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Feasting for a cause: Food and drink festival raises $70,000 to fight hunger

COURTESY: FEAST PORTLAND/JOHN VALLS  - Feast Portland's Night Market is a signature event each year. The dozens of big and small events during the four-day festival this year raised nearly $70,000 for two charities working to end food insecurity. 
Organizers of Feast Portland announced Tuesday that this year's event brought in nearly $70,000 for their two charitable partners, No Kid Hungry and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

The fourth-annual food and drink festival — Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty — attracted 13,793 guests during its four-day run in September.

Donations since the festival’s inception in 2012 come to $230,000 toward helping end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country.

Feast Portland also announced its 2016 dates, which will be September 15-18, 2016.

"We continue to be blown away by the creativity and unmatched enthusiasm for Feast Portland, and this year was no exception," said Feast Co-Founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch. "From chefs, to sponsors and partners, to our newest event Smoked!, year four truly showcased everything that makes Portland and Oregon awesome and was our best yet."

COURTESY: FEAST PORTLAND/ERIN MCKALIP  - Brunch Village is another of Feast Portland's signature events. Next year's fifth-annual festival is set for Sept. 15-18, 2016. This year's festival featured more than 40 consumer events, trade and industry parties, product launches, panels, hands-on classes and intimate dinners.

It also included a lineup of 96 renowned chefs from Oregon and from around the world, plus 19 artisans, 16 breweries and cider houses, 25 wineries and 13 distilleries.

"Our partnership with Feast Portland strengthens the important connection between food for all Oregonians and the generosity of food producers," said Patti Whitney-Wise, executive director of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. "We are proud to work with Feast to help feed children and their families so they can thrive."

Clay Dunn, spokesman for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, added that they're also grateful for the donation: "The funds raised help make our work possible to reach kids with nutritious meals where they live, learn and play."

Feast Portland 2016 will mark the festival’s fifth anniversary. Planning is underway, with an effort to build more participants from Europe and Japan.

The full 2016 line-up and schedule will be announced when tickets go on sale in May.