2024 Andouille Festival Food Vendor Application 


 As the St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival draws near, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in this 49-year-old tradition. This event draws nearly 22,000 patrons each year and offers great exposure to participating food vendors. The Andouille Festival is a great marketing opportunity where you could gain new customers and provide delicious menu items to thousands of festival goers. Just think how much your business or organization could benefit by participating in this year’s Andouille Festival! 

Food Vendor Information 

The Andouille Festival is focused on promoting local for-profit and not-for-profit establishments. Regardless of past participation, all vendors must apply annually for selection. To be considered by the food committee, vendors must adhere to the following: 

A proposed menu, including pricing, must be submitted. Other promotional materials describing your business, organization, and menu items are encouraged but not required. 

Vendors must serve at least 2 menu items. To support the festival namesake and the Louisiana seafood industry, suggested menu items must include at least 1 Andouille dish. (Exceptions are granted for Sweets booths only.) Applications will be excluded if the menu items do not include at least 1 Andouille dish. 

In keeping with the festival’s mission, local vendors will receive first consideration, but all are encouraged to apply. 

Pricing is in $1.00 increments with a maximum $8.00 on food items. 

In order to maintain a variety of different menu options, duplicate menu items are not allowed. First choice is given to vendors in the order in which applications are received. All applications are date and time stamped. 

Food vendors are expected to be on site and ready to sell by the opening of each day and must close operations at the close of each day in accordance with the Festival hours. Vendors found in violation will jeopardize future participation. 

Deadline 

Applications will be accepted Wednesday, July 3, 2024, through Wednesday, August 7, 2024. Applications may be submitted online during the open and close application deadlines. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2024, to be considered as a Festival vendor. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 6, 2024, on the status of their application. There will be a MANDATORY Arts & Craft meeting for selected vendors. (date and time TBA) 

Fees 

A $425 booth fee is required at the time of application. Applications will not be accepted without full payment and security deposit checks. Booth fees cover water, electrical service, and a 10’x12’ covered booth (tent). Each booth will include one 8’ table. All prospective vendors are required to attend a Food Vendor meeting. 

Security Deposit 

A separate security deposit check of $250 and self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with the application for any special or additional clean-up caused by vendors as identified by the Andouille Festival Committee. Deposits will not be returned if you open late on Friday or close early on Sunday. 

Entry fees will be returned to applicants who have not been accepted. Deposits will be returned by November 4, 2024, to selected vendors who comply with all Festival Vendor guidelines. 

Booth Spaces and Tents 

Each vendor is provided a designated booth space. Vendors are responsible for providing their own cooking and serving materials. Booth spaces are determined by the Festival Committee and are based upon electrical requirements. You will receive a vendor packet at the mandatory meeting indicating your booth space and set-up details. Please do not request special Festival placement. 

Signage 

The Festival Committee will provide and install a sign for each food booth displaying the vendor’s name as it appears on the application with a list of menu items and pricing. Once this list is verified and printed, any changes will be at the vendor’s expense. Signs provided by the Festival remain the property of the Festival and are not to be modified or removed by vendors. Security deposits will not be returned to vendors who alter or remove Festival signage. 

Health Department Requirements 

Individual food vendors must meet all requirements of the St. John Parish Health Unit. Sanitary measures and precautions must be maintained. The Festival reserves the right to inspect and require that food vendors correct unsanitary or unsafe conditions at any time. The Festival requires the right to close any booth if vendors are not in compliance with reasonable and acceptable safe and sanitary food handling and preparation practices. 

St. John the Baptist Parish reserves the right to monitor and regulate the appropriateness of all booths, vendors, etc. 


Food Vendor Application – 2024 

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Festival Rules & Regulations 

  1. St. John the Baptist Parish retains the exclusive and sole right to sell Official Andouille Festival art, souvenirs, and merchandise at The Andouille Festival. Vendors will not be allowed to sell any items that include the words, “St. John the Baptist Parish Annual Andouille Festival” or any derivative thereof including but not limited to, “Andouille Festival”, “Andouille Fest”, or “Annual Andouille Fest”. 
  2. Vendors may not sell or give away products that compete with any of the Festival sponsors. These sponsors will be listed in the accepted vendors’ confirmation packets. 

Booth Operations 

  1. This is a rain or shine event. 
  2. The Festival Committee will assign booth space. Space assignments are FINAL. 
  3. Vendors cannot sublease assigned booths. Subletting or sharing booth space may result in eviction from Festival. 
  4. Limited parking will be available by Festival passes only. Only four vendor passes and two parking passes per booth will be distributed. These parking passes will allow entry into the vendor parking lot. It is the responsibility of each food vendor to make arrangements for parking passes and/or vendor passes to be shared by their volunteers and workers. Any additional vendor passes must be purchased. 
  5. Vendors must have sufficient amount of product to operate during the required hours. 
  6. Vendors are responsible for having their own monies as change will not be provided by the Festival. 
  7. Active solicitation outside booth is prohibited. 
  8. Amplification devices, boom boxes, and walking vendors are prohibited. 
  9. Animals are not allowed. 
  10. No products depicting political campaigns, drug paraphernalia, pornography, or statements that may offend or demean any person/group are allowed. If seen, you will be told to remove those items and/or leave the event with no refund of fees. 
  11. Vendors will keep their location and surrounding area clean and free from litter. All garbage bags must be disposed of at designated locations throughout the Festival by you. Failure to keep your area clean will result in your security deposit being lost. 

Electrical 

  1. Electricity (110 amps) is provided to all food booths. If you must have electricity to operate, please note it in your application designated as such. Vendors must provide their own heavy duty (14 gauge) extension cord with a minimum length of 100 ft. You must also provide duct tape to properly tape down cord. 
  2. If electricity cannot be provided by the Festival, Whisper Quiet Generators ONLY will be allowed with prior approval. 
  3. All food vendors may not place anything other than used oil in grease barrels. If barrels are used to deposit any other debris, vendors will not be invited back and your security deposit will be kept. 
  4. All food vendors are required to have at least one, class ABC fire extinguisher. If cooking with a fryer, you are also required to have a class K fire extinguisher. 
  5. Food vendors may be subject to be inspected by the local electrical inspector at any time. 

Setup/Breakdown 

  1. Setup will begin on Friday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m. 
  2. Vendors are required to be open on Friday, October 18th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 20th, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  3. Breakdown will begin on Sunday, October 20th at 8:00 pm (Vehicles will be able to enter the Festival footprint once the police deem it safe and void of pedestrians). Vendors who breakdown their displays or depart before closing time on any day of Festival will not be allowed to return and will forfeit the deposit. 
  4. Booth spaces must be cleaned and cleared no later than Monday, October 21st at noon. 

Fees/Taxes/Refunds 

  1. Vendors are responsible for collecting, reporting and paying all sales taxes collected to the appropriate revenue division. Forms and information will be provided at the mandatory vendor meeting. 
  2. No refunds will be issued after September 25th, 2024. 
  3. If no incidents occur and all guidelines are followed, your deposit will be mailed back by November 4th, 2024. 

Security 

  1. Nominal security will be provided after hours. St. John the Baptist Parish will not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to participant’s 

property. 

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