2019 Event Dates: June 1-2, 2019
Time: Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is a unique, two-day outdoor event—celebrating all things ARTICHOKE! An estimated 6,000-8,000 visitors attend the Artichoke Festival to enjoy fun for the whole family, featuring local chef demonstrations, a wine & beer tasting garden, artichoke-inspired delicious food, a Kids Zone, fantastic musical entertainment, an Agro Art competition, arts & crafts booths, an artichoke quilting challenge, and best of all, great vendor-attendee contests held specifically to pour more “awesome-sauce” into the attendee-vendor relationship at the Festival! Proceeds from the Festival are used to support Castroville’s neighboring community organizations and activities. All donation recipients must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
This year, along with our popular Treasure Hunt contest for attendees, vendors with the best Artichoke-themed display can win our Best in Show contest. Vendors, show us your creativity with artichokes! A great Artichoke centered booth display will qualify you for some fantastic prizes. Watch your email for a special announcement and more information about the contests.
The Artichoke Festival also welcomes arts organizations, non-profits, and neighborhood groups to participate. Artisans, Crafters, and Non-profits receive discounts off the commercial vendor fees.
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is held at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds, with room for lots of vendors! Eligible vendors include: Artists, Crafters, Non-Profit Organizations, Commercial, and Food Vendors. Unsure if you are eligible? See descriptions below, or email us at email@example.com
$450 for Commercial Vendors (10’x10’ booth)
Vendors and commercial retailers who are selling or exhibiting products which are mass-produced, imported, mass-marketed or manufactured by or purchased from a wholesale or retail provider. Vendors selling prepackaged, bulk foods are included in this category.
$325 for Arts & Crafts Vendors (10’x10’ booth)
Artists and crafters who personally make their own products or merchandise for sale. Vendors who sell imported, manufactured, mass-produced, or mass-marketed items are not eligible for this booth price.
$100 for Non-Profits (10’x10’ booth)
Both nonprofit vendors who are selling products or services, and those providing information only are included in this category. Please upload a copy of your proof of non-profit tax exempt status with the link provided in the form.
Food Vendors (Fees based on booth sizes below)
The fee is $825 per 10ftx10ft space, $1,025 per 10ftx15ft, and $1,225 per 10ftx20ft space for the two-day festival. All non-profit (501(c)3) may subtract $200.00 from their total with proof from IRS.
City and County permit forms are provided as PDF downloads within the online registration system, and may or may not be required for your particular operation. Inclusion of these applications for download is for convenience only and does not in any way imply or guarantee that the City of Monterey, Monterey County, or State of California will issue licenses or permits applied for by Vendor. When directed, please upload a copy of the completed license applications or license with vendor registration submission as proof. Do not mail your original City or County license application/fee, or licenses to us.
Food Vendor County Health Dept. Permits
ALL Food Truck or Food Concessions Vendors (prepared on-site, ready-to-eat) must provide us with a copy of their Monterey County Health Department’s Temporary Food Facility Permit application. Those vendors selling wholesale or bulk pre-packaged foods, such as baked goods, olive oils, jarred pickles, and jams, may apply as a Commercial vendor, but are also required to apply for the Monterey County Health Department’s Temporary Food Facility Permit. Include a copy of your completed Health Department TFF permit application with Festival Vendor registration. Do not mail your original TFF application and fees, or permit to us; we will not be able to forward it.
REGARDING LIABILITY INSURANCE:
We now bundle the booth rental fees with vendor insurance coverage. Vendors will no longer be required to provide two separate Certificates of Insurance, saving time and costs for additional vendor certificates.
Final welcome packets with vendor booth location, entry tickets, set-up details, and parking info are provided during Vendor set-up at the Fairgrounds. Registration deadline is April 1, 2019. A $50 late registration fee will be applied to all Vendor applications received after this date. All Vendors must be approved by the Vendor Committee. Acceptance will be sent via preferred communication method chosen during ONLINE REGISTRATION process.
We are proud to support the Monterey County Fair & Event Center’s Sustainability Policy!
Food Waste Collection Program and Sustainability Policy: As of April 1, 2016 California legislation (AB1826) requires food waste be collected separately for “recycling.” The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, in cooperation with the Monterey County Fair & Event Center and Blue Strike Environmental, is participating in this mandatory waste reduction and recycling policy for all exhibitors, vendors, and concessionaires. Vendors are expected to comply with AB1826, and separate food waste from recycling and trash. Information about acceptable materials and food waste recycling can be downloaded here, and will be provided to Vendors prior to the event. Education and training will be provided to food vendors before the start of the event.
FESTIVAL SET-UP & PARKING FOR VENDORS
(Please refer to the application contract for a complete list of regulations per your vending area.)
Set-Up: Vendors may set-up their booths on Friday, May 31, 2019 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., (10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. for Food Vendors), or on June 1, 2019 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. All vehicles must be off festival grounds by 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2019. Vendors are required to attend both days of the 59th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival. Vendors are not allowed to remove merchandise from their booth until the festival is closed for the day. No vehicles will be allowed on festival grounds during the hours of festival operation. Vendor’s booth is required to be staffed at all times during the festival’s regular hours of operation.
Parking: A limited number of RV parking spaces will be available on and/or near the festival grounds, at the rate of $50.00 per day. The RV parking fee covers arrival by no earlier than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 and departure by no later than 6:00 p.m. on June 2, 2019. If you must arrive or depart before or after these times, prior written consent and approval must be obtained from the County of Monterey and payment in the amount of $50.00 per additional day may be required or assessed by the County of Monterey at its sole discretion. For further information, please contact the Monterey County Fairgrounds Administration Office at (831) 717-7167, or visit their website.
Camping: Camping on festival grounds is absolutely prohibited. No ice chests will be allowed onto the festival grounds after the festival opens each day.
Driving directions to the fair grounds.