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Schmeckfest (2000)

About the Film

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."


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Film Details

  • Produced by: Bob Dambach
  • Cinematographer: Dave Geck, Travis Jensen, Tapio Kube, Bob Dambach, Gretchen Jensen, Trina Spaeth, John Shipley
  • Editor: Dave Geck, Tapio Kube, Gretchen Jenson, Bob Dambach
  • Funding: The North Dakota Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Original Format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta)
  • © 2000 Prairie Public Broadcasting
  • 55mins, Color
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