The Board of Directors of the Festival of Arts is seeking applications from non-profit organizations to operate food concession stands at the 2017 Festival of Arts on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm.

If your organization would like to apply, please click on the proposal form below and submit it, along with a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee, to the Festival of Arts, c/o Nancy Dolenshek, 1012 Everest Blvd Wausau, WI  54403.  All submissions must be received no later than Friday, June 9, 2017.  All requested information must be complete and accurate.  In the event your application is denied, your fee will be returned.

When completing the proposal form please state exactly what food and beverage items your organization will sell.  Provide prices for food items only.  Minimum standard beverage pricing will be determined by you, the food vendors, as a group.  Only those items listed on your proposal will be allowed and we will work with vendors to minimize duplication.  Food sold must be for immediate consumption.  Non-food items and raffles will NOT be allowed.

To provide adequate space and electricity for your needs, it is imperative that your proposal include a complete list of the following:  all the appliances you will be using during the Festival; the type and exact dimensions of any structure(s) you will utilize and a list of any free-standing equipment i.e. grilles, soda coolers, shade canopies, tables, and chairs.  Only appliances and equipment listed on the proposal will be allowed.   Please remember that your structure and any equipment on your site must extend no more than 10 feet from the curb.  This is a public safety concern and will be strictly enforced.

The Marathon County Health Department’s brochure “Food Safety at Temporary Events” and information from the Wausau Fire Department entitled “Tents, Canopies and Membrane Structure Requirements” and “Temporary Cooking Equipment” may be accessed from the list provided below.  Please review this information and make sure that you meet all requirements.  The Fire Department requires all food vendors to have a minimum of one 2A-10BC fire extinguisher.  If you are cooking with grease or deep fat frying, you must also have a class K extinguisher.  All tents or canopies must be flame resistant and anchored with sandbags, or an equivalent, secured with a strong rope.  Every concession using grease must have a means of grease disposal and if run-off might be a problem, provide protection of street surfaces surrounding the concession stand and Oil-Dry, or an equally effective substitute, for the absorption of grease.  Vendors must not dispose of grease in the garbage dumpsters.

A representative of your organization is required to attend a mandatory meeting for all food vendors at the Marathon County Public Library in August to discuss location assignments and standard minimum pricing of beverages.     We also require a certificate of liability insurance for your organization be on file with us prior to setting up for the Festival. If your insurance renewal date is more than three weeks prior to the Festival, bring it to the meeting in August or mail us a copy to arrive no later than September 1st.  If your renewal is within three weeks of the Festival please bring it with you when setting up for the Festival.  All vendors must also post a copy of the certificate of insurance in your food vending location.

There will be NO cleaning deposit required of Festival Food Vendors this year, but remember when you pack up on Sunday to please leave your vending location as clean as you found it!

We thank you for your interest in the Festival of Arts and look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, please call Nancy Dolenshek at (715)843-7892.