Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for a weeklong Food & Film Festival. Film and food lovers will gather with filmmakers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food and craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza will once again come alive with a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events, from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

See below for highlights from the full breadth of Chautauqua programming this week, themed "Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse."

Bavarian Garden in Bestor

Harking back to classic beer gardens of 1800s Bavaria, opening day of the Chautauqua Food and Film Festival will provide what made these places great -- excellent food, drink and company. Guests will enjoy brats, homemade pretzels and more from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.