PORTLAND — Organizers of an event to end childhood hunger are aiming high.

John Woods of Cape Elizabeth, who organized the fifth annual Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event on Portland’s waterfront tonight, said he hopes to raise $100,000.

Chefs and workers from 27 restaurants donated their time and food to the event, which was held on an outside deck adjacent to the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

Visitors got to sample a wide variety of food and wine.

The event is based on the belief that in the world’s wealthiest nation, no child should grow up hungry. Despite that, nearly 17 million children in America struggle with hunger. In Maine that translates into about every one in four children, Woods said.

“This is my fifth year. I’ve been here from the beginning. And I can tell you it all came together. It’s the best one yet,” said Rob Evans, chef-owner of Hugo’s on Middle Street in Portland.