To our vendors,
We are just two months away from the first Winter Garden Harvest Festival. This day-long event focuses on connecting the grass-roots with the deep-roots of our local food-shed by giving our local farmers, urban gardeners, hand-made crafters, food vendors, entrepreneurs and non-profits a venue to showcase the valuable products and services they provide to our community.
The stage is set, the community is abuzz with anticipation and those of us who have been at the plow preparing the soil for this festival are eager to show off our vendors to the citizens of Winter Garden and Central Florida.
This event is new to the city of Winter Garden and we want you to be involved. No, we NEED you to be involved. This is YOUR event.
"Without community support of our creative entrepreneurs, our unique dinning establishments and our small growers we resign ourselves to the increasing homogenization of our culture and food supply."
The average citizen of Winter Garden doesn't realize that the tomato they picked up from the local grocery-store is often a cheap imitation from out of state, but once they taste the locally grown heirloom varieties cooked up by our local chefs they'll never settle for a gas ripened knock-off again. The same can be said for people's department store purchases. Once a festival-goer realizes the creative bounty that exists in our local artisans they'll never settle for wearing anything other than a locally crafted, one of a kind original.
This is the whole point of creating this Harvest Festival: To raise awareness about the incredible variety and flavors that our local farms, crafters and restaurateurs produce year after year.
The vendor fees are as follows for early registration (before April 13):
*The Festival will extend a $25 discount to any Non-profit that provides one volunteer for at least 4 hours on the day of the event. (Limit 1 discount per organization. This discount is limited to the first 25 registrants.
**Handcraft vendors must vend original work (a list of items is required with your application)
***Small-scale producers must demonstrate eligibility for discounted rate.
We'd prefer not to have to charge anything, but we have to cover certain costs. This isn't a business venture but a community driven event after all and your fee is your way of partnering with us to create a truly amazing event for farmers, crafters and consumers alike.
Besides offering you this incredible venue to showcase your handcrafts, the Festival is also full of activities and seminars your whole family can participate in. While you man the booth let your children participate in the kids activities or you can take a break and stroll through the food court yourself and taste what some of our areas best restaurants are preparing with local ingredients. Regardless of whether you join our market as a vendor we do hope that you will come and enjoy the Festival with us.
If you would like to secure your space for the Winter Garden Harvest Festival market please click on the Register Now button below.
Thank you for your consideration & we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 5th.