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General · 12th March 2014
Francesca Gesualdi
Watch, Share, Grow – and Eat

What happens when you combine great documentary films, inspiring speakers, and demonstrations with a local food focus? You get a delicious taste of positive community development in action.
Local food culture – including the food security of communities that want to produce and consume healthy food – is quickly becoming the hottest topic in social development in the Comox Valley.

On Sunday March 23, from 10am -2pm at Lake Trail School in Courtenay, the Festival of Food Films will bring together Comox Valley folks to connect with other community members who share interests and concerns. Admission is by donation. Lunch will be available for purchase from LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

The inaugural Festival of Food Films is a brand new World Community project which will screen eight top-rate food themed documentaries in partnership with LUSH Valley Food Action Society, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers, and Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections.

The headline feature film More than Honey is a “Best of Fest” screening from the World Community Film Festival. A variety of short films will be highlighted as well, with each screening followed by a brief presentation and discussion by members of the local food community.

“We chose More Than Honey as our feature partly because there is such a vibrant community of beekeepers in the Valley, and also because of the depth of concern there is about threats to survival of honey bees,” said Wayne Bradley, festival curator. “We expect the other films to be just as challenging and inspiring.”

Just as gardens need careful nurturing, a successful local food system requires input and tending from the whole community. Whatever your interests, from the sanctity of seed, getting started in farming or the importance of community support for local agriculture, the Festival of Food Films promises to deliver a feast for the eyes, mind, heart and appetite.

Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, take down and welcoming and directing guests. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farm at

Lake Trail School is located at 805 Willemar Ave. in Courtenay. For more information, look for the
Festival of Food Films on Facebook events, contact (250) 337-5412, or visit

For full film schedule see


Thanks, Francesca