By Katie Hards

George Motz at the New York Food Film Festival

Photo by Katie Hards

What happens when you combine food- and film-hungry New Yorkers, 20,000 South Carolina oysters, live music, and the Brooklyn Fire Department? You get the closing night party for the New York City Food Film Festival.

Photo by Katie Hards

The annual festival lasts for 5 days and showcases a range of short food films by talented veteran and emerging filmmakers. Organized and hosted by Travel Channel’s own George Motz, this year’s event left attendees satiated with over 40 food films, each paired with some tasty bites and raucous parties.

Photo by Elizabeth Fraser

Through the films, attendees were transported from Brooklyn to Japan, Australia, and even Scotland’s Isle of Islay, getting to eat (or drink) what they were watching, while they were watching. At the final screening, films featured the case of a missing pickle sign in Mickle’s Pickle, the musical inspiration behind a dish in Tic Tac Toe Chicken, one Southern family’s boiled peanut company in Hot Wet Goobers , the legacy of a dessert in Mama Sugar’s Sweet Potato Cobbler and the laborious efforts of oystering in South Carolina in George’s own film The Mud and the Blood. A rooftop after party replete with a New York City skyline view, a Low Country oyster roast and the musical stylings of M. Shanghai combined for the perfect close to the festival. The smoke from the roasting oysters even brought in some extra guests from the local fire brigade!

Photo by Katie Hards

If you’re in the Chicago area and are hungry for food on film, don’t miss the upcoming Chicago Food Film Festival happening November 15-17th. And stay tuned for more information about the first annual Charleston Food Film Festival in 2013.

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Allee SangioloA Boston native and Washington, DC, resident, Allee has been growing her bucket list since she began working as an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com. When not playing with her Frenchie...

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