Harvest Moon Local Food Festival Sept. 14, 2019
Vendor criteria: Harvest Moon Local Food Festival is open to vendors of food (grown, harvested or made in Alaska) and medicinal/wellness/personal care products made from locally grown or wild-harvested ingredients; food trucks featuring healthy, local ingredients; and educational booths relevant to the purpose of the festival.
A little background: Kenai Local Food Connection has organized and hosted Harvest Moon Local Food Week since 2013. Our first all-day festival, held Sept. 15, 2018, in Soldotna Creek Park, drew over 2000 people of all ages and 30+ vendors and food trucks. Happy vendors and festival-goers gave us rave reviews as well as valuable suggestions for improvement. This year’s festival will again feature live music, free kids’ activities, food demonstrations, the popular Fermentation Station and all sorts of Alaska Grown and Made in Alaska food products. New this year: wandering performers, expanded seating for the main stage and food demonstrations, more music and more food trucks!
Booth fees and supporting the festival: We set very low introductory rates for the 2018 festival. Vendors told us they did SO well, we are trying a new method. Rather than setting fixed rates, we are asking vendors to choose the level at which they want to support the festival. In other words, you set a rate that makes sense for you.
After submitting the vendor application, you will be directed to PayPal to make a deposit:
$20 per 10’x10’ booth space (Early Bird rate through Aug. 1)
$40 per 10’x20’ booth space (Early Bird rate through Aug. 1)
After Aug. 1, deposit rates increase:
$30 per 10’x10’ booth space
$60 per 10’x20’ booth space
Near the close of the festival on Sept. 14, you will decide what constitutes a meaningful contribution based on your sales that day. We’ll provide an envelope for any contribution you would like to make in addition to your pre-festival deposit. Conversely, if you feel you overpaid, you can request a partial refund in the amount you choose.
Refund policy: All advance deposits/contributions help us put on a great festival. In the event your application is not accepted after review by Kenai Local Food Connection, your deposit will be refunded upon request. In the event you decide not to attend the festival after applying, your deposit can be refunded provided we receive your request by September 1. Otherwise, deposits are non-refundable.
Direct link to the vendor application form: Vendor Application
Reducing Waste at the Festival: In an effort to reduce waste, we are again partnering with ReGroup to offer recycling stations throughout the festival. We are asking that all vendors work toward recyclable and compostable serving containers for the event.
Partnering organizations and major sponsors include Kenai Peninsula Foundation, Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District, Ionia, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Alaskan Boreal Herbs, ReGroup, Central Peninsula Garden Club and the Alaska Farmers Market Association.
Kenai Local Food Connection is a volunteer-run organization located in the Central Kenai Peninsula with the mission of forging connections within our community to increase access to local foods and knowledge about healthy eating. Each year, we publish the Kenai Loves Local Food Directory, sponsor winter film showings and cooking classes, and facilitate activities during Harvest Moon Local Food Week.