Big changes are underway for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (Riverwalk Marketplace, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, 500-569-0405; www.southernfood.org), 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 this week at Hungry in the South, the museum's annual seminar.
The program gathers scholars, restaurant industry professionals, policymakers and the public for a four-day itinerary at locations around town, including the museum's future Central City facility, which is under renovation. That's where the museum will host its Hungry in the South SoFAB Gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
Seminars during the event address the influence science and technology have on food, social media's impact on food culture and legal topics for the food and restaurant industries, from the rise of food trucks to changes to this year's federal Farm Bill.
2012'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 (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). On Saturday, Film Feast includes an outdoor screening of Big Night, the 1996 foodie favorite, at the downtown Rouses Market (701 Baronne St.).
Hungry in the South wraps on Sunday at the French Market (1008 N. Peters St.) with a cookbook fair, which includes a cookbook swap, book signings and cooking demonstrations. Ticket prices vary by event. For details, visit www.southernfood.org.