Dumfries and Galloway will be treated to a authentic buffet of film delights in the coming week as the South West Picture Show starts its exciting programme of delicious movie treats. The South West Picture Show promised us a literal feast of food and film this year and they have not disappointed. The festival is from 2nd – 11th October at venues across Dumfries and Galloway.

2015 is Scotland’s year of Food and Drink so in keeping with this, The South West Picture Show has the same theme. Organisers have got some delicious treats in store for all of us. The opening night sees audiences invited to Thomas Tosh in Thornhill to watch ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ and enjoy a Taiwanese banquet. Also on opening night movie lovers can watch ‘The Angel’s Share’ and enjoy a wee dram in ‘A the Airts in Sanquhar.

This year there will be plenty of family fun too, the event coordinators are delighted to include the North West Resource Centre as a wonderful family venue for free screenings of ‘ET’ where the audience will be treated to Pizza and M+M’s. Alternatively they can choose ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ everyone will get a taste of some spaghetti and meatballs. Or you could enjoy a delicious Sunday Roast before enjoying the hilarious cult classic, ‘Withnail and I’ at the welcoming Craigdarroch hotel in Moniaive.

Fancy a curry? Head to Scrumptious for a curry night and to watch ‘Carry on up the Khyber.’ Champagne at Eskdalemuir while you watch ‘High Society,’ or get dressed up and watch ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ at the wonderful Mrs Green’s. The Stove are offering an innovative and super delicious choice of films as part of the South West Picture Show too. Watch ‘Lunchbox’ whilst eating a delicious lunch courtesy of Daksh restaurant or enjoy a freshly made milkshake at the pop-up milk bar after enjoying a film and lively discussion centred around the Scottish Milk Industry.

The organisers, Belle Doyle and Tabitha Mudaliar, are delighted that local businesses, restaurants, new venues and food producers have been so enthusiastic about this year’s theme. Belle said, “It’s great to see so many new venues taking part in the festival this year. The programme has caught people’s imaginations and there is a lot of excitement about the events on offer. It’s wonderful to be able to encourage local restaurants and cafes too.”

Tabitha said, “We have such fantastic food producers in this region. And the chance to match the best movies with the best food has been a wonderful experience. This year’s South West Picture Show has something delicious to suit every taste.”

Together they have created an innovative and exciting programme of events. Programmes are available from RBC and can be found at all the venues. Pick up a menu to see what you can feast on in this year’s South West Picture Show.

Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said, “the film festival is another example of the fantastic range of festivals and events that take place across our region. It is particularly positive to see this festival showcasing food and drink producers in Dumfries and Galloway during the Year of Food and Drink, giving cinema-goers a chance to sample local produce as part of the festival’s menu of film events.”