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FFF 2013 really was bigger, better and tastier

The highly successful third edition of the Food Film Festival is sadly over for another year. Despite freezing temperatures, it was a weekend filled with incredibly warm people, fantastic films, inspiring speakers and lots of good food.

After three packed days, the event that the Food Film Festival team had worked towards for months was suddenly over. Following the keynote speech by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, Studio/K was cleared, the last remnants of pâté were eaten and the remaining beers consumed.

Our promise to be bigger, better and tastier this year was more than fulfilled. The kitchen crew, which worked almost round the clock, prepared a fantastic menu, squeezed in a lunch in collaboration with Oud Sluis restaurant and served breakfast each morning (which on Sunday included freshly made Bloody Marys). The food trucks also did a brisk trade, despite the biting wind that whistled across Timorplein. Kriterion, this year’s additional screening location, was also well attended: all the films were sold out and the vegetarian lunch menu went down a storm.

The Great GMO Debate was an important highlight. Continued discussion on this complex issue is necessary and here too we passed with flying colours. The thought-provoking documentaries and talkshows also inspired many visitors. Reconnecting people with food and food producers is one of our main aims and each year we get a step closer to achieving that.

Improving the world through food goes hand in hand with the pleasure of cooking and eating. During the almost back-to-back culinary workshops, visitors prepared everything from Korean to American dishes and from bloody sausages to vegetables from Westland. Johannes van Dam reviewed our restaurant live and gave it a high 9-, author Carolyn Steel cycled through Amsterdam with us and we all partied hard into the early hours.

After a short break to catch our breath and celebrate our success, it will be time to start thinking about the Food Film Festival 2014! We would like to say a huge thank-you to all our volunteers who worked extremely hard, sometimes for hours on end in the freezing cold. It is gratifying to know that so many people are willing to give their time so selflessly.

Thanks also to our partners who once again enabled us to organise this festival, not to mention all the producers, large and small, who provided us with products or services, from cooking equipment to video recorders and from fresh vegetables to fresh fish: you are awesome and we couldn't have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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