Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jewel Bay Presents --- the First Annual Food Lovers' Film Festival

By Erin Murphy, from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

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I can’t believe I let Christine talk me into working on yet another festival. Like Jewel Bay needs another festival. We’ve got the Jewel Bay Summer Art and Food Festival, created thirty-five years ago by my mother and old Ned Redaway—though he wasn’t so old back then. Thousands of people stroll through the Village over a long weekend, checking out the food, art, and craft vendors who set up their tents in the middle of the street. They visit the shops and restaurants, too, and leave oodles of money behind.

The Jazz Festival and workshop is always a lively week. And there’s Whitewater, when the kayakers takes advantage of the Class III and IV rapids on the Jewel River. I admit, there was a time when the crowd left a few too many beer cans in the bushes and the organizers had to get serious about cleaning up their act, but they succeeded, and the festival is now solidly established.

Our newest event is the Festa di Pasta, to kick off summer. My creation, and I was ready to call it a one-off after—well, I’ll spare you the gory details, but when a group of Village merchants asked me to spearhead a second Festa, I did agree. Sunshine, wine, and great food in a great town—what’s not to love?

And we’ve got the the annual Fourth of July Parade, the Cherry Festival, the Taste of Jewel Bay, the Sidewalk Chalk party, and at the holidays, Decorating Day and the Christmas Parade and Art Walk.
So why did we need a Food Lovers’ Film Festival in mid February? To bring a little color and light to a village mired in the deep midwinter. Let other towns break the monotony of February with hearts and flowers. But a town that calls itself the Food Lovers’ Village and boasts first-class summer stock plus a vibrant community theater? Food and film, a natural combination.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. She is the only author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction—the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, for DEATH AL DENTE—and nonfiction—the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: HOW TO WRITE ACCURATELY ABOUT CRIMINAL LAW & COURTROOM PROCEDURE.

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7 comments:

  1. Your festivals sound amazing! I bet everyone has a great time. And the Food Lovers’ Film Festival sounds like fun.

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    1. Killer, don't you think? Grab some popcorn and join the fun!

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  2. "What could possibly go wrong", famous last words. I definitely have to read this one when it hits the shelves.

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    1. Thanks, Nora! July 7 -- sooner than you think!

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  3. I am going to have to get this series.

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    1. Elaine, I hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoyed ASSAULT & PEPPER!

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  4. I've Assault & Pepper in my TBR pile. Hope to get to it soon. Congratulations Leslie on this new release!

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