August 4, 2022

Gallery: Empty Bowls Raises Nearly $ 22,700 For Wood Buffalo Food Bank


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An afternoon of hot food, art and music raised $ 22,695 for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank during the annual Empty Bowls Festival.

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The annual event at Jubilee Plaza featured custom bowls made by the Fort McMurray Potters Guild and painted by Color Me Mine. Most of the 743 people who attended the Sunday event lined the streets to purchase a personalized bowl for the event.

Total funds did not meet the event’s $ 25,000 goal, but the request for a bowl will see a follow-up bowl sale in September. A specific date will be announced on the Food Bank’s social media accounts.

This year’s event featured the introduction of online ticket sales, which was used by 281 attendees.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve hosted the Empty Bowls Festival, every time we learn what we need to tweak and improve,” Executive Director Dan Edwards said in a statement. “It’s a constant learning process and we love hearing feedback from the community. “

This year’s event was also moved from September to August after previous years saw rain and wind. Despite concerns about people missing in the summer, spokeswoman Anna Noble said hopes are to give people a reason to stay in town for local events.

“This year has been wonderful and we were very happy with the turnout,” she said.

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Two women look at custom painted ceramic bowls during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Steve Reeve with Mix 103.7 FM checks out the custom painted ceramic bowls during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Steve Reeve with Mix 103.7 FM checks out the custom painted ceramic bowls during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A band performs during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A band performs during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Mitchell's Cafe staff serve soup during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Mitchell’s Cafe staff serve soup during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
The Keg staff cut an ice cream cake during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
The Keg staff cut an ice cream cake during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Staff at The Keg grill steaks for a stew during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Staff at The Keg grill steaks for a stew during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Canadian Brewhouse staff serve soup during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Canadian Brewhouse staff serve soup during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
People attend the Art Auction at the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
People attend the Art Auction at the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
A family during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Some Wood Buffalo Food Bank staff pose for a photo during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network
Some Wood Buffalo Food Bank staff pose for a photo during the Empty Bowls Festival for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at Jubilee Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Vincent McDermott / Fort McMurray Today / Postmedia Network