WOLFVILLE, NS - At a time of year when the need is great, three Kings County food banks received a significant boost thanks to The Great Devour! Chicken Dinner and the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia.
Devour! The Food Film Fest executive director Michael Howell said the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia donated $5,000 worth of chicken and $5,000 in cash to help put on The Great Devour! Chicken Dinner at Troy Restaurant in Wolfville on Oct. 29. Chefs Craig Flinn of Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax, Paul Rogalski of Rouge Restaurant in Calgary and Joe Martin of Bar Stillwell in Halifax prepared the feast.
More than 600 people were treated to a roast chicken dinner. Admission was a pre-issued food bank ticket or a donation of food or cash in support of food banks.
The event raised $3,000 in cash and brought in approximately $3,000 in food donations. The Fundy Food Bank, Canning and Area Food Bank and the Wolfville Area Food Bank all had volunteers working at the dinner.
Along with Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell, representatives of Devour! and the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia gathered recently at the Wolfville Food Bank to present $1,000 to each of the three food banks.
Festival organizers plan to continue supporting food banks in the future. They aim to make the roast chicken dinner prepared by celebrity chefs from coast to coast and a volunteer appreciation party an annual event held on the last day of the film festival.