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Welcome to the 22nd Annual Festival of Cultures! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 11:00 am-7:00 pm.

All entertainment will be held in the beautiful 1917 Coliseum and the vendors will close by in the surrounding area. There is plenty of parking in the vicinity, it is close to downtown, and Main Avenue is on the trolley route – there are so many positives for this change in location.

Do not hesitate to ask questions prior to registration or for help in getting your registration completed. Quite a bit has changed, so please read through everything. All registrations are completed on-line. If you need assistance, please call or email Christy (christy@sfmcc.org) at 367-7401.

Sales and Display vendors are able to pick your booth space(s) when you register. If a booth number is not listed, the space has already been taken. Booth spaces are limited, so the sooner you register, the more options available to you. Booth payment is required at registration. Communication to you will be handled through email, so please check your email frequently as we near the event. Feel free to contact us via phone or email with any questions.

Notes
  • A final and complete schedule of the day will be posted online and will be sent to you via email no later than June 1, 2018.
  • Food Booths may begin setup at 8:00 am and be ready for inspection by 10:30 am.
  • Setup for Sales booths can begin at 9:00 am and must be completed by 10:30 am.
  • Setup for Display booths can begin at 9:30 am and must be completed by 10:30 am.
  • Vendors that show up late will forfeit their space.
  • Your booth must be open and staffed from 11 am-7 pm on the day of the Festival.
  • If you decide to leave early, we reserve the right to deny acceptance at future events.
  • When arriving at for setup, check in at Headquarters for any last minute information.
  • You must provide your own display units, tables, chairs, and canopies. Many spaces are in full sun, so be prepared to protect yourself and your booth contents from the elements.
  • Each vendor is responsible for their own package pickup/delivery. Keep in mind you will not be able to drive your vehicle next to your booth. We highly recommend bringing and using a dolly, cart, wagon, or other method to assist in transporting your items to your booth.
  • Parking will not be allowed in the Old Courthouse Museum lot. This is reserved for their patrons. Parking is available to the west of The Coliseum and in the parking lot on Main Ave between 3rd & 4th Streets.
  • Sales & Display booth spaces 1-39 are approximately 10’x10’ and are located on a hard surface and ADA accessible. Sales/Display vendor booths 1-39 will NOT have access to electricity.
  • Reporting of sales tax is your responsibility. (8% tax rate-city, state, tourism)
  • The Festival of Cultures Committee will screen booths throughout the festival for compliance of rules. If the committee deems rules have been broken, you may be asked to leave.
  • The FOC and/or Multi-Cultural Center assumes no liability in cases of loss or damage to merchandise. Insurance is the responsibility of the vendor.
  • Multi-Cultural Center reserves the right to deny acceptance to booth registrations that do not promote and encourage diversity.
  • NO Refunds: There are no refunds once you have been registered. In the event of bad weather, an act of God, or any unforeseen event that could cause a cancellation of the event, does not entitle any exhibitor to a refund. Our policy is the festival will go on rain or shine.
Calendar
March 5, 2018 Deadline for earlybird booth rates.
May 21, 2018 Last day to register for food, display, sales booth space. No registrations accepted after this date.
June 1, 2018 All registrants will receive confirmation and any last minute instructions.
June 9, 2018
7:00 am Site opens for food vendor setup only
9:00am-10:30 am Sales/Display Vendors setup
10:30 am All food booths must be ready for inspection
10:30 am All booths must have setup complete
11 am-7 pm Festival Hours
7 pm-8 pm Tear down


Vendor Frequently Asked Questions

What if there is inclement weather?
The Festival will go on rain or shine! We will post information on Facebook and will send emails to registered vendors if there are any weather concerns. Safety of our vendors, visitors, and staff are top priority. Weather will be monitored throughout the day of the Festival.

What are the hours of operation?
The Festival of Cultures hours are Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Different from previous years, it will be held on our campus and in The Coliseum | 515 N Main Ave in Sioux Falls, SD. Booths must be staffed the entire time of the event.

