Food Vending

Food Vending Entry Begins Wed @ 8am

The initial food service inspection will take place on Thursday by Okanogan County Health Department. Food Vendors will be allowed to vend on Thursday. All vendors selling or sampling prepared foods, or processed foods must comply with Okanogan County Health Dept. food handling guidelines.

It is every vendor's responsibility to be aware of and in compliance with all permit and licensing requirements. Copies of all permits must be posted/onsite at all times. ALL foods MUST be prepared on the Faire site. No home-canned or home-prepared items are permitted. Exceptions are items prepared in a licensed facility.

Application Process

Complete the documents as they are needed for vending placement in the circle. Send completed forms to

Food Vendor Application Form

Food Vendor Regulations

Temp Food Permit Guidelines

Food Service Permit

No food service permit will be issued after 14 days before the event.
A Food Service Permit will not be Issued at the Faire.
Pay particular attention to the type of foods allowed.

The Health Dept will be on site to inspect each food vendor. All foods must be prepared on the Fair site. No home-canned or home-prepared items are permitted. Exceptions are items prepared in a licensed facility.

Application for Food Permit

Okanogan County Health Department
(509) 422-7140
1234 S. 2nd Ave. - P.O. Box 231
Okanogan, WA 98840

General Info

Vending spaces are 12ft wide, 20ft deep and marked with chalk. Your vending booth, vehicles, tent, and other items must fit within those boundaries. The fire lane must be kept clear at all times. If you have an oversized vehicle you will need to purchase enough space. Camping and vehicles must fit behind the booth, and you need to fill in the entire front with vending space. (for example, if you buy two spaces to accommodate your group, both spaces must have a store front, one cannot be for camping).

We cannot guarantee a location in the inner circle for any vehicles over 20ft. We may need to place you on the outer circle as space allows. Vending ends at 5pm on Sunday and you will need to begin shutting down at that time.

One vending purchase includes a camping pass for one person. Others traveling with a vendor will need to purchase a weekend camping pass. We ask that everyone in your group (helpers, vendors wanting placed next to each other) arrive at the same time for placement. All other helpers will need to wait until Friday to arrive, when camping opens at 8am.

The route is a steep dirt grade with few pull out spots. If you have overheating, poor battery, starter, or other vehicle problems, please get them fixed before departure. Expect vehicle lines, entering and exiting the highway and the Faire. Please, shut off your vehicle as often as possible.

In the spirit of Barter Faire, we encourage all Vendors to be open to trades or partial trades. There is no ATM or cell coverage at Faire. Make sure to have plenty of change. We also encourage food items to be organic, non-GMO and/or locally sourced when possible. All alcohol sales are strictly prohibited. 

Bring Necessary Supplies

If you leave the Faire early, you pay full price to get back in. This should substantially reduce traffic. Bring all your necessary supplies, enough ice and make that phone call home before you enter the Faire.

Trash Collection & Recycling

Food vendors are required to use biodegradable food containers and eco-friendly serving products. These are uncoated paper products, coated paper products, and some ‘bioplastics’ (made from corn, potato, and other plant materials). This includes cups, plates, utensils, and carry-outs. No plastic or Styrofoam. You can allow customers to bring their own mugs and/or plates (offer discounts for those who bring their own). You can also use reusable dishes and cups instead of disposable ones for customers who leave a deposit. You are encouraged to have a bucket at your booth for collection of food waste. Receptacles for food waste (no grease!) will be located at the Drumming Circle and Faire Kitchen. Green Okanogan recycling containers for aluminum, tin, #1 & #2 plastics, and cardboard will be located at the centrally located Doghouse/Drumming Circle, all Hospitality Fire Sites and at the GO Recycling Center. Trash cans for customer use only will be available near food booths but food vendors are responsible for the garbage they generate in their booths. Bring your own trash can and pack your garbage out when you leave. Be sure to secure your load before leaving and don’t leave trash in neighboring towns or along highway. That is a sure way of getting our event permit revoked.
Remember to Pack it In, Pack it Out!

Bottled Water Vending; 'Water More Precious Than Gold'

Beginning 2012,  is the sole sponsor of The Okanogan Family Faire. Food booths are now required to purchase bottled water, for vending, through The Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company.

To order water for your booth or if you have any questions email:

Food vendors or anyone selling water should pre-order and then pick up water on site at the drum circle begining Wednesday on.


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