Let’s talk turkey: Gobblefest raises funds for Helpline House

Five local bands will be rocking the American Legion Hall on Bainbridge Island Nov. 4 to benefit Helpline House.

Gobblefest, a music-for-food charity, will be making its sixth appearance on BI while celebrating its 13th year raising money for local food charities.

BI resident and Gobblefest founder Brian Feldtman plays in one of the bands and said, “The bands get really stoked to play this show every year because they know their time and talent are put to good use to raise money for Helpline House.”

His band Disciples of Patches headlined the Street Dance this year and his group goes way back. Three formed a band in Bellingham during college. Co-organizer Michael Wright and Feldtman were in a BI band called No Clue in the late 90s.

Last year, the two Gobblefest shows, the other in Kirkland, set records raising nearly $25,000. Since its inception in 2010, Gobblefest has donated nearly $90,000.

Wright, a long-time BI resident, said he has worked with Helpline House as a board member and supporter. “Every time Gobblefest comes around, our local musicians’ community rallies around the initiative because of the good Helpline does for our neighbors in need,” he said.

Gobblefest starts at 4:30 p.m. featuring the Battle Point BBQ food truck, beer from Bainbridge Brewing, and wine from Fletcher Bay Winery. There will be various raffles and auctions, including a chance to win a bottle of Yama single-grain whiskey from Bainbridge Organic Distillers.

Other bands will include Ocean Men and Psycho Sush, along with newer BI bands Blue Fish and Close Enough.

A $25 donation is suggested. You must be 21 to attend. Tickets are available through Eventbrite (search for Gobblefest) or you can donate at the door if the venue is not full.

The hall is located at 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Rd. For details go to www.gobblefest.org.