Year Five of Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland Welcomed 16,286 Attendees, Raises $70,021 to Fight Childhood Hunger in Oregon
PORTLAND, ORE., November 22, 2016 – Celebrating its fifth anniversary, 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.
Thank you to Feast Portland 2016 sponsors: (National Media Sponsor) Bon Appétit, (Platinum Sponsors) SagaCity Media (Portland Monthly Magazine and Seattle Met), Travel Oregon, (Event Title Sponsors) Oregonian Media Group, USA Pears, (Event Presenting Sponsors) Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Tillamook, Whole Foods Market, (Platinum Drink Sponsors) Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, William Grant & Sons (Gold Sponsors) Breville USA, Chase Bank, National Honey Board, Nicky USA, Provenance Hotels, Shun, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Talenti, Travel Portland, Urban Pie Pizza Co., Washington State Wine, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Williams-Sonoma, (Gold Drink Sponsors) Acqua Panna, Archery Summit, Double Canyon, Goose Island Beer Co., Perrier, Precept Wine, S. Pellegrino, Sokol Blosser Winery, Union Wine Co. (Sterling Sponsors) Le Creuset, National Pork Board, Nature’s Path, Open Table, Oregon Department of Agriculture, VerTerra Dinnerware, Willamette Valley Visitors Association, (Silver Sponsors) Beaujolais Wines, California Olive Ranch, Don Julio, DPI Specialty Foods, Durham Ranch, Farmhouse Culture, Foods In Season, Franz Bakery, Guittard, Jacobsen Salt Co., KitchenCru, Kite Hill, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Fruit Products, Oregon Cheese Guild, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Oregon State University, Oregon Wine Board, Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Pacific Foods, Pacific Seafood, Prairie Organic Spirits, Snake River Farms, Sunshine Dairy, TMT Development, Umpqua Bank, Zidell Yards, (Bronze Drink Sponsors) Brooks Wine, Deschutes Brewery, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Serene Winery, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Hyland Estates, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Ponzi Vineyards, Pyramid Breweries, Stoller Family Estate, (Media Partners) Alpha Media, Eater, Delicious Contents, Edible Canada, Food52, Imbibe, KATU, Pollinate, Premier Press, (Hotel Partners) Heathman Hotel, Hotel DeLuxe, Hotel Lucia, Hotel Modera, Hotel Rose, Sentinel, The Westin, (Partners) Buffalo Trace, Cascade Organic LLC, Doug Fir Lounge, DRY Sparkling, Elephants Delicatessen, Hama Hama Oysters, Health Ade Kombucha, House Spirits Distillery, Portland Trail Blazers, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Red Duck Foods, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland, Uber, and West Coast Event Productions.
ABOUT FEAST PORTLAND
Entering its sixth year, 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, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland continues to support efforts to end hunger in our community, donating 2016 net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon through 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. Advertising Age named Bon Appétit brand of the year, the magazine was the No. 1 magazine on the A list and Pamela Drucker Mann was named Publishing Executive of the Year. That marks four consecutive years on the Advertising Age A list and 4 years on the Adweek Hot List. Bon Appétit has been nominated for 22 National Magazine Awards.
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR A HUNGER-FREE OREGON
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) raises awareness about hunger, connects people to nutrition programs, and advocates for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. During the past five years, PHFO has helped connect tens of thousands of children to nutritious meals in communities across Oregon. With the help of local partners and strategic advocacy, PHFO works to make basic needs like food, housing and childcare more accessible for millions of working families in Oregon. PHFO recently launched a campaign to encourage schools to serve breakfast in the most effective way: after the bell and at no charge. Connect with the PHFO mission during Feast Portland by using #WhyWeFeast.