Waterfront Blues Festival Announces Safety Updates


Updated guidelines for attendees at Waterfront Park July 3-6 include factory-sealed water, limited bag size and no coolers; in line with large festival practices

Oregon Food Bank announced safety updates for the 27th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union held July 3 - 6, 2014 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. In keeping with best practices for events and festivals around the nation, updates include (but are not limited to) no hard-sided coolers, no large blankets or tarps, no high-backed chairs and limited outside beverages. 

Instead, festival attendees are encouraged to bring a soft backpack smaller than 16x16x8 inches, a blanket no larger than 6x8 feet, a chair with seat up to 12 inches off the ground and two factory-sealed water bottles. 

"Our updates in security reflect similar changes being made at large festivals across the country," said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications at Oregon Food Bank.  "Our first and foremost concern is the safety and security of our supporters while attending this 4th of July community celebration."

Security staff at the gate will enforce these new policies for the safety and enjoyment of all festival attendees. The full breakdown of items permitted and not permitted at the 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival is located at


About Waterfront Blues Festival

Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.  This Portland hallmark event has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Most important, the festival is Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser at a time when need for emergency food continues to grow.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, Kia,, Miller Lite, The Oregonian

Supporting sponsors: The Boeing Company, Schwindt & Co., Capital One, Larabar, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Cascadian Farms, Dave's Killer Bread, Clackamas County Tourism, Health Net and Caring Ambassadors.

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About Oregon Food Bank

With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington and helping nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.


Tara Taylor
Associate Director of Community Engagement
ph 503.575.2109, x 2287