Share Your Story.
Be a Marketplace Merchant.
Presented by Slow Food USA, the Taste Marketplace at Slow Food Nations is a gathering of producers and organizations who support good, clean and fair food. This is not your typical trade show. Slow Food is a global, grassroots nonprofit that bridges farmers and producers, individuals and businesses, Slow Food chapters and community leaders.
Connect with the Slow Food movement in the heart of downtown Denver over two bustling days: Saturday, July 20 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, July 21 from 10am-6pm. We provide the opportunity to sell your product to a new audience, get to know producers, buyers and eaters from across North America, and share your story at the most important North American food event of 2019!
Check out the incredible line-up of merchants from Slow Food Nations 2018 or see who is on board so far for this year’s festival! Scroll down for FAQs or take a look at our merchant deck for details and specs on the 2018 merchant experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or inquiries not answered here. See you in July!
Applications for the Taste Marketplace are now open!
Who is in the Taste Marketplace?
The Taste Marketplace is limited to 100 merchants to maintain a high quality experience for producers and visitors. Merchants align with Slow Food’s mission of good, clean and fair food for all, and have the ability to serve and engage with an expected 25,000 attendees.
Merchants — Makers of artisanal foods & beverages; producers prioritizing craftsmanship and authenticity; farmers & fishers using sustainable practices; representatives of traditional foods, farming and indigenous food cultures; cookware, cutlery, barware and tabletop companies; ecologically-minded clothing and textile manufacturers. Food producers have priority and make up the majority of merchants. We strongly encourage our merchant to offer samples to engage festival attendees!
Nonprofits — Environmental sustainability and food advocacy organizations; Slow Food chapters showcasing local producers, experts and chefs; food and consumer educators.
If being a merchant in the Taste Marketplace is not the right fit for you, we have other exciting opportunities as sponsors or participants in the programming. Contact us and let us know how you’d like to be involved and we’ll work together.
Booths & Costs
Merchants can opt for a single or double booth, or work with us to create a custom booth! All booths are beautifully designed and constructed with repurposed wood, counter space, and shelving. Single booths are a great option for smaller businesses that like a farmer’s market style set-up with a counter in the front of the booth. Double booths are great for those looking for more room and the option to open up your booth so that attendees can step in to your space. If you require a specialized booth size outside of the specifications below, please contact us directly!
- 8’x 8′ (single booth) or 8’x16’ (double booth) footprint booth constructed from reclaimed pine-beetle-killed wood equipped with 4′ tall and 8″ wide countertop for samples and displays. For a single booth, the front of the booth has a 4′ wide open entrance into the booth with 8″ wide counters wrapping around the other 4′ of the booth’s front with an 8′ wall in the back of the booth.
- 24-hour security
- Weather-proof structure protecting booth from sun and rain
- Slow Food Nations branded banner hung at booth before load-in
- Standard Edison 20 amp 110 V outlet for power
- Check out these images of the build-out of our booths.
- Single booth: $950 (or $1050 if payment is received after May 1, 2019)
- Double: $1750 (or $1950 if payment is received after May 1, 2019)
Cancellations prior to April 31, 2019 will receive a 50% refund. After that date, exhibitor fees are non-refundable.
- Refrigerated storage (2’x2′ footprint) close to booth ($200)
- Advance receipt, warehouse storage and delivery of shipments to site ($250)
- Additional electricity (price depends on need)
- Ice available on site (fair market value)
- Access to exclusive Slow Food Nations B2B merchant reception on Friday, July 19
- Your logo featured on the Slow Food Nations website with a link to your website
- Product spotlights and promotion on Slow Food USA social media platforms (total of 700k followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter)
- Two individual memberships to Slow Food USA
- A “Slow Food Supporter” window decal and graphic to use on your website
- Exposure to an estimated 25,000 targeted and motivated attendees
- Sample, market and sell your products
- Connect with like-minded producers and consumers
- Opportunity to participate in other areas of the event — tastings, workshops, dinners, talks, and pop-up events
“The most memorable part of Nations was the vendors. They were remarkable, cool, inspiring. It’s a grand group of warrior poets doing great work.”Robbie — Good Spread
“Slow Food Nations attracts the right people and there’s a lot of potential as a producer to attend.”Vanessa — Creminelli Meats
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to hear back about the application? Applications for Taste Marketplace merchants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Merchants 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 registration process.
Can vendors leave their booth displays up overnight? Yes, there will be security in the area to allow merchants to leave displays overnight.
What times will the merchant booths be open/when can merchants begin their set up process?
Saturday July 20th : 10AM – 8PM
Sunday July 21st: 10AM – 6PM
*Merchant load-in begins 5AM on Saturday, set up should be complete by 9AM
Can multiple merchants 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.
What should I bring for my booth? Merchants 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.
Is there a way to participate as a Slow Food Chapter? Yes, of course. Please contact us for more details.
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 merchants in March 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 merchants after being accepted into Slow Food Nations to help coordinate these details.
Will all vendors have access to electricity and refrigeration?
Electricity is included in the merchant fee. Electricity will be available directly at booths. Refrigeration and storage will be available on-site for an additional cost. After signing up to attend as a merchant, a coordinator will follow up within a few weeks to assist merchants 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 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.
What’s the festival protocol for waste and sustainability? Slow Food Nations implement a strict zero waste approach. The event will utilize three-bin zero waste stations (compost, recycle, trash) throughout the venue, including merchant back-of-house areas. All merchant waste must be properly sorted into compost, recycling or trash; in addition, merchant will also be able to have their unused, but still edible food scraps, rescued and collected by the organizers of the event’s Family Meal. The event’s zero waste staff and volunteers will monitor stations, support merchants, educate attendees and sort all waste, to ensure that everything possible is kept out of the landfill.