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Fort McMurray Today - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BEAMISH

Empty Bowls fes­ti­val raises more than $16,900 for Wood Buf­falo Food Bank.

The third an­nual Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val took place on Sun­day at Ju­bilee Plaza. De­spite the rain and windy weather, hun­dreds of res­i­dents came down­town to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

The Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val is put to­gether by the Wood Buf­falo Food Bank to raise money for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, while also bring­ing aware­ness to lo­cal is­sues.

The event raised more than $16,900 over the course of the day.

“Even though the weather was not what we had hoped for, we are so pleased to have seen so many peo­ple bun­dle up and come out to sup­port us re­gard­less,” said Dan Ed­wards, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Wood Buf­falo Food Bank in a state­ment.

The Fort Mcmur­ray Pot­ter’s Guild and Colour Me Mine had hand-crafted bowls for sale for the event.

Food ven­dors pro­vided a va­ri­ety of food items in­clud­ing soups and shep­herd’s pie for those who pur­chased a hand­made bowl.

Lo­cal ar­ti­sans also had some of their work on sale, with a por­tion of sales go­ing to the food bank.

LAURA BEAMISH/FORT MCMUR­RAY TO­DAY

Hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

Lo­cal hand-crafted pot­tery is on sale, with some of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Wood Buf­falo Food Bank, at the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

Lo­cal hand-crafted pot­tery is on sale, with some of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Wood Buf­falo Food Bank, at the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

Some com­mu­nity mem­bers look at pur­chas­ing a hand­crafted bowl at the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

East Vil­lage Pub and Eatery serves hot shep­herd’s pie at the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

A silent auc­tion of hand­crafted pot­tery bowls raises money for the Wood Buf­falo Food Bank at the 2018 Empty Bowls Fes­ti­val at Ju­bilee Plaza in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta., on Sept. 9, 2018.

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