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Don't miss Florida Film Festival's 'Locally Fresh' films 

A high point of the Florida Film Festival each year is their Locally Fresh program, which blends cinema and cuisine in unexpected ways. Every festival features a handful of short films about local food purveyors made by local filmmakers – and the screening of said films won't leave viewers' mouths watering in vain, as the mini-documentaries are accompanied with chef demos and tastings.

This year's Locally Fresh films focus in on Ten10 Brewery, the Dinner Party Project and Hebni Nutrition's Fresh Stop Bus. Ten10 is brewing a special Florida Film Festival Brew this year, to be sipped while watching a film about their story and brewing process. In February, the Enzian served as both location and guest chef for the ever-roving Dinner Party Project, an Orlando favorite; as a short film explaining the DPP's overall mission and successes is screened, viewers will be able to learn more about that menu from the Enzian's chef. The third film features the Fresh Stop Bus, a farmers market on wheels that combats local food deserts, and Hebni Nutrition, which provides free, culturally relevant cooking classes in English, Spanish and Kreyol in an effort to prevent diet-related diseases in at-risk communities.

After the 90-minute program of watching films, seeing food prepared and getting to taste it is over, viewers/eaters can tumble out onto the Enzian lawn, where a Locally Fresh farmers market is in full swing from noon to 2 p.m., including all three food organizations and many more local purveyors. – Jessica Bryce Young

Locally Fresh! Scrumptious Cinema runs 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $12. Locally Fresh! Farmers Market is noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, on the Eden Bar lawn (same address); admission is free.

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