Within a matter of hours, the city of Sonoma will transform into a mecca for international film, food and wine at the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF). This year’s festival runs from March 30th to April 3rd.
There is not a film festival in the world where you’ll find an intimate experience of acclaimed international films paired with world-class food and wine. The 5-day event attracts a unique mix of actors, filmmakers, locals and tastemakers from around the country who appreciate the authenticity of the Sonoma experience.
Between the films are a number of parties and special events, but we think that these five fabulous highlights cannot be missed.
1. Meg Ryan to be honored with the Sonoma Salute Award
Don’t miss Meg Ryan receive her Sonoma Salute Award at Tribute night on Thursday, March 31st. This year marks her directorial debut of “Ithaca,” which will be screened at the festival. Note: It’s best to arrive early as this event will likely be a sell-out!
2. “A Taste of Film” hosted by Celebrity Cruises
If you’re an aficionado of food and film, then you cannot miss this event. Film and food will unite at a movie night you’ve never experienced before. Inspired by Celebrity’s latest sensation on the high seas, guests will savor a multi-course, multi-sensory adventure that will accompany the screening of “Cooking up a Tribute”. Two events will be held on Friday, April 1 at 2:15pm, and again on Sunday, April 3 at 12:30pm.
3. Honeymoon Cabaret
Saturday night, April 2, will be an evening packed with fun. Following the Film Juary Awards Ceremony from 5-6pm is the Honeymoon Cabaret, not to be missed. honeymoon cabaret party, where a Las Vegas lounge meets Parisian night club complete with a burlesque performance from Miss Harvest Moon.
4. Old Hollywood Party or Dinner with the Director
Pace yourself throughout the night. Following the award ceremony on Saturday are a couple of options. Maybe you’ll be in the mood to join the Old Hollywood Party from 8-11pm, where you’ll be treated to music by Roberta Donnay and her 8-piece orchestrea.
If you’re feeling a little more low-key following the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, you may opt to have dinner with director Janet Grillo of Jack of The Red Hearts (screening s at 5:30 pm), which begins at 7:30pm.
5. Closing Night Party
Saying goodbye is never easy, so going out in style at the closing night party is a must! Fabulous food, wine and music will make for a fitting send-off.