The second Eatable Film Festival started October 22, 2016, and runs until October 25, 2016 at The Royal Cinema on College Street. The festival aims to pair up Toronto’s love of food, film, and culture, giving guests an opportunity to watch some hidden gems of the cinema world while enjoying delicious treats from notable local restaurants. This year’s lineup includes the films Big Night, Need for Meat, and Portrait of a Garden. These films will be paired up with eats and drinks from Pizzeria Libretto, Enoteca Sociale, Beast, Canoe, Amsterdam Brewing Co, and more!
The festival opened with an afternoon screening of Jeremy Kohm’s Concrete and Chocolate short, followed by Jim Jarmusch’s black and white movie, Coffee and Cigarettes. Festival guests were treated to a classic lunch box by Blackbird Baking Co., with a side of Mighty Fine Brine pickle, Chocolates X Brandon Olsen, a selection of Great Lakes beers, and warm cups of my favourite coffee ever: Sam James Coffee Bar. If you aren’t familiar with Sam James coffee, please check out one of their numerous hidden gem coffee bars. Great coffee, made by a great team, no frills, and a true Toronto company.
The sandwich itself consisted of Sanagan’s smoked ham, provolone, ruby sauerkraut (from Mighty Fine Brine), grainy mustard, and Iceberg lettuce on a Blackbird baguette. The bread itself was delicious with great crust on the outside, and although I enjoyed the sandwich as a whole, I would have preferred more of the grainy mustard to add a nice punch. I must say that the pickle had really great flavour though! Dina of Mighty Fine Brine mentioned that there was a special selection currently available at Sanagan’s, so I’m going to run over and check that flavour out.
The lunch box also included two chocolates by Brandon Olsen that were inspired by the movie, Coffee and Cigarettes: Tobacco Infused Bourbon, with black and white detailing. The chocolates have a great creaminess to them, with much more obvious bourbon notes than tobacco. Overall they had really great texture, flavour, and are quite beautiful in their simplicity.
The Eatable Film Festival isn’t on very long! So, if you’re a movie lover, can’t decide where to have dinner, and up for giving your tastebuds an adventure, I would recommend checking out their lineup. Tickets, pairing, and details are available at Eatable Film Festival . Enjoy!