FringeArts' Feastival by the Numbers

Set to return at the end of the month, the FringeArts' annual Feastival food event features tastes from Philadelphia's top chefs and restaurateurs, and revenue from the fundraiser, which benefits FringeArts and its Fringe Festival, has grown more than 100 percent since its inaugural year.

The 2016 Audi Feastival, hosted by Stephen Starr, Chef Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman, will take place Sept. 29, featuring food from returning participating restaurants like Zahav, Vernick and Laurel.

New participants this year include The Dutch, which opened earlier this year, Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House at the SugarHouse Casino and Urban Farmer at The Logan hotel. Up to 80 restaurants participate on average each year.

"What is so notable about Feastival is that it really is a traditional fundraiser, but totally reimagined," said John McInerney of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. "They shifted the focus to a celebration of food and food culture as opposed to focusing on a fundraising dinner where the dinner — usually airline chicken from a corporate catering company — takes second stage."

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