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As the world gets smaller and smaller, we tend to forget about the power of gathering like minds in one place. Here at Film Festival Traveler we embrace the idea of the festival as a communicative and all-encompassing experience. Whether it’s an art-house theater showing Pasolini films or an international music summit, festivals bring together great artistic minds and let the public join in the experience. But putting together a film fest or a huge multi-act concert is not the easiest task, so to help learn how to better manage these experiences are the International Film Festival Summit and the International Music Festival Conference. Both are happening December 8 – 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Austin.
IMFCON includes panel discussions on how to better improve safety at concerts, keynotes by the President of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music at Live Nation, Arthur Fogel and boxing manager Shelly Finkel, a at in-house ticketing vs. giant ticket companies, how to book talent, the difference between managing a festival versus a tour, and much more.
The IFFS investigates how to utilize digital distribution for film, how the acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival selects its programming, a conversation with acclaimed writer John Sayles and Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Special Initiatives for the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, Barbara Boyle, and how to effectively utilize sponsors.
Both events are must-sees for anyone looking to break into the festival industry and provide valuable expertise.
To learn more, go to: http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com/ or http://www.imfcon.com/
The International Film Festival Summit & The International Music Festival Conference
December 8 – 10, 2013
Hyatt Regency Austin208 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, Texas 78704
Here are some pictures from IMFCON and IFFS 2012
Arriving at Taste of the Nation NYC 2017, I was elated to find Walters Hotdogs of Mamaroneck serving from there truck at the entrance. The venerable art deco pagoda was a regular culinary destination of my misspent youth in Westchester.While waiting for my dog, I chatted with Danny Meyer, honorary chair of the benefit for the worthy No Kids Hungry charity. The restaurateur was pleased with the turnout and told me that he was awaiting upcoming reviews of his newly relocated flagship Union Square Cafe.Inside the multi level space, I feasted on offerings from more than 50 purveyors of food and drink. Standout dishes included a delicious gnochetti with rabbit ragout from Freek's Mill and and a toothsome "eggs and ham" deviled eggs with prosciutto di Parma from restaurant Pig Bleeker.Upstairs there was a casino, where the restaurant from the Empire Casino served buttery lobster ravioli and prime beef sliders.Desserts included amazing strawberry and cream donuts from Underwest Donuts. Nobody left this splendid event hungry.
Food Loves Tech — taking place from June 11-12, 2016, at The Waterfront (241 11th Ave at 27th St) — offers the chance to see, smell, touch and taste the technologies that are transforming our food culture. From farm drones and smart ovens to cultured meat and hyper-personalized coffee blends, attendees get to stroll through the food chain oftomorrow, while tasting and sipping from Edible‘s signature roster of local food and drink makers. Launched by the Edible Magazine family — with editions for Brooklyn, East End, Long Island, and Manhattan — embrace the future of flavor.
Enter a portal into the future, when food tech innovators, start-ups and thought leaders join with food aficionados and enthusiasts alike at the intersection of food and technology.
Discover the latest tech shaping our food via interactive installations, conversations and other immersive food experiences, both high tech and low — from 3-D printing and virtual reality to DIY food crafting and alt agriculture.
Partners and participants in this the food tech spectacular are listed here:
Featured chefs include José Andrés and Marcus Samuelsson and the Food Team at Google's #makefuturefood competition will be participating as well.
There will be a Food Tech Bazaar with Califia Farms, Eboost, Lavit, Le Fusion and Make My Cake.
Interactive dinner tickets are still available. Day-time tickets start at $35 (use code EDIBLEFLT), with discounts for buying a pair or a foursome. So bring a few friends and join the Edible team at this three-day event.
For more info go to: http://foodlovestech.com/
Food Loves TechJune 11–12, 2016
The Waterfront241 11th Ave (at 27th St), NYC
Over 10,000 people traveled to the largest island of The Bahamas recently for the much anticipated Land Crab Fest. Bahamians from all across the archipelago and visitors from China, Greece, Belgium, England and the United States called on Central Andros for what officials say is the most exciting culinary experience in The Bahamas and perhaps the entire Caribbean.
Over 17 years ago, the Central Andros community looked for an economic boost. Through their efforts, the local government partnered with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to create this cultural-heritage festival. The event started with two to three vendors serving a few crab dishes to what has now become the largest cultural-heritage festival of The Bahamas.
Crab catchers, the best chefs and various vendors from North, South and Central Andros (including other islands of The Bahamas) entice festival attendees to taste their delectable crab creations that make up a huge assortment of unique dishes including:
There were 12 hours of non-stop Bahamian music, including Elon Moxey as the Androsian headliner.
Other Bahamian performers included:
The crowd danced the night away to sweet sounds of rake n’ scrape and Junkanoo music from the Valley Boys Junkanoo Showtime Group as well.
Other events held during the fest also included:
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