The Traverse City Film Festival is exciting enough for some that food can be an after-thought.
Thankfully, the festival, in partnership with local food businesses, can satisfy those ticket-line or in-between-shows cravings.
“We have all the pop and candy and popcorn that you’d expect from a film festival because we want to provide a theater experience,” said Steve Adcock, concessions manager for the festival. “But many people are going from film to film to film, and we do want to provide options other than soda and candy.”
That’s where the festival’s sandwich program comes in. The concessions team works with several local restaurants to create six different sandwiches specifically for the event.
“We work really hard to find theater-friendly sandwiches that are very tasty,” Adcock said, “but we also strive to make them practical for somebody on the go. All of the sandwiches are self-contained in eco-friendly packages that don’t make a lot of noise as you open them.”
He believes this year’s selection is especially delicious. The lineup: Lighthouse Turkey Cheddar from Grand Traverse Pie Company, Ham and Cheese from Chef’s In, Turkey with Dried Cherries from The Kitchen, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Veggie Wrap and Tom Terrific Wrap, both from Center Street Café.
The sandwiches are for sale inside each of the six main film venues: State Theatre, City Opera House, Old Town Playhouse, Milliken Auditorium, Lars Hockstad Auditorium and the new Bijou by the Bay.
An assortment of locally-made snacks also is available, including fresh-baked scones and cookies from EuroStop Café, treats from Morsels, Zen Bars and Puddles from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, Cherry Sours from Benjamin Twiggs, trail mixes from The Cherry Stop, dried apple slices from Nature’s Treats, Stix & Stones and Coco Mojo Mix from Sweet Asylum, as well as fresh apples and bananas.