Empty Bowls Festival Returns Next Week

“Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association (WBFB) invites you to their annual fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Festival. The event will take place on Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard.

Empty Bowls Festival presented by John Wilson’s Hedco Group is a “family-friendly celebration of local talent in visual and performing arts and fine crafts that will draw the community together and bring awareness to local hunger issues and raise funds for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank,” explains Dan Edwards, Executive Director, WBFB.

“Guests will purchase a hand-crafted bowl made by the Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild or Color Me Mine Fort McMurray for $15 and will be able to make their way around the festival sampling creations from several different stations hosted by local eateries. Live music performed by local talent, and a silent auction, which will feature hand-made bowls painted and crafted by local artists for the silent auction,” notes Edwards, who has been with the association for over 10 years, and in the executive director role since 2018.

Last year’s event despite being short notice during COVID was well-attended raising
approximately $11,000. Edwards says the group is anticipating 500-700 attendees this year. About $20,000 was raised in 2019.


A backyard patio set valued at $2,400 is also being raffled during the festival. Tickets and link for the raffle can be accessed here:

“We have four food vendors confirmed thus far, and other community booths will be available with various activities for the kids. There will also be live music, raffle tickets for the backyard extravaganza, and 50/50 tickets. We welcome everyone to come on down and enjoy the day,” adds Edwards.

The Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard is located at 8405 Prairie Loop Boulevard. Here’s the link to purchase event tickets: 

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