Empty Bowls

Attendees at a previous Empty Bowls event peruse a selection of handcrafted bowls

Auburn and Opelika residents will have a chance to not only pick out a bowl handcrafted by artisans and enjoy some delicious soup, but also make a dent in hunger in the community at the upcoming Empty Bowls event. 

Empty Bowls, a combined effort between the cities of Auburn and Opelika, will be hosted this year by Opelika at the Denson Drive Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 1. 

The event is part of an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that began in the early 90s. Auburn held its first Empty Bowls event in 2015. 

The event is important because all of the proceeds go to the Food Bank of East Alabama, said Lila Stone, art education specialist for the city of Auburn. 

"The event calls attention to hunger in our area," she said. "It’s local, so it’s good to give back to our community."

The Food Bank of East Alabama provides food to more than 200 agencies. In 2017, it distributed 4.85 million pounds of produce. 

Potters at Dean Road and Denson Drive ceramics studios are still churning out more handcrafted bowls for the event. 

"We’re making them as we speak, actually," said Stone. "They’re either hand-built or turned on the pottery wheel, so they’re very nice bowls, food safe, and each one’s unique."

 Attendees will get a handcrafted bowl, soup and bread and also be able to enjoy on-site entertainment. 

"As far as the food, you’ll get a bowl of soup, all different kinds," she said. "They’ll have pottery demonstrations going on, some entertainment going on, and it’s family-friendly."

Tickets for this year's event are $10, which will get attendees a bowl, soup and bread.

"You get to pick out a handmade bowl from one of the potters in Opelika and Auburn," said Stone. 

The Empty Bowls event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Denson Drive Recreation Center, located at 1102 Denson Drive in Opelika. 

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