Storm threatens vendor sales as Lambton Film, Food Festival returns

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Organizers of the Lambton Film and Food Festival (LaFFF) are hoping thunderstorms will hold off until after this weekend’s festivities.

Music will liven up King Street in Forest during the street festival on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Vendor sales are scheduled to take place Friday while an artisan market, town-wide garage sale, and food trucks are planned for Saturday.

LaFFF committee member Ruth Illman said vendors will weather the storm if it’s just showers but if thunderstorms occur, unfortunately, that will put a damper on the outdoor portion of the festival.

After not holding the event the past two years due to the pandemic, Illman said it would be frustrating if some festivities are cancelled.

“We were just really, really excited to get things going. The local merchants are involved, we partnered with the BIA (Business Improvement Association) in town to do this street festival and we just hope it all goes according to plan,” she said. “If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. We’re used to setbacks after COVID.”

Environment Canada is calling for a 70 per cent chance of showers and a risk of an afternoon thunderstorm in Lambton Shores on Friday. However, forecasters are calling for a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday.

Regardless of weather conditions, nine award-winning films will be shown at the Kineto Theatre from Friday through to Sunday. Illman suggests purchasing tickets online as seats for some screenings appear to be in high demand. Tickets can be purchased online at Kineto.ca. https://kineto.ca/

Meantime, the Youth Film Competition will kick off the LaFFF on Thursday at 6 p.m.

“This evening, the public is welcome — for a toonie — to come in and watch the film screenings for the Youth Film Competition,” said Illman. “We’ve got 25 entries which is awesome! Then there will be awards presented throughout the screening.”

The LaFFF will wind down on Sunday. An outdoor service at Junction Church will be held at 10 a.m., a garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the three last films of the event will be shown at the Kineto Theatre.

For the food portion of the festival, organizers are encouraging attendees to patron food trucks and local restaurants.

Further details regarding showtimes and live entertainment scheduled for the street festival can be found on the Kineto Theatre’s website or Facebook page.