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More than 3,000 people cast their votes for the 7th annual Local Hero Awards. On June 12, renowned local chefs put their culinary brilliance toward preparing summer’s best barbecue, sourced directly from our region’s most sustainable producers. Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics spoke to the power of social enterprise and then announced the winners of this year’s awards. All proceeds benefited Ecotrust’s work to build a resilient regional food system.

Congratulations, Local Hero Award Winners!

Portland Fruit Tree Project
Nossa Familia Coffee
Tabor Bread
The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen
Sun Gold Farm
Linnton Feed & Seed

What are the Local Hero Awards?

Since 2009, Edible Portland has recognized local food heroes who are pushing the envelope of the local, sustainable food movement. These businesses and nonprofits within Oregon and Southwest Washington exemplify high standards in their social and environmental practices, food sourcing, regional economic impact, and commitment to promoting a sustainable food system.

We recognize local standouts in the following categories: Nonprofit/Educator, Beverage Artisan, Food Artisan, Restaurant, Farm, and Retailer. Learn more about the nominees through the interviews below.

2014 Local Hero Award Nominees:

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Previous Winners:

2013 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Dancing Roots Farm
Restaurant: Grand Central Bakery
Food Artisan: Bee Local Honey
Beverage Artisan: Fort George Brewery
Nonprofit: Friends of Family Farmers
Retailer: Food Front Co-op

2012 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Sauvie Island Organics
Restaurant: ¿Por Qué No?
Food Artisan: Springfield Creamery
Beverage Artisan: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Nonprofit: Adelante Mujeres
Retailer: People’s Food Co-op

2011 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Your Backyard Farmer
Restaurant: Bamboo Sushi
Food Artisan: Dave’s Killer Bread
Beverage Artisan: Vincent Family Cranberries
Nonprofit: Oregon Food Bank

2010 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: 47th Avenue Farm
Restaurant: Burgerville
Food Artisan: Bob’s Red Mill
Beverage Artisan: HOTLIPS Soda
Nonprofit: Growing Gardens

2009 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Viridian Farms
Restaurant: Nostrana
Food Artisan: Freddy Guys Hazelnuts
Beverage Artisan: Portland Roasting