For the Vendors

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Food Vendors

Applications Now Open

Many of our regular vendors return each year so anyone (Including returning vendors) interested in vending at the festival must apply. (If you are not selected, your booth fee will be refunded) If we get an opening, we will fill it according to our need to maintain a variety of options for the festival food booths. 

The deadline to submit applications and pay the fees is March 15th, 2019.  Contact Sarah@blissfest.org with any further questions.

Small

Up to 5 Workers
$315 per Booth
  • FOOD VENDOR
  • Up to 5 entries into the festival
  • Wristbands will be picked up by each worker at the gate with IDs

Medium

Up to 10 Workers
$540 per Booth
  • FOOD VENDOR
  • Up to10 entries into the festival
  • Wristbands will be picked up by each worker at the gate with IDs

Large

Up to 15 Workers
$865 per Booth
  • FOOD VENDOR
  • Up to 15 entries into the festival
  • Wristbands will be picked up by each worker at the gate with IDs

Extra Large

Up to 20 Workers
$1490 per Booth
  • FOOD VENDOR
  • Up to 20 entries into the festival
  • Wristbands will be picked up by each worker at the gate with IDs
Blissfest will charge 10% (and 5% for non-profit organizations) of your GROSS receipts before any deductions as a fee. We expect to collect this fee no later than 30 days after the festival. Be prepared to show records of daily receipts and a weekend total so we can determine your fee. We trust that this will be an accurate and honest accounting. A $25 service fee will be charged those who neglect to pay within 30 days and each month thereafter. If you do not pay within the year you will not be considered a vendor in good standing with the Blissfest Music Organization.

 A small group of Setup & Prep Workers are allowed on Thursday and must be RSVP’d for our Thursday Entry List. If they are not on the list and pre-approved by the Blissfest Staff by June 1, they will not gain entry to the festival until Friday.

You are expected to clean up your site thoroughly by Tues. the morning after the festival. This includes compost, recyclables, paper, cigarette butts, beer tabs and all concession materials. We suggest you bring a leaf rake. Your cooperation in cleaning up your spot will be evaluated by staff and will be a consideration for future involvement. Recycling of cardboard, glass, plastic cooking oil, compost, and metal is mandatory. The recycling coordinator will stop by to orient you. Describe your menu and a brief sketch of your booth showing serving size and dimensions. There is a limited supply of electricity and we encourage you to conserve as much as possible. Use of propane appliances instead of elemental heating devices is essential to prevent overloading. With your application be sure to describe your electrical needs a special type of hookup. Remember that concessions need to use “hard use” electric cords 12  gauge (Type SO or SOO wire) outside the booth and secured propane tanks. This gauge is required by Emmet County for our carnival permit. Each vendor has their own electrical box with a variety of plug-ins to choose from. You are not allowed to plug into any other vendor’s power box without their permission. 

The local fire department will also inspect for fire extinguishers and properly anchored propane tanks. Tanks need to be secured with chain or rope so as to not tip over.

We typically allow setup on Weds & Thurs. afternoon and will let you know specific times set aside for setup to keep things as orderly as possible. Contact us if you need to request special consideration regarding setup time. Parking will be restricted to designated areas and strictly limited in the food vending area. Please note that the festival sells ice cream as a fundraiser and we will require pre-approval if any ice cream or related items are sold. We will also be handling the ice concession and can supply you with ice at a good price. We plan to deliver ice to the food booths during the festival or you can pick up your own at the ice concession.

Donations of meals for our raffle are also encouraged as well as ads for our festival program. These are two ways to get your message to the festival attendees. The Blissfest plans to provide food vouchers to some musicians for the Sunday evening meal and will reimburse food vendors at checkout. The food coordinator will contact you during the festival to answer any questions you have. Your participation would be much appreciated and we will be glad to give you some mentions from the stage to promote your booth.

You will need to comply with Health Department regulations and they will inspect on Friday. Contact Northwest Michigan Health Dept. at (231) 347-6014 or office-3434 Harbor-Petoskey Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. The temporary food application form for the Health Dept should be completed 2 weeks prior to the event or you risk being denied. Additional online information can be accessed at http://www.nwhealth.org/food-temp.html

Regular workers( minimum 8-10 hours of work per weekend)  for your booth will cost according to the number or workers you have.

Any worker requests beyond the current number workers will pay full price. We are trying to stay reasonable with the worker passes policy and also provide an incentive to use your labor wisely. Purchase worker wristbands in the application or over the phone.   Deadline for applications is March 15, 2018.

Send to: Blissfest, 522 Liberty St. Unit A, Petoskey, MI 49770.

If you have further questions please call Sarah Reinfelder at (231) 348-7047

Email- Sarah@blissfest.org

Here is a checklist for all food vendors. Please make sure that you have completed all these prior to coming to the festival and read the following news bulletin

  • You must have your permit from the Health Dept. in advance of the festival so contact Liane at 231-347-6014 A.S.A.P. if you have not done so. http://www.nwhealth.org/food-temp.html
  • Remember that all food vendors need to use 12 gauge or heavier SO type extension cords. The county electrical inspector will be around on Friday to assess compliance.
  • A #10 ABC extinguisher is minimum and very inexpensive.The fire department will inspect Friday for fire extinguishers and propane tanks. Make sure you have one that is easy to access or you will be making an unnecessary trip into town. Also, the fire dept. will check to make sure any propane tanks are secure. Tanks can not be free standing. They must be attached to something to prevent tipping over. A t-post with a chain will work in a pinch.
  • Setup may begin on Weds. afternoon. Please call us to let us know when you need to come in.
  • All application fees and worker passes have been paid for prior to the festival.
    Worker tickets must be distributed by the food vendors prior to the festival. Will call tickets at the vendor gate for vendors workers are allowed but a physical ticket in will call is required.

