Downtown - Food Vendor Application

Deadline: Sep 15, 2022 11:59 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Date: Nov 05, 2022 10:00 am - Nov 06, 2022 5:00 pm
Wilson, North Carolina

About the event

This is the 18th year of the annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival. The event started as a way to celebrate what was unique to Wilson, NC - the innovative and whimsical folk art whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson. At the heart of the festival is a park containing 30 of the giant metal structures that spin in the wind. The festival includes home-made arts and crafts, food vendors, non-profit agencies and sponsors. Entertainment is provided on several stages with live music, a free kids zone, a kids performance stage, strolling artists and art demonstrations. More than 50,000 visitors attend over the 2-day festival weekend in historic downtown Wilson. The festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and is held each year the first full weekend in November.
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival

About the application

Welcome to the North Carolina Whirligig Festival! Browse through our application and let us know if you have any questions.
Downtown food vendors and restaurants within the festival zone receive a 50% discount off the Commercial booth application. 
The NC Whirligig Festival accepts a wide variety of food vendors, including American fare, International and all types of food in between. Food vending booths may be under tents, in pull trailers or in food trucks. Food booths are scattered throughout the festival zone and mixed into each block with other festival vendors.
The NC Whirligig Festival receives a high level of Food Vendor applications. Each application is considered individually as they are received.
Non-Profits are given a discounted rate upon approval. Non-Profit agencies looking to host a food vendor booth must complete a Non-Profit Food Applications (application #11) - not this form. 
This is an electronic agreement and by applying for the booth, you are validating and approving this agreement electronically.

Terms & Conditions

Refer to the NC Whirligig Festival Vendor Policies and Guidelines.


Application fees $25 Non-refundable There is a $25 non-refundable application fee which is charged upon application.
10x15 ft Food Vendor Single Booth space $225 Non-refundable Downtown Food Merchants wanting to sell food curb side may apply for consideration and receives a 50% discounted rate of $225.00 compared to a Food Vendor being $450. Participating Downtown Food Merchants must follow the Health Department Guidelines for outside service, will need to be inspected and pay any additional inspection fees required. Single booth space is 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep. This is for the use of a 10x10 ft tent. The extra space on the left and right are to provide space between vendors. Your booth set up may not extend beyond 10 feet deep - this is set by fire code standards. If you need a wider booth, you may purchase a double or triple space as they are available.
10x30 ft Food Vendor Double Booth space $575 Non-refundable The double booth space is 10 ft deep and 30 ft wide. This provided two single booth spaces side-by-side for larger displays. A limited number of double booth spaces are available.
10x45 ft Food Vendor Triple Booth space $650 Non-refundable The triple booth space is the largest booth space allowed. The space is 10 ft deep and 45 feet wide. This is 3-single booth spaces side-by-side. We offer a limited number of triple booth spaces.
Electrical Power (as identified in Q#15) $20 Non-refundable Approximately half of the vendor booth spaces have ONE 110V electrical outlet available. We have a handful of 220/240v booth spaces. Vendors requesting electricity are strategically placed to provide utilities and a variety of vendors within each block of the festival. Electrical requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Use own generator $0 Non-refundable Due to the location of many entertainment stages, generators are not generally approved. However, we do have a few side street and cross street locations where generators can be considered. Only whisper generators are allowed. Any generator that interferes with the operation of the festival will be discontinued immediately.
Water access $20 Non-refundable Access to water is limited and typically reserved for food vendors. However, requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Water access will at a corner fire hydrant. Vendors should bring 100 ft hose to reach booth.

Questions on the application

Business information

  • Business name
  • Legal business name
  • Contact name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website (Optional)
  • Logo (Optional)

Additional information

  • Have you been a vendor with the Whirligig Festival before?
  • What is the physical location of your business?
  • Please identify your food category:
  • Menu Options
  • What type of set up do you have for your food booth?
  • If you need electricty, identify the type of plug your booth needs.
  • Do you have your Wilson Health Department food permit?
  • Insurance
  • NC Sales Tax ID Number
  • How did you learn about the NC Whirligig Festival?
  • COVID Guidelines
  • By signing your name, you agree to our terms and conditions.

Picture requirements

  • Minimum pictures required: 5
  • Upload a minimum of 5 photos: (2) of your food booth and (3 or more) of the food items that will be for sale in your booth.
Downtown - Food Vendor Application
Downtown - Food Vendor Application
NC Whirligig Festival 2022