Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland 2016 welcomed a record 16,286 festival attendees, and raised $70,021 for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to help fight childhood hunger in Oregon.
Mark your calendars for Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland 2017, September 14th-17th. The 2017 festival line-up and schedule will be announced when tickets go on sale in May.
"We are very pleased with the continued success of the festival, and grateful to the city, our community of participants, the Feast Portland team, and the many small local and regional businesses and contractors who come together year after year to make this festival happen," says Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland co-founders, Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch.
During this year’s festival, which took place September 15-18 2016, 104 chefs from around the world, plus 21 artisans, 23 breweries and cider houses, 62 wineries, and 16 distilleries participated in 42 unique events at beautiful venues throughout Portland.
Festival organizers brought back favorite events Sandwich Invitational, Grand Tasting, Night Market, Smoked!, Brunch Village, Dinner Series, Hands-On Classes and Drink Tank panel series, and also introduced four new Fun-Size Events, a Latin theme for the Night Market, and a new East Portland location for the Sandwich Invitational.
“A big thank you to Feast Portland for highlighting hunger right here at home,” says Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon executive director Annie Kirschner. “This gathering of people to celebrate food – the makers, organizers and guests — helps us make sure everyone, especially children, get enough to eat.”
The money raised by Feast Portland 2016 will benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon’s School Breakfast Program campaign “Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon!” with a goal of ensuring that more kids are able to start the day with school breakfast, so they have the nourishment they need to learn and focus on being good students and happy kids. Since its inception in 2012, Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland has raised over $300,000 to fight childhood hunger.