Share Your Story. Be an Exhibitor.

Exhibiting in the taste pavilions at Slow Food Nations is an opportunity to build community through food, share your story, and celebrate food and agricultural traditions. Join the Slow Food community at the most important North American good food event in 2017! Slow Food Nations exhibition is not your typical tradeshow or convention. Being an exhibitor at this event will connect businesses, nonprofits, and local Slow Food chapters with consumers who value good, clean and fair food; create the opportunity to sell your product to a new audience; and foster new connections between producers and buyers from across North America.

Who can be an exhibitor?

Producers – Makers of artisanal foods & beverages; Producers prioritizing craftsmanship and authenticity; Farmers & fishers using sustainable practices; Representatives featuring traditional foods, farming and indigenous food cultures; Cookware, cutlery, barware & tabletop companies; Ecologically- minded clothing & textile manufacturers.

Nonprofits – Environmental sustainability and food advocacy organizations; Slow Food Chapters showcasing local producers, experts, and chefs; food and consumer educators.

Food producers will be given priority and make up the majority of exhibitors at Slow Food Nations. We are excited to welcome other types of producers and partner non-profit organizations as exhibitors, sponsors and participants in other aspects of the event. Exhibitors are expected to demonstrate alignment with Slow Food’s mission of good, clean and fair food for all. They must also have the ability to serve and engage with an expected 10,000 attendees (including staffing, samples, collateral, etc).

Benefits
  • Profile featured on this website (Exhibitors registered before February 28th will have their profiles on the site for the public launch!)
  • Reach an estimated 20,000+ targeted and motivated attendees
  • Create and build brand awareness among your target audience
  • Drive traffic to your website and retail locations
  • Sample and sell your products
  • Connect with like-minded producers
  • Opportunity to participate in other areas of the event, i.e. workshops, dinners, talks, pop-up events, etc.
Costs
  • $895 before March 31, 2017
  • $995 after March 31, 2017

A $450 deposit guarantees your space and is non-refundable. The final balance is due by May 31, 2017.

Includes:

  • 8’x 8′ footprint
  • 24-hour security
  • Refrigeration storage (2’x2′ footprint)
  • Electricity (one 110volt line)
  • Exhibitor profile on our website
  • Registration and deposit before March 31st includes one complimentary delegate spot; after March 31st a delegate spot will be discounted to $100
  • Discount code to share with your network for designated events

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am an exhibitor and I also want to be a delegate?

If you register and pay your deposit before March 31st, you will receive a complimentary delegate spot. If you register after March 31st, you will receive a discount delegate fee of $100.

How long will it take to hear back about the application?

Applications for exhibitors will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Exhibitors will be notified within two weeks if they are accepted to this year’s Slow Food Nations. If so, they will be sent a series of follow-up steps to begin the exhibitor process.

Can vendors leave their booth displays up overnight?

Yes, there will be security in the area to allow exhibitors to leave displays overnight.

What times will the exhibitor booths be open/when can exhibitors begin their set up process?

Saturday July 15th : 10AM – 6PM
Sunday July 16th: 10AM – 4PM

*Exhibitors load in begins 5AM on Saturday, set up should be complete by 9AM

Can multiple exhibitors share a booth?

Slow Food wants to encourage the participation of smaller producers in the taste marketplace. Therefore, it is possible for producers to share a space. We will need one point of contact per space who will coordinate all of the logistics with our team. Note** Only one delegate ticket will be included per exhibitor booth.

What should I bring for my booth?

Exhibitor will receive an electronic packet detailing what to bring to the event. As a general guideline, we are trying to minimize waste at the event, so when thinking about materials please keep this in mind.

What are the food handling guidelines that need to be met for serving hot and cold food onsite?

A vendor coordinator will be following up with exhibitors a few weeks after being accepted into Slow Food Nations to help coordinate these details.

What are the licensing and taxation requirements for selling food onsite?

A vendor coordinator will be following up with exhibitors a few weeks after being accepted into Slow Food Nations to help coordinate these details.

Will all vendors have access to electricity and refrigeration?

Electricity and refrigeration are included in the exhibitor fee. Electricity will be available directly at booths and refrigeration and storage will be available on-site. After signing up to exhibit, a coordinator will follow up within a few weeks to assist exhibitors in securing any amenities needed.

Can wine/beer/spirits producers participate in the marketplace?

Due to regulations, alcoholic beverage producers cannot participate directly in the Flavor Bazaar taste marketplace. However, there are many ways for these producers to take part in Slow Food Nations. We will have more details soon, in the meantime please contact us with interest or questions.