2017 Food Vendor Information

Thank you for your interest in selling food at Tucson Meet Yourself.

There are two categories of food vendors at TMY: 25 slots are reserved for VIP Vendors. These are the cultural clubs, churches and nonprofit associations that are part of the festival’s core mission. The VIP vendors have already been selected by invitation only.

Approximately another 30 food vending spots will be made available through a competitive process. This is the process that applies to any food vendor who did not receive a private VIP invitation.

All applications are evaluated fairly and transparently.

NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS, FRANCHISES, or NON-LOCAL OPERATORS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017. (The application link is at the bottom of this page)

The Fee Schedule for TMY food vending in 2017 can be reviewed here.

Before submitting an application, please be aware of these important considerations:

1)    There are always MORE applicants than we can accept.

2)    Prior participation in the festival is not a guarantee for acceptance.

3)    As a general rule we don’t accept more than 2 or 3 vendors who sell the same kind of food or represent the same cultural tradition. If we already have met the limit of food vendors selling the same kind of food you propose to sell, most likely we won’t be able to extend an invitation for your participation.

4)    No specific locations at TMY can be promised to any vendor; festival staff will do their best to work a suitable location for those accepted.

5)    Food vendors must abide by ALL the TMY rules stated in the Statement of Commitment. See the Statement of Commitment HERE.

6)    TMY does NOT collect any additional fees or percentages on the food sold at the festival. A one-time only participation fee is all that we require.

7)    TMY is primarily an educational cultural event. We expect people to learn about each other with respect and dignity through the exchange of foodways in an open space.

8)    Most food vendors do well at the event; we pride ourselves in being a platform to raise funds that are re-invested in the local economy and help with the transmission of cultural diversity. However, we cannot guarantee that all vendors will make a profit at the event. Vendors’ margins of earnings at TMY can vary anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 over the three days. It is up to the individual vendor to come up with an effective plan to be successful at the event.

9) For information on Pima County health vending regulations and permits, visit: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=783

Click here to fill out application.

For questions related to food vending, email us at tmyfood@gmail.com.  The TMY central office staff can be reached at (520) 621-4046.