Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival! The Taste of Maplewood is a culmination of Maplewood and Richmond Heights most renowned restaurants, beloved boutiques, and unique specialty stores.
Since the event’s inception, we have been committed to preserving the integrity of the event and the spirit of the Chamber, by limiting vendor opportunities to local businesses in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. While we appreciate the interest and inquiries of businesses outside our boundaries who wish to participate, we are dedicated to serving and promoting our local businesses and Chamber Members through this event platform.
Restaurants and specialty food stores have the opportunity to enter food and drink offerings into the celebrity food contest. Our panel of celebrity judges will sample all offerings and name winners in the following categories: Best Savory, Best Sweet Tooth and Best Cocktail.
- Vendors bringing their own tent/table can save 15% off fees with promo code MYOWN. Please note that it is required for all vendors to have a 10X10 tent to operate at the event. The discount is only applicable to registration fees-not add on items.
- Vendors bringing thier own tent MUST secure it with cement blocks or appropriately weighted vessel.
- Electricity is not included in registration fees. If vendor require electricty for any item, they must register and pay for it.
- Vendors selling food and alcohol must submit applications to appropriate entities in order to sell products that day.
- The event is held rain or shine unless weather becomes severe. We have experienced rain and pop up storms in prior years, but we have never had to cancel the event.
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT DEADLINE- Friday, April 19
VENDOR REGISTRATION DEADLINE- Friday, May 3
One of the following criteria makes your business/organization eligible to participate in the Taste of Maplewood
- Member of the Mid County Chamber of Commerce
- Hold a business license in the City of Maplewood or City of Richmond Heights.
“BEST OF” CELEBRITY FOOD CONTEST
The “Best Of” Taste of Maplewood Food and Drink Contest was introduced to the event in 2013. Each year, a panel of local celebrities are selected to sample the offerings at the event and identify winners in three categories: Best Sweet Tooth, Best Savory, Best Cocktail, and the ultimate winner, Overall Best Of Taste of Maplewood.
Our celebrity panel of judges have included Catherine Neville, Feast Magazine, George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine, Lern, KSHE 95, Allyson Mace, Sauce Magazine, John Carney, KTRS, Charlie Brennan, KMOX & KETC, Pat McGonigle, News Anchor KSDK, Mike Arnold, Gus Gus the Fun Bus, Molly Rose, Fox 2 News, Matt Sorrell, Sauce Magazine, Jean Carnahan, GoodFoodSTL.com, and more!
The 2019 Celebrity Food Judges announced so far include: George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine, Matt Sorrell, Sauce Magazine, Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, District 5- St. Louis County Council.
For a list of past winners of the “Best Of” Contest, use the link below.
Businesses pay a non-refundable registration fee to become a vendor. Vendors keep all proceeds made at the event. Vendor fees, unless otherwise specified OR when using promo code MYOWN, include a tent and table.
Additional fees are charged for electricity, additional tents, tables, etc. See “VENDOR DISCOUNT” for clarification on vendor fees.
Food/Alcohol Vendor Fees (Restaurants and specialty food vendors selling food AND alcohol)
Fee includes 10 X 10 tent, 8 foot table and option to purchase electricity.
Non Member: $650
Retail & Professional Vendor Fees (Retail, service, and professional businesses)
Fee includes 10 X 10 tent, 8 foot table and option for electricity.
Non Member: $320
Non-Profit/Community Vendor Fees (IRS 501c3 entities selling products/collecting info:non-members need 501c3 letter.)
Fee includes a 10 X 10 tent, 8 foot table, and option for electricity.
Non Member: $250
Non-Profit/Community Group-Info Only (IRS 501c3 organizations with free kid activity/info only)
There are no inclusions. Vendor is required to bring a 10 X 10 tent to participate.
Non Member: $150
Vendors may opt to purchase electricity, additional tents and/or tables. Those fees are as follows:
Electricity: $35 First Outlet/$15 additional one Additional Tent: $130 Additional Table: $35
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT
A discount is offered to all businesses who register AND pay their fees by April 19th. If a business registers but does not pay their registration fee until after April 19th, the early registration discount will NOT be honored.
PROMO CODE: MYOWN
Vendors have the option of saving money on registration fees by bringing their own tent/table by using promo code MYOWN during registration. The code will take 15% off their registration fees. The Chamber will not provide a tent or table to businesses using this code. (Non-Profit Info Only are not eligible for this discount). It is important to note that a 10X10 tent IS REQUIRED for participation in the event. Please note that using this code is “all or nothing”- we will not supply a tent OR table if the code is used.
Important-If a businesses chooses to use the code, they are required to provide a 10X10 tent and it is their responsibility to properly secure it for the weather. If a vendor does not provide a 10X10 tent and/or is unable to properly secure it for the weather, they will NOT be allowed to participate in the event and no refund will be offered. Please consider this carefully before choosing to utilize the code.
CHAMBER MEMBER DISCOUNT
Without businesses who invest in the Chamber and community throughout the year, events like the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival wouldn’t be possible! For this reason, members of the Chamber receive an additional discount on registration fees.
The Chamber will honor the discounts for all registering businesses who are members of the Chamber in good standing when applications are processed in April.
Unless special permission is granted, vendors may not sell: Beer, Wine, Soda, Water
Only businesses who currently hold a liquor license in their establishment may apply to sell liquor at the event. These businesses must secure a Temporary Caterer’s Permit through the State of Missouri to serve/sell alcohol at the event.
Businesses selling alcohol are limited to ONE signature cocktail
Businesses selling food or drinks must secure a Temporary Food Establishment Permit through the St. Louis County Health Department.
VENDOR REGISTRATION (STEP BY STEP)
Use the following step-by-step process to ensure you are properly registered to participate in the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival. The steps below are designed to inform businesses on the various permits required, but may be secured in any order.
Early registration discounts applies to registrations and payments received on or before April 20. The deadline to register for the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival is Friday, May 3 at Noon.
Step 1: Are you selling food or alcohol?
YES Go to step 2
NO Skip to Step 4
Step 2: Are you selling food?
YES Click here to access a Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application. Complete and return as directed.
NO Skip to Step 3
Step 3: Are you selling alcohol? * Businesses requiring a caterers permit (to sell alcohol) need to be a registered vendor of the event prior to applying for the permit.
YES Click here to access Application for Temporary Caterers Permit. *Complete and return as directed.
NO Skip to Step 4
Step 4: Online Vendor Registration/Payment-Click button below.
Step 5: Attend the Vendor Info Meeting which will be held the first week in May. It is highly encouraged that all Food and Drink Vendors attend the meeting, though, it only required for first time participants. It is optional for retail and community group vendors.