by Ian McNulty
Big changes are underway for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which earlier announced it would move to a new facility on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard next year. Progress toward those plans will be a focal point next week for Hungry in the South, the museum’s annual symposium.
Hungry in the South gathers scholars, restaurant industry professionals, policymakers and the general public for a four-day itinerary at various locations around town, including the museum’s future Central City facility, which is now under renovation. That’s where the museum will host its Hungry in the South SoFAB Gala, which it’s calling a “hard-hat soirée,” on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Seminars during the event take on subjects including the influence of science and technology on food, the impact of social media on food culture and legal topics for the food and restaurant industries, from the rise of food trucks to changes to the federal Farm Bill.
This year’s edition of Hungry in the South also includes a new food-related film festival called Film Feast, with most screenings at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. On Saturday, Film Feast includes an outdoor screening of “Big Night,” the 1996 foodie favorite, at the downtown Rouses Market.
Hungry in the South details are here.