What types of businesses are allowed to be vendors?
We do not discriminate against any cultures. As you can see from the list of vendors registered for 2013-2018, cultures represented include American, Bolivian, Colombian, East Indian, Filipino, South Sudan, Sudan, plus much more! We reserve the right to prohibit any vendors that do not promote or encourage diversity.

What is the deadline for vendor registration?
Early bird discount applies for registrations received by March 5th, 2018. Registration closes on May 21, 2018. We apologize if you have missed the deadline, but we cannot accept any late registrations.

When can I set-up?
Food vendors may start setting up at 7:00 am on the day of the event. Sales & Display Vendors may start setting up at 8:00 am.

When can I tear down?
All vendors must remain set-up & open until 7:00 pm on the day of the event. Teardown may begin promptly at 7:00 pm. All product and displays must be removed no later than 8:00 pm. We will have more specific tear down instructions when we send out registration confirmations by June 1, 2018.

Can I do a paper registration?
We are green! All registrations are completed online. If you are unsure how to complete the online registration, make an appointment with Christy via email or by calling 605.367.7401. We will be more than happy to walk you through it.

Can I pick the location for my booth?
Yes! Sales and display booth vendors may select their own booth space during the registration process. The earlier you register, the more likely your desired space is still available. Food vendors will be assigned locations and be notified no later than June 1, 2018 of their booth assignment.

What is the difference between a sales and display booth?
If there is any exchange of money for goods or services during the Festival of Cultures, you must register as a sales vendor. You are responsible for reporting sales tax (city, state, tourism-8.0%). FOC Committee members will screen booths throughout the day for compliance.

What beverages can I sell?
No vendors are allowed to sell or give away any type of beverages. The Multi-Cultural Center has exclusive rights to sell all beverages during the event.

Can I sell food or provide food/beverage samples from my sales or display booth?
Any sales or display booth vendor wishing to provide samples of food or beverages or sell pre-packaged food from their sales booth must receive written approval from the Multi-Cultural Center prior to registration.

What if it rains?
The Festival will be held unless inclement weather forces the cancellation due to safety concerns. There is no alternative location and no refunds will be issued. Be prepared to spend the day outdoors.

Where can I park?
There are 2 large parking lots - one to the west of The Coliseum and one just off Main Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets. Old Courthouse Museum parking lot is reserved for their patrons.

Can I rent a canopy or tables from MCC?
No, we do not have any rentals for this event.

Can I bring my own canopy?
Yes! You may bring your own canopy. Remember your vendor space is 10'x10'.

Do I have to bring my own tables and chairs?
Yes. Your booth rental includes only the space. We found many vendors already had their own displays and preferred to use them during the event.

Is there electricity?
Yes, but only for Food vendors.

What permits do I need to get for the event?
Food vendors must currently hold a SD Health Department food service permit and must also obtain a SD Health Department temporary food service permit for the event. The temporary food service permit is NOT included in your registration fee.

I already have a health permit, can I just use that?
All food vendors must obtain a temporary food service license for the day of the event, even if you already have a food service license.

How do I get a temporary food service permit?
The SD Department of Health office is located at 521 N. Main (directly across the lobby from our office). You must complete the registration and for a temporary food service permit you must pay a license fee of $70. We must receive a copy of your temporary food service license no later than May 21, 2018. The Health Department will perform inspections on all food vendors throughout the day with the first inspection beginning at 10:30 am.

What if I decide I can't attend the Festival of Cultures after I have registered?
There are no refunds once you have registered. In the event of bad weather, an act of God, or any unforeseen event that could cause a cancellation of the event, does not entitle any vendor to a refund. Our policy is the festival will go on rain or shine, provided it is safe to do so.

I want to know who I will be next to during the event. How can I find that out?
Click here for a list of vendors registered for 2018 and their booth numbers. The list will be updated regularly.

Who are some of the vendors you have had in the past years?
2017 Vendors
2016 Vendors
2015 Vendors
2014 Vendors
2013 Vendors


If you are ready to register, click here for Booth Registration.


For further information, please read through the FAQs. For further information or questions, please contact Christy via email or call 605.367.7401. We look forward to seeing you at the 22nd Annual Festival of Cultures on June 9, 2018!