Going Green

Blissfest is trying to do its part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Last year the composting program did pretty well and we will again encourage food vendors to contribute to the compost bin. We will use this compost on our orchard trees and vegetable garden. Also, you are required to use the recycling program located behind the food area and dispose of cooking oil properly at our bio- diesel oil collection facility.

NO STYROFOAM DINNERWARE AT THE FESTIVAL

This year we again will prohibit food vendors from selling bottled water. Blissfest has expanded our own excellent well water distribution system to include drinking fountains and fill-up location in the concert area and near the vending area. Water containers will be made available and signs will be promoting the quality of our water.

Our own hospitality area will be using composting dinnerware again this year. Any vendor who wants to purchase composting dinnerware can jump on our order. We will be ordering by Mid- May. Contact us for pricing and availability of composting dinnerware. Prices are going down and we want you to help be part of the solution. We also encourage festival patrons to use their own dinnerware so we encourage vendors to accommodate them.

Arts and Craft Vendors

Applications Now Open

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous” – Bill Moyers

The arts & craft fair is open to amateur and professional artists and craftspeople who create their own works of arts/crafts. Our goal is to provide opportunities for these creators and innovators of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts to present their respective talents in a festival atmosphere of music and dance that affirms and honors our shared cultural heritage and diversity.

Booth Fee

$230 per 10'x10' Booth
  • Includes 1 entry into the festival
  • Wristband will be picked up at the gate with ID
  • A $30 non-refundable selection committee fee will be charged to all non-member applicants. The fee is waived for Blissfest members.

Booth Fee and selection committee Fee must be paid in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications without the fees paid will not be accepted.

Booth Particulars

  • Booth spaces are 10′ x 10′ in size with the artists providing their own setup.
  •  Set up available beginning Thursday between 4 pm-9pm.
  • Setup on Friday 9am-12.
  •  Booths must be attended from 10am-6pm on Sat. and 10am.-3pm. on Sunday.
  • Friday and extended hours are optional.
  •  Only selected work will be eligible for sale.
  •  Artists may share a booth if both are accepted.
  • 10 x 20 (deep) booths are $130 extra
  • NO power or Wifi provied for Craft Vending Booths

Other Information

  • No cannabis or paraphernalia booths (medical or recreational)
  •  There is no unauthorized use of the name “Blissfest” on T-Shirts or other items for sale
  •  Artists and children are not allowed to walk around festival grounds to solicit sales.
  •  Camping is available on site and you can set up and service your booth with a vehicle.
  • Separate parking and camping are available.  We strongly recommend sharing a spot with other vendor friends so we can fit everyone in.
  • Each exhibitor will be responsible for collecting the 6% MI sales tax if it applies to them. For more information, you may contact the MI Department of Treasury at 1-517-636-4730.
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed

Healing Arts Vendors

Applications Now Open

Blissfest Music Organization features a healing arts area at the annual three-day festival, this year’s dates are July 12-14, 2019. The healing arts area is focused on presenting traditional and integrated health practitioners who provided services and products that advance our collective understanding of traditional, alternative and complementary approaches to health and body care. We are looking for experienced professionals dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our festival goers If you are a practitioner in body work, psychic reading, crystal therapies, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal therapy and body care products this area is for you. Please, no tattoo or piercing artists. No cannabis or paraphernalia booths (medical or recreational).  If your are interested or have questions Please contact the Blissfest Music Organization by calling the office at 231.348.7047 or emailing Sarah@blissfest.org.

Booth Fee

$185 per 10'x10' Booth
  • Includes 1 entry into the festival
  • Wristband will be picked up at the gate with ID

If you are interested in participating or have any other questions please indicate on the application form, call the office at 231.348.7047 or email Sarah@blissfest.org.

Non-Profit Vendors

Applications Now Open

Non-Profit Organizations are invited to participate in the Blissfest Festival and dispense information about their organization.The non-profit booth area is located just to the left (West) of the Main Stage area. Five and 10 ft spaces are available and there is room for 4-5 booths first come first serve. Organizations will need to provide their own setup.


For Non-Profit Booths who are not selling there is no charge for the space but staff will need to purchase a wristband at normal price for entry. 

The Blissfest will determine if the non-profit mission is compatible with the Blissfest mission and values.

In some instances, products may be sold for organizational fund raising purposes as determined by the Executive Director. 
Those who want to sell products to help support their organization may be charged a 10% fee on sales to help support the Blissfest Music Organization.

For more information contact Sarah Reinfelder- Operations Manager at 231-348-7047.

Booth Fee

$Free per 10'x10' Booth
  • Wristband will be picked up at the gate with ID
  • No wristbands are included with this application. You must purchase one seperately.
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