Schmeckfest Entire Folkstreams

Making The Film


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Produced by Bob Dambach
Cinematographer: Dave Geck, Travis Jensen, Tapio Kube, Bob Dambach, Gretchen Jensen, Trina Spaeth, John Shipley
Editing: Dave Geck, Tapio Kube, Gretchen Jenson, Bob Dambach
Copyright: 2000 Prairie Public Broadcasting
55 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta), 2000
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Schmeckfest is a collection of vignettes filmed in the kitchens of cooks who remember milking cows on cold North Dakota mornings; at a cafe that still serves the traditional Knoepfla Soup; and at a modern Schmeckfest where, to use the literal definition of a Schmeckfest, people celebrate with a 'festival of food.'

These were a people who overcame much adversity," added Michael Miller, co-producer of the films and Bibliographer at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries. "SCHMECKFEST is important to our prairie heritage; it preserves a legacy of a very self-sufficient group. The film is a chronicle of the prairie women who left no records of their lives, but who are remembered every day in the recipes and rituals of the kitchen: the heart of the home."