Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and the support of a bunch of local restaurants, the first ever Food & Farm Film Fest is happening March 29 to 31 at the Roxie Theater. The festival features screenings of a half dozen food-related films, including the brand new film Trattoria, which was filmed at 500 Jackson Street in 2011 (see the trailer here), and the 1980 documentary Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers, which centered on the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Chez Panisse's Bastille Day garlic-themed menu. As an added bonus, local chefs will be serving bites to the audience to pair with each film.
Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite has been closely involved with the festival, along with his marketing director Kirsten Bourne and programmer Mischa Nachtigal.
Also screening will be the well loved animated film Ratatouille, and the 2012 documentary Betting the Farm, about a group of Maine dairy farmers who started their own milk company after being dropped by a national milk conglomerate.
See the full schedule and get tickets here. Festival passes for all three days, including an opening party at Four Barrel, are $95.