San Miguel de Allende 2020 Food in Film Festival

San Miguel de Allende 2020 Food in Film Festival
Film 2020 Food in Film Festival

Six movies and three lectures

Fri–Sun, Feb 21–23

Bellas Artes

Hernandez Macías 75

Tickets 300 pesos per movie

50 pesos per lecture

1600 pesos for three-day universal pass

Boleto City, Mercado Sano

E-tickets: boletocity.com

By Lauren Sevrin

Get in on the ground floor to support and welcome Chef Daniel Nates who won the coveted Food and Wine Magazine Award for 2019 Best New Chef. Nates still lives and works in his hometown of Puebla where his restaurant Maizal is located within the atmospheric indoor courtyard of an historic hotel. In collaboration with Chef Manuel Galvan of La Doña Restaurant, a very special dinner is planned for Thursday, February 20, at La Doña. Six courses with wine pairing costs 2,300 pesos. Reserve a table in advance by walk-in or phone 415 688 3131. The dinner also features a fashion show coordinated by Fashion Designer Claudia Bo and Designer-Artist Zoe Siegal.

San Miguel de Allende’s Annual Food in Film Festival is held over three days within the lovely Bellas Artes. Two daily screenings at noon and 5pm are followed by food and drink after each film included in the cost of your ticket. Each food menu of small bites is inspired by the film and prepared by local restaurant sponsors. Additionally, themed food lectures are scheduled between films each day at 3pm.  Ticket costs are: opening event documentary featuring Nates, 300 pesos; single film tickets, 300 pesos; individual lectures, 50 pesos; and a three-day pass package is 1,600 pesos.

On Friday, February 21, Nates opens the festival at noon with his world premiere documentary Cooking Nature and explains his philosophy concerning fusing natural, local indigenous ingredients with modern creative menus. Scheduled at 3pm are Natalia Lopez Mota from Garambullo Wines and Chef Esmeralda Brinn of Querencia Restaurant who will speak about organic wines. The second film of the day at 5pm is A Walk in the Clouds directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Arau, who also made Like Water for Chocolate. Food and wine sponsors are Marsala Restaurant, Cuna de Tierra, and @Home in San Miguel.

The second day of the Food in Film Festival, Saturday, February 22, features two films. A James Beard documentary at noon, and the French comedy Haute Cuisine at 5pm. Scheduled for 3pm is a presentation by Lune de Miel and Ireti Arias, a third-generation San Miguel beekeeper. The final day, Sunday, February 23, features two films at noon and 5pm, and a 3pm lecture. The lecture presented by local restaurant owner Brinn of Querencia explores her beliefs that different cultures and kitchens gather people around the fire, and the importance of eating real food. The first film at noon is an award-winning documentary Modified, which investigates why GMOs are not labeled in the US. Wrapping-up the festival is the last film shown at 5pm, The Cakemaker, a German-Israeli award-winning film. Food and wine sponsors are Panio and Berlin Restaurant and B