MOFAD and SAVEUR Launch
Feasts and Festivals

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NEW YORK, NY – Monday, October 16, 2017 – The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) announces Feasts and Festivals, a photography exhibition and program series in partnership with SAVEUR presented by Roland Foods. Featuring talks, demos, and special events with Jim Lahey, Ruth Reichl, Sri Rao, the Mexican Cultural Institute, League of Kitchens, and many more, Feasts and Festivals will examine food and drink’s central role in celebrations, ceremonies, and rituals across the globe.

Feasts and Festivals will launch at MOFAD Lab on Monday, November 6 with the debut of never-before-exhibited professional photographs of annual festivities, religious rituals, and special occasions from the SAVEUR archives. Photographers include Dave Yoder, Diana Markosian, and Marcus Nilsson, among others. To celebrate the opening, MOFAD and SAVEUR will host a festive Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead party in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute that will include a community altar, bites from Roberto Santibañez's Fonda restaurant, pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”) from Fany Gerson's La Newyorkina, Mexican hot chocolate from Hernán, and much more. The Feasts and Festivals photography exhibition will remain on view through February 2018 along with the permanent exhibition, Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant, which shares the inspiring story of how, against all odds, Chinese immigrants managed to create a cuisine that is now beloved from coast to coast in the United States.

Feasts and Festivals will encourage thoughtful conversation around the many ways that food unites, but also distinguishes, communities. We are about to enter a season filled with cherished traditions at a time when the heated dialogue over identity, race, and immigration continues in the United States and beyond. That’s why I’m so excited to bring people together for Feasts and Festivals—a celebration of its own that explores themes of cultural identity, migration, and tradition through the lens of food,” said Peter Kim, MOFAD Executive Director.

“MOFAD and SAVEUR share a common interest in exploring the ways in which food and drink bring people together as well as a passion for exploring culinary traditions and rituals around the world,” added SAVEUR Editor in Chief, Adam Sachs. “We’re excited to partner with MOFAD to bring stories and celebrations of food culture into an interactive, learning environment.”

Tickets to the Feasts and Festivals launch party and programs are available at mofad.org/events. Sign up for MOFAD’s email newsletter to stay updated on the schedule of Feasts and Festivals public programs. Please contact anna@mofad.org with any questions.

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About MOFAD

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is a new kind of museum that brings the world of food and drink to life with exhibits you can taste, touch, and smell. As the world’s premier food museum, MOFAD engages curious eaters of all ages and backgrounds. MOFAD’s exhibitions and programs are curated and created with the purpose of inspiring and deepening the public’s interest in the world around them using food and drink as the gateway for such inquisitiveness. The museum currently operates MOFAD Lab, a 5,000-square-foot experimental space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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About SAVEUR

SAVEUR is the definitive go-to guide for passionate cooks and culinary explorers. Since 1994, SAVEUR has celebrated the culture of food, drink, entertaining, and travel through stunning photography, well-tested recipes, and deeply reported stories that transport and inspire. Made for and by adventurous enthusiasts, we follow food to its source. SAVEUR is published by Bonnier Corp., one of the largest special-interest publishing groups with more than 30 brands extending into all platforms including magazines, digital media, events, and product licensing.

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About Roland Foods

Roland Foods cultivates, facilitates, and honors relationships that inspire passion and support success in the specialty food industry. Founded in 1934, Roland Foods imports more than 1,500 products from across Asia, South America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. At Roland Foods, we believe in the power of food to open minds, spark adventure, and bring diverse people together. We are passionate about food, and dedicated to those who grow, make, serve, and eat it.

Myanmar, Diana Markosian

Myanmar, Diana Markosian

Kenya, James Fisher

Kenya, James Fisher

France, Marcus Nilsson

France, Marcus Nilsson


Location: MOFAD Lab, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 12pm to 6pm. Program Hours: See mofad.org/events
Admission: Adults (18+) $14; Reduced (students, seniors, military, low-income) $10; Youth (6-17) $7; Children (5 and under) Free
Information: (718) 387-2845 or mofad.org
Media Contact: Anna Orchard, (718) 387-2875, anna@mofad.org