The Portland Green Festival Expo Launch Party took place on November 18, 2015 at Hatch Lab, Portland's co-working space for social and environmental entrepreneurs dedicated to helping businesses hatch their next big idea. Thank you to the wonderful hosts Amy Pearl, Founder and Executive Director of Hatch Innovation Inc. and Simon Love, Managing Director of Hatch Lab!

Over 80 local leaders attended despite the heavy rain and flood warning throughout the evening. The Portland Launch Party provided a vibrant and informative evening for locals, media and community leaders to share their passion for sustainability, green living and the community. Media at the Launch Party included the Portland Chronicle, local bloggers, the Portland Tribune, Portland State Vanguard and environmental writers.

Exhibitors showcased their products and services at the Portland Launch to provide a taste of what's to come at the Green Festival! The exhibitors present included: Schmidt's Deodorant, Love Bottle, Green Living Journal, Better World Club, Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, Beautycounter, Café Mam, Multipure Water, Oregon Rain Harvesting, Stoller Family Estate and Hatch showed off their wonderful space.

Wine was poured by Stoller Family Estate, 100% estate grown and first ever winery to earn LEED Gold Certification in the world. Beanfields provided bean and rice chips that are gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan and allergy-friendly!

Dr. Corinna Basler, President of Green Festivals, Inc., spoke with enthusiasm about bringing the expo to Portland, OR for the first time in Green Festivals 14 year history! After years of surveys and listening to all feedback Green Festival has decided to bring the expo to Portland on December 11-13th at the Oregon Convention Center. With over 200 exhibitors already booked for Portland Green Festival estimates 10,000 in attendance throughout the weekend. B2B business education sessions start Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 am which are free for exhibitors and a small fee for attendees. The Portland Green Festival will feature a new 'local marketplace' where attendees can learn about and purchase products produced locally. Corinna Basler highlighted the Green Festival Award ceremony bringing awareness to the different opportunities the show provides. The Green Festival "Saves Lives Campaign" initiative providing attendees with the opportunity to adopt homeless pets, is a way for everyone to learn more about pets for adoption in the community and encourage all to adopt, not shop for pets. Other awards at the show include the Green Festival Community Award and Green Festival Brand Award. Winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30pm at the Green Festival Stage. We are proud to announce that our expo will be operating on clean energy through our partnership with Arcadia Power, ensuring the event is as 'green' and sustainable as possible.

The Portland launch party guests received gift bags full of wonderful green items from Portland Photography, NYR Organic, Schmidt's Deodorant, Love Bottle, Green Living Journal, Better World Club, Canvas Host, Elevation Trade, Beautycounter, Dot Chakra, Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, Grizzly Beard Northwest, Spin Laundry Lounge, Café Mam, Multipure Water, Bright Now Whitening, P3 and Oregon Rain Harvesting.

Special thank you to the Portland Green Festival Regional Director Sally Custer, host committee members and all of the volunteers that came out to help. See you soon at our show!

Photo Credit: Portland Event Photography - Official Photographer of the Green Festival Portland VIP Launch Event.