The Tasty NYC Food Film Festival

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Watch as different ice creams melt and solidify, melt and solidify. Kind of soothing actually.  “The Death & Life of Ice Cream,” is just one of the many free films about food that will be shown at the second annual [NYC Food Film Festival] held at the Water Taxi Beach in Queens.  Not only does the festival show food, but also they are selling food to go with the films.  Already they have served cheesesteak and a delicious grilled currywurst to eager foodies despite the pouring rain on Saturday and Monday.

Festival organizer George Motz said all the films shown were picked to celebrate food, not make you feel guilty about eating it.  “This isn’t the Bodies exhibit,” he said over his namesake, the Motz burger.  “We want you to eat!”

Tonight brings you New York pizza (and is the only day when the films will be shown in Grimaldi’s parking lot, 19 Old Fulton St. at Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn) and Motz’s newest film, "Brooklyn Pizza." I am personally stoked for Wednesday’s “The Mighty Humble Blueberry,” which follows the history of the cultivation of the blueberry. Along with a special blueberry cocktail, the food for the evening will be paired with “La Raccolta (The Harvest)” and “A Love Supreme” by serving olives and samosas, respectably.  Chow on some barbeque while learning about it in “Holy Smoke Over Birmingham” on Thursday or just go to watch an animated short about making a cake or a film all about cheese. 

Finally, the Friday June 20 features Chef Hawk, the creator of the award winning and oh-so-succulent Motz burger, and vegan Chef Matteo for a night of local and vegan food. The feature film of the night is Craig Noble’s Tableland,” about sustainable farming and cooking.

If just reading about the festival made you hungry, I guarantee a night of short films about food will leave you ravenous, though by the end of Monday’s run I more or less waddled back to the subway. Most of the films are only a couple minutes long but some, like “Tableland” and “The Mighty Humble Blueberry” can last much longer, giving you more time to eat and drink. 

Check out a complete schedule on [their website].  All food starts at 7 unless otherwise noted and the films begin at 8:30, rain or shine. 

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