2022 Event Dates: June 11-12
Time: Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
The Artichoke Festival is a unique, two-day outdoor event—celebrating all things ARTICHOKE! An estimated 7,000-8,000 visitors attend the Artichoke Festival to enjoy fun for the whole family, featuring featuring artichoke cooking demos by local chefs, artichoke ag-education activities, a fabulous farmer’s market where artichokes are the hero, artichoke-inspired delicious food, activities for kids, a family fun run, great musical entertainment and more. 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.
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 rates.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2022
The Artichoke Festival is held at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds, with room for lots of vendors!
A $100 deposit (refundable up to 4 weeks prior to event start date—nonprofits exempt), along with the fully completed and signed application form, a copy of current resale license, and two (2) photos of booth and/or merchandise display will hold a space until application deadline on April 30, 2022. After that time, uncompleted registrations will forfeit prior booth assignments and be released into open space que.
Space fees include entry passes for booth workers, and liability coverage provided by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA). Electrical services, tables and chairs can be rented, fee schedule located on the application.
NOT included in space fees: tent/canopy, parking, required state/county/city licensure and permit fees.
Eligible vendors include: Artists, Crafters, Non-Profit Organizations, Commercial, and Food Vendors. Unsure if you are eligible? See descriptions below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Vendors ($400 – 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.
Arts & Crafts Vendors ($275 – 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.
Non-Profits ($75 – 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 $750 per 10ftx10ft space, $950 per 10ftx15ft, and $1,050 per 10ftx20ft space for the two-day festival. Rig size can be indicated on the form. We also welcome Food Trucks.
Non-profit food vendors: please contact us at email@example.com <mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org>, or 888-808-7707, ext 2.
Permits & Licenses
Links to City and County permit forms are provided within the online registration system and below. Please refer to documentation on the Vendor application form for requirements for your particular operation. Please upload a copy of each completed license application or final license with vendor registration submission as proof. Copies only! Do not mail your original City or County license application, fee or licenses to us; we will NOT be able to forward them.
Here are some handy links to help with the required permits or licenses you’ll need in order to operate as a vendor at our event:
Register for a California Seller’s permit: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/permits-licenses.htm
Apply for City of Monterey Temporary License To Do Business (every vendor needs this regardless of selling or not selling, whether your business is a for-profit or non-profit): http://cmbuslic.ci.monterey.ca.us/businessLicenseApplication/
Food and Beverage sellers: apply for a Monterey County Health Dept Temporary Food Facility permit: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument?id=24906
Inclusion of these website links 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.
Regarding 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 or Arts & Crafts vendor, but are also required to apply for the Monterey County Health Department’s Temporary Food Facility Permit covering free samples. As proof of permit, include a copy of your completed Health Department TFF permit application with Festival Vendor registration. Upload a COPY of the application or permit only! Do not mail your original TFF application and fees, or permit to the Festival; we will NOT be able to forward it to the Health Dept.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY AND DISEASE PREVENTION NOTICE:
As a public event, the Artichoke Festival must comply with all CDPH and County Health Dept. safety guidelines at the time of the event is held. Head counts and space capacity will be closely monitored and state fire safety rules will be enforced. And, depending upon the status of Health Dept restrictions at the time of the event, all Vendors may be required to bring proof of fully completed COVID-19 Vaccination, or negative test results.
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 30, 2022. 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 and PARKING FOR VENDORS
(Please refer to the application contract for a complete list of regulations per your vending area.)
Set-Up: Logistics and deliveries on the grounds during set-up must be carefully orchestrated to avoid delays and traffic snarls. Food Vendors may set up their booths on Friday, June 10, 2022 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and be prepared for Fire Marshal inspection after 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Commercial, Arts & Crafts, and Nonprofit Vendors will be allowed to set-up on Friday June 10, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 11, 2022 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 Saturday, June 11, 2022, and will not be allowed back on grounds until 5:30 p.m. and an all-clear signal is given on Sunday evening, June 12, 2022. Your booth is required to be staffed at all times during the festival’s regular hours of operation.
Parking: Space is extremely limited and Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. cannot guarantee that free parking spaces will be available to vendors. Vendors are encouraged to arrive early on the days of the event in order to find free parking on Fairground Road. All other parking on the Fairgrounds during hours of operation will be for fee only. If Vendor must enter grounds with, and wishes to store a trailer or equipment hauler, please request a special entry/parking pass for this purpose from the Vendor Coordinator. A limited number of RV parking spaces may be available on the festival grounds, at the rate of $70.00 per night. For further information about RV space, please contact the Monterey County Fair & Event Center Administration Office at (831) 717-7167, or visit their website at www.montereycountyfair.com.
Camping: Camping on festival grounds is absolutely prohibited. No ice chests (except those used in Food Vendor prep), will be allowed onto the festival grounds after the festival opens each day.
Driving directions to the fair grounds.
LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR ALL VENDORS:
CHANGE IN POLICY FOR 2022 — Liability insurance coverage is automatically provided to every vendor by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), so we won’t be asking for your proof of liability insurance (COI).
* Vendors whose activities include hands-on work with attendees (such as face painting, massage, etc.), and the sale of liquor will be required to provide certificates of insurance as proof of self coverage.