Food and Film Night, Wellness Gala, Bambini Ball and other Events to Close Eat Drink Local

Our Eat Drink Local film night will look like this, but with tacos, oysters, cheese and beer. Photograph by Phill Lehans.

We know you’re in the thick of eating and tweeting for Eat Drink Local, which ends this Saturday. But after you’ve booked your tables at partner restaurants, take a breath to consider the trailer at the bottom of this page for “Diggers,” the hilarious Americana film about 1970s Long Island clam culture that stars Paul Rudd, and gives you a sense of what we’re cooking up for the Food and Film night at Marder’s Gallery this Saturday evening.

Eat Drink Local ends with a bang, as it should. On Saturday night, in East Hampton, get to know the Wellness Foundation–the center of an exciting, and effective, campaign to encourage healthier eating on the South Fork–at its first annual gala, complete with a vegetarian menu and special appearances by national health personality Kathy Freston. Earlier on Saturday, in Bridgehampton, take your family to the Bambini Ball where you can support our only local puppet theater, which brings puppeteers from the region to our neck of the woods, and whose original work includes the food literate “Vegetables Destiny.”

And after the ball, make sure to head up the road to Marder’s Gallery for an evening of food and film. Part of the film series that Silas Marder projects on a wall of hay bales just outside his barn-cum-gallery, the evening will feature a compilation of historic and contempoarary video footage showing farming, fishing, hunting and other Edible-relevant activities on the East End. The films were curated by the Parrish Art Museum’s Andrea Grover, also behind the Parrish Road Show this summer, who dug up all sorts of choice cellulite, from 1950s oyster farming with horses (yes, horses!), a visit with the Riverhead bison farm, and some rare, beautiful haul seining clips.

Even better, since the footage is likely to make you hungry, Edible put together some film-appropriate food and drink options to enjoy as the sun sets. In a nod to the growing offerings of ethic eats on the East End, La Fondita will be serving up tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican street fare. Next, Mecox Bay Dairy will be offering cheese tasting, while the Clamman in Southampton will be shucking Shinnecock clams and Cornell oysters. And to wash it all down, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will be bringing a few of its seasonal suds that we don’t always get to see on the South Fork, La Fondita will be mixing floats with Miss Lady Small Batch Root Beer (a new operation out of Sag Harbor) and Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream. Admission to the screening is free. Attendees pay as they eat. Find directions, times and more details here.