2016 Vendors

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VENDOR REGISTRATION

Thank you for your interest in vending at our festival!  

FARM TO FORK ON COMMON GROUND is a unique festival providing an opportunity for Ontario’s non-GMO and organic sector (farmers, producers, distributors and retailers) to connect their products with engaged consumers, increase brand and non-GMO/organic awareness, educate consumers, and ultimately promote and boost Ontario’s organic farm-to-fork economy!

We are the ONLY festival in Toronto with exclusively non-GMO & organic fare!

See the excitement and energy in the vendor marketplace at the 2015 Toronto GMO-Free Festival!

The festival’s goal is five-fold:

  • to increase awareness about the environmental and health risks associated with genetically modified food
  • to educate consumers with facts about industrial agriculture’s impact on our environment
  • to empower people to take action and vote with their dollar in their own communities
  • to celebrate Organic Week and all the safe food options available in the GTA
  • to honour the conscientious farmers and businesses who work so hard to serve us!


Last year nearly 3,000 people came through our GMO-Free Festival marketplace. The event was a huge success, connecting farmers to curious and concerned citizens, organic foodies, environmental defenders, food safety advocates and seed saving warriors.

This year, bringing in a new audience of people who’ve attended Fort York’s On Common Ground festival for the past four years, FARM TO FORK ON COMMON GROUND is a win-win opportunity for you to showcase your farm/business/products to a large group of interested, engaged customers, many of whom already appreciate the value of organic.

Vendor pricing is extremely reasonable for the festival and based on the honor system.  Even though the festival has expanded to two days this year, we decided to keep the pricing the same as last year.  

Our Sponsor fees are shared with Fort York; however, 100% of Vendor fees goes to the Coalition to help cover costs associated with producing the festival, to support future Coalition projects and events and most importantly, to allow us to continue our important educational and advocacy work.

We are relying on the support of businesses such as yours to ensure that this important community event is visible and successful.

Thank you for your consideration!

Please Read the conditions below before submitting a Vendor Application.

Vendor Conditions

  • Tabling applications are subject to a jury process to ensure that all participants support the vision of the Toronto Non-GMO Coalition.

 

  • All food and beverages being sampled or sold MUST be certified organic, OR free of GMOs, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and synthetic fertilizers.  Proof may be required.

 

  • Vendors may sell prepared foods or sample and sell packaged goods.

 

  • Vendors must be knowledgeable about the product being sold and are encouraged to discuss how their food is grown/produced, answer questions and educate the customer on how the product relates to Farm to Fork.

 

  • Prepared food vendors are asked to use as many local and market-sourced ingredients in their products as possible and to highlight direct farm connections.

 

  • Vendors are asked to use minimal packaging and environmentally responsible plates, cups, napkins and utensils.

 

  • Vendors may provide their own booth set-up or rent from the Coalition.  All tents must be safely secured; staking is not permitted.

 

 

  • Hand-washing stations and food-handler certificates are mandatory for vendors serving prepared foods and beverages.

 

  • Vendors are requested to sell prepared food and beverage at wholesale or special festival price.

 

  • All vendors, except non-profits, will be responsible for having the appropriate Ontario sales tax number and for collecting the appropriate HST.

 

  • Craft vendors MUST have a connection to GMOs, organic and/or Farm to Fork mission

Farmers’ Market-Specific Vendor Conditions

  • All produce must be certified organic, or non-certified organic but free of GMOs, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and synthetic fertilizers.  Proof may be required.

 

  • All produce must be grown locally and no more than 30% of a vendor’s produce can come from other than their own farm (or land directly under their management)

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR VENDORS 

VENDOR APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! :   THURSDAY, SEPT. 8  
(Vendors will receive confirmation of participation within 1 business day of application submission.)


Payment due date:
Upon confirmation of participation


TO Public Health/TEMP FOOD VENDOR FORM DEADLINE EXTENDED!:  THURSDAY, SEPT. 8

 

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VENDOR FAQ

Is the event rain or shine?
Yes, the event is rain or shine. This is one of the reasons we have made vendor tents mandatory.

Who attends Farm to Fork festivals?
FARM TO FORK ON COMMON GROUND
is a unique festival providing an opportunity for the Ontario non-GMO and organic sector (farmers, producers, distributors and retailers) to connect with engaged consumers.  We are the ONLY Toronto festival offering exclusively non-GMO and organic food.

Nearly 3,000 people attended our 2015 GMO-Free Festival following the March Against Monsanto, many of whom appreciated the importance of sustainable agriculture, responsible technology, and the importance of voting with their wallet by boycotting GMOs and choosing local and organic.

However, every year it is our goal to attract as many people as possible who are just hearing about GMOs, and are curious to learn more about them and the reasons to choose organic for their health and the environment.  These are the customers we welcome with open arms and seek to educate and empower!

How much does it cost to be a vendor?
Vendor pricing is extremely reasonable for the festival and based on the honor system.  Even though the festival has expanded to two days this year, we have kept the fees the same as last year.

  • $250 – Business w/ annual sales of $50k to $100k
  • $175 – Business w/ annual sales of $10k to $50k
  • $75 – Business w/ annual sales of $1k to $10k
  • $50 – Farmer/beekeeper/non-profit org.
  • $0 – Individual or community group

 

What do Vendors receive?

  • company featured on NONGMO.TO
  • online pre- and post-festival social media promotion
  • the opportunity to have your booth and products photographed on the day of the event, with photos made available for your own promotional efforts
  • full-time security the day of the event, as well as secured overnight storage
  • all infrastructure provided including washrooms, garbage removal, water supply, free parking etc.
  • opportunity to educate, showcase and sell product to thousands of hungry guests who appreciate the value of organic, non-GMO, safe & healthy food
  • big karma points for supporting the Toronto Non-GMO Coalition, helping to educate the public and boosting the Ontario organic industry

 

Can I share a booth and fees with another vendor?
No, only one vendor to each booth.

Can I set up a day earlier?
Yes, vendors are required to begin setting up their booths on Friday, September 23, the day before the festival, anytime after 1pm.

I’m a non-profit and/or community group. Is there a discounted fee?
We do offer a discounted vendor fee for non-profit orgs and community groups. Please see vendor pricing above.

Can vendors choose where they are located?
Vendors are not able to choose their festival location, but can put in a request to be set up near another vendor. Spaces will be organized to ensure an appropriate product mix, customer experience and in consideration with the needs of vendors’ products.

Is parking available for vendors?
Yes! On-site parking will be available.

I can only vend at the festival for one day, does that mean my booth fee is reduced?
Because the festival is an important fundraiser for the Coalition, we regret there are no discounted vendor fees for one-day participants.

Can I reserve a space larger than 10’ x 10’?
Yes, in particularly for restaurants/chefs who require addl space. Please contacts us or indicate as such on your vendor application.

Will there be a Special Occasion Permit for the selling of beer and wine?
Yes, for those vendors selling alcohol, the SOP license will cover the entire grounds of the Fort.