Year Six of Top Food and Drink Festival Welcomed A Record 17,948 Attendees
PORTLAND, ORE., November 15, 2017 – Year six of Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland food and drink festival, September 14-17, 2017, raised $72,043 through Feast’s charitable efforts. Mark your calendars for the seventh year of Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland, September 13-16, 2018!
This year’s festival welcomed a record 17,948 attendees throughout the weekend. The four-day festival featured 45 unique events, with 134 chefs, 56 wineries, 17 breweries, 11 artisans, and 13 distilleries.
Feast 2017 raised $66,672.50 for its charitable partner, Partners For A Hunger Free Oregon in support of their mission to end childhood hunger in our region. Major charitable efforts of Feast 2017 included a Matching Challenge with Oregon Fruit Products, a Hedley & Bennett Limited Edition Feast Portland Apron, and a “Feast Fab Collab” series of one-of-a-kind Feast Portland-inspired items created by top artisans and chefs.
Additionally, inspired to help the recovery efforts from the thousands of acres of beloved Oregon forest burned in the Eagle Creek Fire as well as the hundreds of miles underwater in Texas Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the weeks leading up to festival weekend, Feast Portland 2017 added a “Feast For All” fundraiser event to the lineup, raising $5,370.50 for Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Red Cross.
“Thanks to our partners and our friends in the chef and artisan community, our charity program continues to exceed our wildest expectations,” said Feast Portland Co-Founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch. “That together as a community we’ve been able to raise more than $370,000 is something that every Feast team member, participant and attendee can be very proud of.”
“Feast Portland exemplifies the bounty and the spirit of Oregon. This year was no exception: so many people came together to contribute to the goal of ending childhood hunger!” said Annie Kirschner, Executive Director, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. “We’re proud to work side-by-side with Feast Portland and the culinary community to, as partners, make sure that all kids—from Portland to Malheur—have plenty of nourishing food to eat.”
Since the festival’s first year in 2012, Feast Portland has raised over $372,000 for charitable partners.
Thank you to Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland 2017 sponsors: (National Media Sponsor) Bon Appétit, (Platinum Sponsor) Travel Oregon, (Event Presenting Sponsors) Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, New Seasons Market, Portland Trail Blazers, Tillamook, (Platinum Drink Sponsors) Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington State Wine, (Gold Sponsors) Bob’s Red Mill, Breville USA, Chase Bank, Ferguson, Nicky USA, Oregon Fruit Products, Oregon Rasberry and Blackberry Commission, Provenance Hotels, Shun, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Talenti, Travel Portland, Williams Sonoma, (Gold Drink Sponsors) Acqua Panna, Beaujolais Wines, Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Blossom Brothers, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Bulleit, Sokol Blosser Winery, House Spirits Distillery, Hyland Estates, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, S. Pellegrino, Uncle Nearest, Westmount, William Grant & Sons, (Sterling Sponsors) Big Green Egg, Hedley & Bennett, Le Creuset, Premier Press, Snake River Farms, USA Pears, VerTerra, (Silver Sponsors) Bargreen Ellingson, California Olive Ranch, DPI Specialty Foods, Franz Bakery, Guittard, KitchenCru, Health-Ade Kombucha, Kite Hill, Open Table, Oregon Cheese Guild, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Oregon Wine Board, Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Pacific Seafood, Port of Portland, Sunshine Dairy, TMT Development, Zidell Yards, (Bronze Drink Sponsors) Archery Summit, Brooks Wine, Deschutes Brewery, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Full Sail Brewing, Ponzi Vineyards, Portland Sangria, Precept Winery, Pyramid Breweries, Running Man Distributing, Saké One, Stoller Family Estate, Union Wine Co., Willakenzie Estate, Widmer Brothers Brewing, (Media Partners) Alpha Media, Creel Studio, Eater, Edible Canada, Food52, Imbibe, KATU, Oregonian Media Group, Pollinate, SagaCity Media, (Hotel Partners) Dossier, The Heathman Hotel, Hotel DeLuxe, Hotel Lucia, Hotel Modera, Hotel Monaco, Hotel Rose, Sentinel, The Duniway, (Charitable Partner) Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, (Partners) Campari, Congaree and Penn, Creekstone Farms, Elephants Delicatessen, Hama Hama, Jacobsen Salt Company, Knot Springs, Lorissa’s Kitchen, Lyft, Oregon Culinary Institute, Quickfish Poke Bar, Regalis, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, Smith Teamaker, Thaan Charcoal, The Art Institute of Portland Culinary School, Tour Print, and Urban Gleaners, West Coast Event Productions.
ABOUT FEAST PORTLAND
Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, the four-day festival showcases legendary and emerging chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders at more than 40 delicious events, from large-scale tastings to hands-on classes to intimate dinners. Feast Portland continues to support efforts to end childhood hunger in our community, donating 2017 net proceeds to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
ABOUT BON APPÉTIT
Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design, and home. Bon Appétit has been named to Advertising Age’s A-List for five consecutive years, including Magazine of the Year 2013 and Brand of the Year 2015, and has been named to Adweek’s Hot List every year since 2012, including Hottest Food Magazine in 2013 and 2017. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards in the past five years, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, and in 2017 for General Excellence. Bon Appétit 2017 sponsors include A to Z Wineworks and barkTHINS.
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR A HUNGER-FREE OREGON
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) believes that all Oregonians should be able to afford nourishing food. PHFO raises awareness about hunger, connects people to nutrition programs and advocates for systemic changes to end hunger in Oregon. Feast Portland has made it possible for PHFO to connect tens of thousands of children to nutritious meals in communities across Oregon. When 1 in 4 kids are food insecure and hunger is at an all-time high in our state, we must work together. By addressing its root cause, poverty, and increasing access to programs like school meals and summer meals for kids, we can help end hunger in Oregon. Raise awareness of hunger and PHFO’s mission during Feast Portland by using #WhyWeFeast.