The headline sponsor for a festival celebrating film and locally sourced food and drink has been announced.
The second Film Feast Suffolk, which is set to be bigger and better than ever this year, will be held from October 4 – 7 with events taking place in 16 venues across Suffolk.
It has now been revealed that East of England Co-op has signed up to be the headline sponsor for the festival which will showcase films, documentaries and short films from around the world, all about food and drink.
Neil McGlone, Film Feast Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to have the East of England Co-op on board for our second festival.
“The festival places particular importance on locally sourced food with meals from the feature films being recreated using local produce and served in local independent restaurants and cafes.
“We are no longer a small Woodbridge festival this year. The festival is much bigger in scale and will take in 16 venues across our wonderful county.
“And not only that, we are holding taster events for Film Feast Norfolk and Film Feast Essex in preparation for full festivals in 2020.”
The following independent cinemas, cafes and restaurants will host events for Film Feast Suffolk this year:
The Riverside Theatre and Restaurant, Woodbridge
The Galley Restaurant, Woodbridge
The Tea Hut, Woodbridge
Honey + Harvey, Woodbridge
Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead
Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh
Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe
The Cut, Halesworth
Freston Boot, Freston, Ipswich
Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds
Ipswich Film Theatre
Stowmarket Regal Cinema
Kesgrave High School
Oli Watts, Head of Communications and Community at the, East of England Co-op, said: “Our sponsorship of Film Feast Suffolk highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting local food and drink producers, as well as our local communities.
“We are particularly pleased that we can announce our sponsorship of this fantastic festival during Sourced Locally Fortnight (June 1-15), our annual campaign to shine a spotlight on delicious local produce from across the region.”
A taster event for Film Feast Suffolk will be held on Friday June 14, with a screening of the cult classic The Blues Brothers at The Riverside in Woodbridge. It will be preceded with Soul Food, from the southern US states, served outside the cinema or as specially prepared three-course dinner inspired by the film. There will also be cocktails made from award-winning Adnams Longshore Vodka, provided by the East of England Co-op, as pre-screen cocktails.
Tickets for the 5.45pm screening, with outside food, are £15. Tickets for the 5.45pm screening with a three-course dinner are limited, so be sure to book early. A further screening at 8pm, without food, is £7 per ticket.
For an additional £12, tickets are also on sale for local band The Biscuit Brothers, who will be performing after the final screening in The Riverside at 10.30pm. Call 01394 382174 to book.
The official opening night of Film Feast Suffolk will be held on Friday October 4, at Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead, with a screening of Back to the Future and a two-course meal based on the film.
Tickets for this opening event will be going on sale very soon via Jimmy’s Farm website: https://jimmysfarm.com/
A full programme of events for Film Feast will be released in the summer with information on how to buy tickets. Visit www.filmfeast.co.uk for more information.