Stricter guidelines for TFE Permit Vendors will be in effect this year from the Mitchell County Inspections Department. Any canopy 16 feet or larger in any dimension is subject to a building permit. There must be 20 feet between each 16 foot or larger tent unless they are lined up end to end and secured together. Fabric canopies of any size must be manufactured with fire retardant materials, and must have a fire retardant label permanently affixed when food is being cooked within 20 feet of the canopy. If your canopy is 16' or larger, please call the Mitchell County Inspections Department at (828) 688-4771 or email Tommy Winchester, Building Inspector, at email@example.com for detailed information. See the Food Vendor Application for details on vendor fees and rules.
Commercial food vendors must provide a Certification of Liability Insurance to be submitted with the application and fee. This certificate is not required for non-profit food vendors. Preference will be given to non-profit organizations, cooks, and suppliers of farm products from the Tri-County area.
Some foods to consider: corn on the cob, nachos, chili, popcorn, breads, salads, desserts, fresh fruit/berries, homemade ice cream, jams & jellies, etc.
Festival organizers will seek to approve vendors so that a wide variety of foods will be available to festival attendees, and to minimize duplication of menus except for the BBQ vendors.
Spaces for food vendors are limited, so apply early to nail down your space and the products you want to sell.