Fondue Fest Vendors
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership again welcomes potential vendors to submit applications for the annual Fondue Fest. Application deadline is August 2, 2019. Applications received after August 2 will incur a late fee and may not request specific spaces.
Paper applications are also available for download here: Fondue Fest Paper Vendor Application
To request that a blank application be mailed to you, please call 920-322-2006 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vending Costs & Details
Ready-to-Eat Food Vendors - $45 per 10 linear feet of curb space - All spaces at Fondue Fest are on the street, adjacent to the curb, in increments of 10 feet long by varying widths, 10 feet from the centerline of the street. (10x10 tents WILL fit in spaces.) No vendor will be permitted to erect displays closer than 10-feet from the centerline of the street. Spaces are numbered on the curb.
Non-Food Vendors - $35 per 10 linear feet of curb space - All spaces at Fondue Fest are on the street, adjacent to the curb, in increments of 10 feet long by varying widths, 10 feet from the centerline of the street. (10x10 tents WILL fit in spaces.) No vendor will be permitted to erect displays closer than 10-feet from the centerline of the street. Spaces are numbered on the curb.
Kids Zone Vendors - $25 per 10 linear feet of curb space - The Kids Zone area is designed for vendors who are interested in providing activities specifically geared toward children and is held in the US Bank parking lot on the corner of Sheboygan and Portland Streets. Vendors in this area will tear down at 2 p.m. and are given a $10 per space discount based on the shortened vending time.
Full Season Farmers Market Vendors - $25 per 10 linear feet of curb space - Full season farmers market vendors are given a discounted Fondue Fest rate. Spaces at Fondue Fest do NOT allow for vehicles to be behind tents. If your vehicles remains on street, it must be part of your vending display. No vendor will be permitted to erect displays closer than 10-feet from the centerline of the street. All vendors must be on site by 8:15 a.m. and may not tear downtown until 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Business Owners - Downtown businesses are allotted up to two 10-foot vending spaces for free (a total of 20 linear feet). If you need more than that, it is $15 per 10 feet. You must be setup in your space when the festival opens at 9 a.m.
Electrical Access - A limited amount of outlets are available for those requiring electrical access. Reserve one 15 AMP outlet for $25. Circuits are limited to 15 Amps regardless of number of cords. Vendors requiring additional electricity must supply their own low-noise, low-emission generators. This applies on to vendors on Main Street.
Fondue Fest Vendor Resources
Wisconsin Form S-240 (required for any vendors selling products)
Commercial Feed Licensing (required for selling pet foods/treats)
Vending Rules & Schedule
- Festival goers must be wearing a wristband in order to purchase alcohol. ID-check and wristband distribution will be near the information tent and near the north and south music stages.
- Vendors must have the necessary licenses in place to sell alcohol at their stand.
Barricades are set up to allow festival staff to prepare the street for vendors.
7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Street available for vendors set up. Please do not attempt to enter the barricaded area before 7:00 a.m. Please drive from north to south. As you arrive into the festival area, please check with one of the Event Volunteers to make sure you are setting up in the correct space. Unload and remove your vehicle from the street as quickly as possible.
Vehicles must be off the street. Everyone open for business; festival begins.
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Vendors pack up. Vehicles allowed on Main Street to reload. Please drive slowly and carefully, as many pedestrians will still be vacating the street.
Streets will reopen to standard vehicular traffic.
- Each vendor space is 10 feet wide along the curb. There must be a total of 20 feet of clearance in the middle of Main Street to accommodate emergency vehicles. Event volunteers and police will enforce this rule before and during the festival.
- Vehicles should be parked in public spaces on side streets or in parking ramps; Chase Bank parking lot is reserved for customer parking only. If you plan to sell out of your vehicle, it needs to fit in your assigned space.
- Sidewalks must have 5 feet clearance for pedestrian traffic.
- Please leave your space as you found it or clearner. Grease and other hazardous materials cannot be poured down the city sewer system. Please dispose of properly. A map of dumpster locations will be distributed in mailed materials; vendors should dispose of trash directly into dumpsters instead of trash cans which are intended for festival attendee use.
- Electricity is only to be used by vendors that have paid the $25 per cord fee.
- Each light pole cannot exceed 15 amps. For example, one Nesco roaster to one outlet on a light pole.
- Vendors must provide all necessary equipment and supplies. If provided access to electricity, please note that some outlets are 10 or more feet away from the vendor space; you are responsible for providing your own extension cords.
- Cords must be secured down to prevent tripping.
- If you have problems during the event please find an event volunteer to assist you.
- If your wares include food items – especially sweet items – please bring bee traps. Bees are aggressive this time of year.
- Dogs are allowed at Fondue Fest.
- Per city ordinance, dog leashes must be 6ft. or less and under owner control at all times.
- Dogs may not enter food tents or be allowed close enough to food to "mark."