Feast Portland 2016 Numbers are in!

Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Bon Appétit Presents FeastPortland 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. Our second trip to down to Feast was wonderful and delicious and we look forward to going next year. Schedule and line-up for the 2017 event will be announced in May and the festival will be September 14th – 17th. 

Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink.
Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink.

“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.


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. FeastPortland 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.


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. 


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.