Food Court Guidelines

Food Court Requirements

The Food Court is one of the most popular attractions at the VegFest and it is a great place for you to showcase your restaurant or food business! Our goal is for you to have a financially successful day selling your food items and for VegFest attendees to be able to sample and buy a variety of great tasting vegan food. With this goal in mind, we lowered the fee for Food Court vendors ($160) but we require that Food Court vendors provide free taste sample to those who ask. A nice taste sample display often leads to increased sales.  Food vendors who would rather not provide free taste samples may apply for a Standard Business Booth ($260.)

The Food Court category includes any business or non-profit group that is legally licensed or certified to make and distribute fresh-made or packaged food. Full-size servings or packaged products may be sold to the public. All foods served or sold must be 100% vegan (no animal products including lard, milk, butter, eggs, cheese, casein, whey, meat, meat broth, seafood, or honey).  We encourage food businesses to use recyclable/biodegradable serving products if possible as many of our attendees favor purchasing food items that are not packaged in plastic or Styrofoam. 

Food Court Fees

The food court fee is $160 per booth. The 10×10 space includes pipe and draping, 8’table with linens, 2 chairs, wireless internet service, and hooks on loan for hanging a banner. Electricity is available for an additional $65 in advance and $95 on the day of the event.

Health Department

An umbrella TFE permit will be obtained through the Oakland County Health Division for the entire event. However, if you are preparing food at the site, an individual, temporary food license must be obtained at the cost of $54. For questions, contact Randall Ruszkowski at or 248-343-5280. It is also required that you bring your restaurant license or kitchen certificate. A certified health inspector from Oakland County will be attending the event to check food temperatures, cleanliness, and serving methods prior to the start of the event at 10:30 a.m. Please note that specific guidelines must be observed, or you will be charged a fee by the Oakland County Health Division, or possibly your table will be shut down. These guidelines are available on the VegFest application form, and include ability to bring a thermometer, gloves, and serving utensils to the event, and have a process to keep hot food at greater than 140 degrees F, and cold food at less than 41 degrees F. Sample cups are the preferred method of sample distribution.

Day of Event

Food court category participants must have the ability to arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for set up, to be ready for food inspection around 9:30 am, and to be ready to serve the public at 10:30 am. Participants must be prepared to serve or sell food, or to promote their organization to the public, until the conclusion of the event at 5:00 pm. Additional instructions will be made available during and after the application process.

Application Process

If you can fulfill these requirements, we invite you to fill out a Preliminary Application.