flavourful. A West Coast Ceviche showcasing fresh BC white fish marinated in citrus juice, tomatoes, chilies, cilantro and avocado. Served with corn tortilla chips. Also on the menu will be a tasty tequila cocktail!
Chef’s Diaries: Scotland
Star restaurateurs and brothers Joan, Josep, and Jordi Roca are hungry for culinary inspiration. They leave behind their restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca – twice named world’s best restaurant and a holder of three Michelin stars – for a gastronomical journey through Scotland in the hope of uncovering the secrets behind a long-overlooked cuisine. Together, they embrace new experiences and challenge their palates as they travel through Scotland’s various regions, unearthing a surprisingly dynamic cuisine along the way.
As the film suggests, the pairing of local food and drink is the soul of a region’s cuisine. Get a taste of something unique from the Island with award-winning and locally owned Toque catering and Sheringham Distillery. Both are providing the evening’s treats, including delicious bites and a cocktail.
Friday, June 14
Gin: The Movie
Dry, herbaceous, and currently in style, gin continues to defy assumptions that it’s just a base for fancy, flavourful cocktails. The greatest gin enthusiasts in the UK share secrets behind the famous spirit, proving there is more to the juniper-based elixir than its relation to the martini. You’ll never look at another gin and tonic the same way again.
Vancouver Island is home to many inspiring and award-winning gins, and to celebrate, we invite you for some of the best Vancouver Island gin hosted by Adam from The Strathcona Liquor Store. Sip samples from various local distilleries, and discover the passion behind their stories and their use of locally-sourced ingredients.
Beer geeks rejoice! Raise your glass to this effervescent look at the modern world’s romance with craft beer. Follow the stories of two American men set on making their dreams a reality in the flourishing business of beer. One is a New York lawyer who moonlights as a homebrewer, and the other is a professional beer educator who is striving for the title of Master Cicerone. Like any good ale worth its IBU, Brewmaster is the love letter for craft brewers and craft beer drinkers alike, meant to be savoured in the moment.
Victoria has long been considered a pioneer in the craft beer movement and a destination for craft beer drinkers. Sample some of the best local brews from Spinnakers, Vancouver Island Brewing, and Hoyne Brewing Co., and get the inside scoop on their journey to the top.
Saturday, June 15
Himalayan Gold Rush
Follow the money and the path to prosperity in this documentary recounting the annual mad dash through the Himalayas for a mysterious half-plant half-insect that is said to have magical properties. As precious and expensive as any exquisite truffle, the search and harvest of Nepal’s Yarsagumbu is a gold rush story for the new millennia. Himalayan Gold Rush will be screened at The Mint.
The Mint owner Rajen Shakya will be onsite to demonstrate how to make the perfect handrolled momo – a tradtional South Asian dumpling that is native to Tibet. Sample them alongside a cup of Chiya (chai) for a tantalizing treat from the Far East.
Back To Burgundy
Back to Burgundy invites viewers for an intoxicating story of three siblings’ passage into running the family’s centuries-old winery. Comment pouvez-vous résister? Audiences may recognize France’s own Pio Marmai, formerly in Trouble with You, winner of the Victoria FIlm Festival audience favourite award 2019.
Join us on a savoury tour of European cheeses from Italy with a samplings provided by La Tana Italian Bakery. Leading the tasting will be Flavia, a registered Master Cheese Taster in the professional category of the Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori di Formaggi (ONAF). This will be accompanied by a glass of wine from Enrico Winery.