• Chef Panel Moderated by Jessie Duffy

  • Author & critic Anne DesBrisay, chef Caroline Murphy, chef Patricia Larkin, chef Anna March, chef Lauren Power

  • Audience Reception

  • Happy Cinema Goers

  • Menu

  • Sweet Treat

Everyone’s a Winner

The Wakefield Doc Fest’s highly sophisticated calculating and tabulating machinery has been working overtime, and the results are in… while all four of the films in our BON APPÉTIT! weekend showed well at the polls, it was THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION that finally won the day! This wonderful and humane film from Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus tracks seven women chefs in New York, Paris, Toronto and London, revealing their difficulties and successes in a predominantly male world – there might just be a less brutal and combative kitchen culture emerging as a result. It’s still on the festival circuit, so if you weren’t able to see it at BON APPÉTIT!, watch for it in the months ahead at local theatres.

The director of the BON APPÉTIT! Best of Fest film, Maya Gallus, will receive a cash prize generously provided by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation. Roslyn and the Leacross Foundation provide the prizes for both the main Wakefield Doc Fest festival in February and the themed Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, in this case, BON APPÉTIT!

Those that were lucky enough to attend the screening on Saturday evening, the 13th of October, were also fortunate to enjoy a panel discussion with four accomplished women chefs from the region: Anna March; Lauren Power; Caroline Murphy and Patricia Larkin. Noted restaurant critic, author and culinary judge Anne DesBrisay also joined us – and the whole discussion was moderated by Jessie Duffy from Edible Ottawa. A fascinating discussion, followed by a terrific reception with delectable finger food, prepared by our own Cordon Bleu chef, Alison Scott, assisted by Lynn Barwin and Rosanda Bellar-Spruyt.

We also drew the names of the winners of our prizes from the ballots submitted, including the fortunate two who won gift bags from our esteemed local chocolatier, La Confiserie: Peter Schulz and Lucie St. Martin. We also drew two names for Weekend Passes to our 10 th Annual (!!) Wakefield Doc Fest, coming in February 2019: Louise De La Gorgondière and Barb Lougheed.

Bon Appétit!

Four tasty films about about our relationship to food – growing it, preparing it and eating it.

That’s our theme for the 2018 Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend 2018, Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th! And these four films ought to satisfy your cravings for topical, entertaining and informative fare. This is the third annual themed ‘mini-fest,’ a separate fest, of course, from the main festival that happens in February. And it all takes place at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in beautiful downtown Wakefield, Québec.

Come spend a thought-provoking weekend viewing a selection of the best current feature-length documentary film – with some delicious extras.

Here are the films and screening times.

Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend: Oct 12 – 14

Coming up quickly in the Theatre Wakefield calendar is the third annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, a special program of the Wakefield Doc Fest that runs in the fall. It takes a different approach than the main festival by using a particular theme to link four films shown over the weekend. This year’s fest takes place October 12th through the 14th at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in beautiful downtown Wakefield.

Like the main festival in February, Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend screens a curated selection of the very best in current national and international documentary films, and seeks to provide the audience with unique opportunities to explore the films’ themes through experiential enhancements such as filmmaker visits, panel discussions, expert and academic presentations and the like.

So mark your calendars now – October 12 – 14, 2018 – and prepare to spend a thought-provoking weekend viewing a selection of the best current feature-length documentary film… and watch for word of this year’s theme and lineup!

  • The Wakefield Mill
  • Desjardins- Caisse des Collines-de-l'Outaouais
  • Brunet
  • Genevieve Parent
  • Groupe Santé Dentaire
  • General Store
  • Tourisme Outaouais
  • La Pêche Fier Partenaire
  • Leacross Foundation