By Betsy Thorpe
THE RISE OF SOUTHERN CHEESES
On July 7th, two films, “Saving Seeds” and “The Rise Of Southern Cheeses” will show at the Warner Nature Centers free Good Food Film Festival. “Saving Seeds” offers a portrait of Bill Best, an heirloom bean and tomato farmer in Berea, Kentucky. The film was a Golden Snail Award finalist. “The Rise of Southern Cheeses” takes a look at artisinal cheese producers in the South. It chronicles three makers of fine Southern cheeses: Belle Chevre in Alabama, Sweet Grass Dairy in Georgia and the Bonnie Blue Farm in Tennessee. Renowned Nashville historian and author, John Edgerton will speak to the audience following the showing of “The Rise Of Southern Cheeses.” Edgerton is the author of several Southern food cookbooks.
The free Good Food Film festival was founded by Nashville chef Martha Stamps, her husband Shayne Wingo and local farmer and crusader for food justice Sean Siple. They selected the films to inform the community of the serious local and global problems created by the current food system and to enlighten the public on various available solutions and to promote the production and consumption of locally grown agriculture.
The free Good Food Film Festival will take place at the Warner Parks Nature Center every Tuesday in July at 6:30 pm. For more information on the Good Food Film Festival call the Nature Center at 615 352-6299.