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.
âThis is the fourth year that we’ve hosted the Empty Bowls Festival, every time we learn what we need to tweak and improve,â Executive Director Dan Edwards said in a statement. âIt’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.
âThis year has been wonderful and we were very happy with the turnout,â she said.