The idea of Empty Bowls banquets is to increase hunger awareness in the local community. They feature a simple meal of bread and soup served in ceramic bowls, handmade by local artists. Each person attending will take home a bowl as a reminder of all those around the world whose bowls are empty. Banquets can include live music, documentary showings, or feature speakers that discuss hunger and food accessibility issues in the community.
Ticket prices are usually set around $10, with all proceeds benefiting the market.