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Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival Serves Up Oysters, Craft Beer, Chocolate and Bugs

The Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival featuring documentary films on food and drink is celebrating its fifth year and will be hosted in Nelson, Kaslo and Rossland.

The schedule for 2017 is spread out between November 1 and 12.

The popular event was founded in 2012 by Nelson food journalist Jon Steinman of Deconstructing Dinner.

Launching the Fest on Wednesday (November 1) at Nelson's Civic Theatre is MILK – a Canadian production and selection at HotDocs 2016 that brings a universal focus on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding. A panel discussion will follow.

Friday (November 3), FOOD COOP takes a rare look into the Park Slope Food Co-op - a NYC grocery institution that predates the Kootenay Co-op. The store maintains what is probably the highest sales per sq. foot of any grocery store in America.

Saturday (November 4) features two events including a matinee screening at the Civic of AN ACQUIRED TASTE – the first film of its kind to explore the emergence of young people learning to hunt as a way to better connect with the source of their meat. Panel discussion to follow with Dean Wall, Bob Yetter and Ben Carson. Later that evening is the Festival's annual 2-buck-a-shuck oyster party and locally-sourced dinner featuring live music and documentary films. The feature film for the evening is CRAFT – from BC filmmaker Craig Noble who provides intimate access into the minds of craft brewers in Canada and the USA. Torchlight Brewing and Savoy Brewery will offer up beer samples and Nelson Brewing will be available on tap.

On (Thursday) November 9, treat your taste-buds to insects at a double-bill evening at the Capitol Theatre. BUGS follows a team from Denmark's Nordic Food Lab as they travel the world learning about the importance of insects to many food cultures. Ticketholders will receive an insect snack pack from Entomo Farms and a baked treat that uses cricket powder. The double-bill evening also features a Sundance 2017 selection WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST – a shocking National Geographic investigation into the private interests seeking to control California's scarce water resources.

Then on (Friday) November 10 will be hosted at Expressions Theatre with two screenings of MIGRANT DREAMS – a 2016 HotDocs selection and recipient of the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism. The film follows a group of migrant women farm workers who dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers and Canadian government.

The final day of the Nelson events welcomes the return of a festival favourite featuring chocolate. Two films will be screened including THE CHOCOLATE CASE and EL CACAO and Camino's Tom Hanlon-Wilde will be in attendance to serve up fair-trade bananas and a chocolate fountain. Local chocolate-makers will offer samples including Slocan businesses Belicious and Raw Magic.

Tickets are available to each individual event but this year's Full Fest Pass is only $45 (value $72) and will give people access to all Nelson events except the November 11 evening that requires a separate ticket. Full Fest Passholders will be entered into a draw to win one of a number of gift baskets from festival sponsors.

Local restaurants will also be participating in this year's festival with PITCHFORK offering up a 10% discount to ticket-holders between Nov. 1-11. YUM SON will feature an insect-inspired appetizer between Nov. 3-11. CABIN (Kootenay Bay) will feature an insect dinner on Nov. 5.

ingle events will also be hosted this year in Rossland on November 8 and Kaslo on November 12.  

Check out the Festival Guide for trailers, venues and advance tickets at filmfest.deconstructingdinner.com

Wednesday, Nov 1, 6:30pm (Civic) – MILK and panel discussion Friday, Nov 3, 7 p.m. (Shambhala Performance Hall) – FOOD COOP and a Deconstructing Dinner short Saturday, Nov 4, 3 p.m (Civic) – AN ACQUIRED TASTE and panel discussion Saturday, Nov 4, 6:30 .p.m (Spirit Bar @ The Hume) – CRAFT (& Festival Oyster and Dinner Party) Sunday, Nov 5, 5:30 p.m. – Cabin Restaurant in Kootenay Bay serves up a multi-course dinner inspired by BUGS! Wednesday, Nov 8, 6:30 p.m. (Miners' Hall) – ROSSLAND EVENT feat. BUGS and DECONSTRUCTING DINNER: GARLIC

Thursday, Nov 9, 6:30 p.m. (Capitol) – BUGS Thursday, Nov 9, 8 p.m. (Capitol) – WATER & POWER Friday, Nov 10, 6:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. (Expressions) – MIGRANT DREAMS Saturday, Nov 11, 7 p.m. (The Front Room) – THE CHOCOLATE CASE & EL CACAO plus chocolate treats Sunday, Nov 12, 4 p.m. (The Langham) – KASLO EVENT feat. AN ACQUIRED TASTE and panel discussion /locavore tasting to follow / 7 p.m. – BUGS

Photo Caption: Filmmaker Vanessa Lemaire explores the emergence of young people, fed up with factory farms, learning how to hunt as a way to better connect with the source of their meat. An Acquired Taste screens on Nov. 4 @ the Civic Theatre, 3 p.m.. Panel discussion will follow. — Submitted photo