Watch Eat Drink: The Food Film Festival South Walton Apr 8-10

April 4, 2016 by SoWal Staff

SoWal food and beach lovers are thrilled to welcome The Food Film Festival to South Walton, Florida this weekend! The three-day festival is known for being the only film festival in the world where visitors can eat the food they see on the screen while sitting in their theater chairs. Get ready to watch, eat and drink your way through our first Food Film Festival South Walton FL April 8-10, 2016. Tickets are available at

For the festival’s entry to Florida, The Local Palate magazine is bringing favorite Southern personalities to South Walton for a weekend filled with award-winning films, fine food from celebrity chefs, and customized cocktails. 

The first night of the Food Film Festival in South Walton features a VIP and welcome party with A Taste of What’s to Come at Caliza in Alys Beach. Saturday’s events include A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience at The Hub, plus By Land or By Sea exclusive screenings of a dozen short films accompanied by dishes and cocktails based on the films. The weekend wraps up with An American Institution: A Sunday Brunch at Bud and Alley's in Seaside. 

The Food Film Festival South Walton kicks off at Caliza

Coming to Florida for the first time, the Food Film Festival is happening right here in some of your favorite beach towns and venues April 8-10. It's almost here so get ready to watch, eat and drink! Tickets available for VIP all access pass or tickets by the day/event.  Here is the schedule of events.

Friday, April 8
A Taste of What's to Come
Caliza Restaurant at Alys Beach | 6:30-10:30pm
Kick off the weekend with artful films and food. Then rub elbows with the celebrity chefs and filmmakers who made it all possible. Commentary by festival director George Motz. 
Saturday, April 9
Roadtrip, A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience
The Hub at WaterSound Beach | 11am til 2pm
Experience the South in a matter of minutes from BBQ and biscuits to fried green tomatoes and banana pudding. Sip craft beers and local spirits as you embark on your culinary expedition. Family friendly event does not include films.
Saturday, April 9
By Land or By Sea | Feature Film Night
The Hub at WaterSound Beach | 6:30pm til...
Sit back, relax, and enjoy an evening under the stars while viewing award-winning food documentaries and tasting what you see on the screen. These films take viewers on a journey through the culinary world. Feature film event. Stick around for the After Party.           

Sunday, April 10
An American Institution—It's Grits!
Bud and Alley's at Seaside | 11am til 3pm
The festival will conclude with Sunday brunch celebrating the film It's Grits! as our best chefs prepare a one-of-a-kind southern brunch for you to savor as you enjoy the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.


The festival showcases food-inspired film with dishes whipped up by visiting chefs joined by several South Walton chefs we know and love. Food lovers will be treated to dishes prepared by at least 21 participating chefs. Local chefs Jim Richard (Trebeache/Stinky's Fish Camp), Jim Shirley (Great Southern Cafe), Kevin Korman (Caliza), Phil McDonald (Pizza Bar), Camille Witthal (George's) and more local experts will be joining our guest chefs throughout the weekend of food + film.

The Hub is the perfect setting for film + food in South Walton


Joe Spector, Publisher & CEO of The Local Palate magazine, is excited to partner with The Food Film Festival™ on this event, “We couldn’t be more excited to host Food Film Festival South Walton. This area of Florida is the perfect backdrop for tasting flavors of the South while watching award-winning films.”

A portion of the Food Film Festival South Walton proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and Food For Thought Outreach. For more information, VIP all access, tickets by the event, and volunteer registration please visit
Born in Brooklyn in 2007, The Food Film Festival™ sprang from the imagination of festival director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk. The festival screens exceptional films that showcase the world’s favorite foods and the people, traditions, and inspirations behind them.

At every festival event, guests are treated to multiple mouth-watering food films, and then served the featured food for a multi-sensory, full- body experience, right in their seat. The Food Film Festival™ is currently showcased 
in New York, Chicago and Charleston.

Sign up for the Food Film Festival mailing list to be the first to receive details about the chefs and films featured at the festival. Watch it. Eat it. And party with the food and film makers in South Walton April 8-10, 2016!

Sunday Brunch film + food by the Gulf of Mexico at Bud and Alley's in Seaside



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