The first Charleston Food Film Festival is slated for May 10 and 11 at the GrowFood Carolina warehouse, 990 Morrison Drive.

More than 15 food films will be shown, and guests will get to taste what they see on the screen. The festival, which also will return to New York for its seventh year and Chicago for its fourth year this fall, will present a “Best of” exhibition of favorite food films from around the globe.

Included is the world premiere of a film about Lowcountry shrimping from festival director and Travel Channel host George Motz, whose family hails from Charleston.

“I’ve spent much of my life having great food experiences with my mother’s family in the Charleston area. It’s a dream come true to bring the Food Film Festival to Charleston,” Motz said in a statement.

The first night is devoted to international cooking; the second night shines the spotlight on foods from the South, with screenings of Southern shorts followed by a Lowcountry shrimp boil. Dishes from Charleston’s own Wildflour Pastry, Hominy Grill, The Grocery and other restaurants will be served alongside beer and wine.

“Our support of local growers, chefs and restaurants, and the Food Film Festival’s celebration of food and where it comes from, make for the perfect collaboration,” GrowFood General Manager Sara Clow said.

GrowFood provides aggregation services, marketing and distribution for local farmers.

Festival tickets, pricing details, a full schedule and more information are available at

In 2013, the Food Film Festival will take place in three cities: Charleston (May 10-11), New York City (Oct. 23-27) and Chicago (Nov. 21-23).