March 4, 2013
Sacramento Food Film Fest features honey, sushi and more

beemovie.jpg Some movies go great with food, but these films explore food as a central topic.

Slow Food Sacramento will host its second Food Film Festival on March 15 and 16 at the Guild Theater, Broadway and 35th Street in Sacramento.

Local honey and sushi team up for the Friday night opener. To be screened at 5:30 p.m. March 15, "Quest for Local Honey" will be followed with a Q&A led by its Nevada City filmmakers. Then, Taro Arai of Mikuni and Billy Ngo of Kru will lead a sushi tasting and discussion of sustainable seafood, followed by the screening of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."

Saturday's day-long schedule features five films, each with its own discussion. Preceded by an 11 a.m. scavenger hunt, "What's On Your Plate?" - a youthful exploration into a city's food chain - kicks off the second day of the foodie film fest. At 1 p.m., "Community of Gardeners" - an exploration of seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. - will be followed with a discussion of what's happening here by Sacramento garden coordinator Bill Maynard.

Winner of the 2013 New York Food Film Festival, "Meat Hooked!" - about local butchers regaining popularity - will be screened at 3 p.m. March 16. That's followed by "American Harvest" (4:15 p.m.) - a candid look at migrant labor - and "Symphony of the Soil" (6:30 p.m.) with special guest, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia.

Tickets are $55 for both days, $40 for Friday's honey-sushi gala or $25 for all day Saturday. In addition, Saturday's films are available individually at $7.

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Sacramento and the California Food Literacy Center. For a complete schedule and tickets, click on

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