Movies just aren’t the same without snacks, so that’s why you’ve always got to be prepared lest you are left in the theatre without anything edible in case of hunger emergency. The theatre snack sneak (say that three times fast) is a feat that can only be pulled off by trained professionals — so basically anyone with cargo pants or a large enough purse. Popcorn is fine and dandy, but in honour of TIFF, known for showcasing unique films, here are some unique snacks to considering sneaking in as you enjoy this year’s film festival offerings.
You can’t really go wrong with sushi; it’s compact, portable, easy to acquire and full of variety. While not seen often in the western world, it’s actually a common practice to eat sushi with your hands. So now you won’t have to feel awkward popping a spicy salmon roll into your mouth as the opening credits roll at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
With the #cronutgate incident still fresh in everyone’s mind, it’s best to play it safe and stick with Canada’s first favourite pastry — the doughnut. The city has had a bit of a doughnut renaissance as of late, so take advantage of the ever-increasing range of offerings and bring this sweet treat to your film of choice.
TIFF brings a lot of celebration, and naturally with celebration comes libations. While a big bottle and carafe aren’t exactly discreet theatre fare, you can bring out a small sample-size bottle (think of the liquor bottles given out on planes) and enhance your movie watching experience, even if you can’t get into any TIFF parties afterwards.
Sometimes it’s just better to keep it clean and simple, and having a handful of fruit at your disposal will ensure that you will feel guilt-free upon leaving the theatre. Fruit also has the affordability factor; think of all the fruit you can buy for the price of one bag of sodium-ridden theatre popcorn.
Trail mix doesn’t get much love these days thanks to the explosion of the health food industry, but if you’re feeling nostalgic bust out a bag of this vintage snack. Trail mix is lauded for having a little something for everyone, so you’re guaranteed to be the life of the theatre party with trail mix by your side.