The 2016 Flatirons Food Film Festival will hold six events, which are designed to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of festival films. Following is a listing of the events.

Friday, October 21

Chefs Night at eTown Hall: A Celebration of Munchies Films

6 to 7:30pm, VIP party
7:30 to 9pm, Short films from Munchies, the VICE Media Food Channel
1535 Spruce St, Boulder
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Speakers: Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth, Chad Pettrone of Northeast Seafood Products, Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market, and Theo Adley, formerly of Rino Yacht Club

MUNCHIES is a website and digital video channel from VICE dedicated to food and its global purpose that was launched in 2014. Like the Flatirons Food Film Festival, it chronicles the wide spectrum of the global culinary experience and the diverse voices that are pulling us forward. Through engaging original video content and other types of content, MUNCHIES offers a signature perspective on the intersection where humans and food connect.

We at the festival have an affinity for the work of MUNCHIES. Last year, we screened their film about Chef Andy Ricker. This year, we are celebrating their work by presenting an entire evening devoted to MUNCHIES content.

We’re kicking off the celebration by throwing a party with food and drink inspired by the short films that we will be presenting.

Then, we’re rolling with short films about Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese; a gourmet weed dinner at Hunter S. Thompson’s house; Bar High Five, a Tokyo cocktail bar that many consider to be the best in Asia; and the oysters of Hog Island Oyster Company.

Saturday, October 22

Children’s programs

Children’s Tour of the Boulder Farmers Market
9:30 to 10am for ages 4-8; 10 to 10:30am for ages 9-12
Tickets: Free but registration required
Boulder Farmers Market (13th St, Boulder)

For each tour, there will be age-appropriate story-telling, local food education from a farmer, and a scavenger hunt. Each tour will start at the information booth of the Boulder Farmers Market.

10:45 to 11:45am, Food Films for Kids
Tickets: Free but registration required
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder)

The festival’s first children’s film program combines kid-friendly food short films with fun presentations. Tim Brod from Highland Honeybees will create a buzz with fun bee facts and Dan Hayward of Savory Spice Shop will share his spice wisdom. The program concludes with a snack and a visit from our goat friends from Mountain Flower Goat Dairy. Aimed at children ages five through twelve.

An Evening with Jonathan Gold

7:15 to 9:30pm, With City of Gold screening
Buy Tickets $10 (senior/student pricing $9)
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library

Our evening with Jonathan Gold consists of an appearance by Pulitizer Award-winning food critic Jonathan Gold of the LA Times along with a screening of City of Gold, a documentary about him. We will also screen a short film, Food from Home: Andrew Gooi, before the feature film. Gold will introduce City of Gold and speak after the screening.

Post-City of Gold After Party at Bramble and Hare

10pm to 1:30am
Buy Tickets $5
Bramble and Hare, 1970 13th Street, Boulder

Join us for late-night merriment after our screening of City of Gold.

There will be a cover charge of $5 for every party goer. Bramble and Hare’s complimentary interpretation of a munchie (small-plate or appetizer named in honor of our Friday night of Munchies short films) will be available to every partygoer. All patrons will be responsible for their own food and drink.

Sunday, October 23

Wasted Sunday

Consider taking zTrip’s free shuttle between CU-Boulder and downtown Boulder when attending the Wasted Sunday event. For more information, see Venues, Parking, and Transportation.

Overall program: Noon to 4:30pm
Buy tickets $18
Muenzinger Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, approximately one-third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. Our Wasted Sunday afternoon program dives deep into this subject with two documentaries addressing food waste in Italy and North America, speakers, and snacks and other comestibles made from wasted food.

Noon to 1:45pm, Just Eat It screening
Buy tickets (film only) $10 (senior/student pricing $9)
Speaker: Phillip Taylor of Mad Agriculture

Just Eat It combines a personal story with the greater context of North American food waste in which billions of dollars of good food is tossed each year. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. They pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that has been discarded. In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.

This documentary brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Intermission: Wasted food snacks

2 to 4:30pm Theater of Life screening
Buy tickets (film only)$10 (senior/student pricing $9)
Speaker: Peter Svatek, director of the film
Followed by a panel discussion

Theater of Life is about the Refettorio Ambrosiano, an extraordinary soup kitchen conceived by renowned chef Massimo Bottura during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair. Massimo invited 60 of the world’s best chefs to join him to cook for refugees and the homeless of Milan. All meals were made from the waste food of Expo.

Said director Peter Svatek, “What is home for a homeless person or a political refugee? Massimo says chefs can no longer cook for just the elite ignoring the ethical issues about feeding the planet. These are the questions the film tackles. The Refettorio became a home. It was fascinating and beautiful to see how these great chefs transformed waste food into delicious meals.”

Monday, October 24

Taste the Wild: Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Dinner

6 to 9pm
$45 with optional wine pairings
Reservations: Call Basta at (303) 997-8775, or reserve online at
Basta (3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder)

Bristol Bay is a vast and pristine watershed in Alaska, and home to heritage wild salmon runs. Bristol Bay sockeye salmon are wildly abundant, and come from the greatest salmon run on earth. Join us for Taste the Wild, an intimate multi-course family-style dinner to celebrate and savor the wild flavors of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.
Chefs Joshua Pollack of Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessan, Kelly Whitaker of Basta, and Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana will each prepare special sockeye courses. Two short films about sustainable seafood will also screen. This dinner is also sponsored by Chefs Collaborative and the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.