Frequently asked questions
STALLHOLDER PRICES – DAY RATES MAINTAINED AT 2016 PRICES
2017 – Two day event.
Local producers £300
Other producers £350
Hot Food Stallholder
Local producers £480
Other producers £530
With the luxury of having two days we are also extending the event into the evening on the Saturday featuring a bar, music and a pop up restaurant – this gives you the chance to extend your weekend trading.
Standard and Hot Food Stall Holders can apply for optional extended trading until 9pm on Saturday – £100 extra.
How do I apply?
If you came to Thame Food Festival last year you will automatically be accepted and you can book and pay straight away.
If you haven’t been to Thame Food Festival before we will consider your application in an initial selection panel. If successful you’ll then be asked to deliver a sample for final selection. Please note that providing samples in no way guarantees selection.
How many visitors attend the festival?
Last year we had approximately 28,000 visitors
Is there an entrance fee?
A small entrance charge in the region of £5 per day for adults will be introduced, children 16 and under will be free, to help keep the event sustainable
What are the trading hours?
Saturday standard trading is from 9am – 5pm with extended trading until 9pm for an additional fee
Sunday standard trading is from 10am – 5pm
Trading over both days is required.
When will set-up/pack down take place?
Set up can take place on Friday and pack down on Monday. If set up has to be on the Saturday then it will be before 9am and pack down on the Sunday will not be until after 5pm when visitors have left the site or the H&S Officer deems it safe for vehicles to come on site.
How do you decide upon who comes?
We have always taken care and time over the stall holder applications; we only let in producers of high quality food. We favour local artisan produce within a 30 mile radius. However, if produce is artisanal we are happy to take stalls from further afield but where there is an abundance of a particular category we will favour local over regional.
We don’t have too many of one category ensuring that each producer has a fair chance to sell on the day. This gives the festival the unique mix of producers and point of difference that everyone enjoys.
What can I do to help my chances of selection?
Within reason, give as much information with your application as possible. Website, Facebook page is important for us to do research. If you are cooking food for immediate consumption please provide a menu and your prices. We like to know origin of ingredients, how you prepare them and why you started your business – this helps us get to know you and we are always interested in the food producers we have at Thame Food Festival.
Why were there bigger food companies at the event in 2016?
To enable us to keep the stall holder pitch prices at a level for small artisan producers to afford, we need to attract more stall sponsorship from bigger food producers. Effectively these are subsidising our wonderful local artisan producers who are what this event is, and ALWAYS will be about.
Stall Holder Sponsorship packages are available here