Ithaca's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry invites you to enjoy the area’s finest food & beverages from over 75 local restaurants, wineries and microbreweries
Enjoy live music and dancing while making memories at our photo booth! You can also get some great deals at our silent auction, and try you luck at winning amazing raffle get-a-way packages!
Ithaca’s Taste of the Nation 2017 Vendor FAQ’s
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
VIP Admission: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Vendor Load-In: 1 – 4pm
Vendor Set-Up by: 5:00pm
General Admission: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Vendor Load-In: 1 – 4pm
Vendor Set-Up by: 6:00pm
Ithaca College A&E Center
In order to help you prepare for the big event, we've put together a list of Vendor FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), which includes all of the information you need to know before you show up to Taste of the Nation.
Event Date Reminder: Tuesday, June 13th
· What permits/forms are needed to participate?
· What time should vendors arrive & where should we park?
· How much product do I need to provide?
· How much space do I have to serve
· What do you provide?
· What if I want to bring my own service ware?
· How many staff can I bring for my table?
· What if I want to bring more than 3 people?
· Can I promote my business at the event?
What permits/forms are needed to participate?
The event is covered by liability insurance issued by the national office of Share our Strength. Below are permit requirements for:
If you do not currently have a Restaurant/Catering Operating Permit from the Tompkins County Health Department you will have to pursue one of two options:
a) Complete the paperwork to upgrade your existing license to Restaurant/Catering Permit. There is no cost for this upgrade. - or -
b) Apply for a Temporary Catering Permit from the Tompkins County Health Department. There is a $55 fee for this permit.
All restaurants will be contacted by the Tompkins County Health Department and be apprised of what their permit status is and what they need to do.
Additionally, we need to know your menu item(s). If you have not already done so please contact Talyse Hampton with the menu item you plan to serve that evening. The Health Department requires us to provide this information to them in advance of the event.
Taste of the Nation is applying for Farmer’s Market Event Designation. As of August 1, 2010, NY wineries are no longer required to obtain a “no fee” permit from the SLA to sell at farmers’ markets or farmers’ market events; however, wineries and microbreweries must provide us with copies of their Tasting Permits. If you have not yet submitted a copy of your Tasting Permit please, e-mail it to email@example.com or mail to Brous Consulting 309 N. Aurora St. Ithaca NY 14850
Under recent state legislation, NY “craft breweries” (producing 60,000 barrels/year or less) can now sell their beer by the bottle at bona fide farmers’ markets, but they must obtain a no fee permit from the NYS Liquor Authority. Be sure to submit an application several weeks before the event (now would be great!) to be assured you will receive it in time. You should email a copy of this permit to firstname.lastname@example.org and have a copy of the permit with you at the event. Click here for the permit application.
How Sampling Works and What You Need To Know
How much product do I need to provide?
We suggest that each vendor bring enough product to serve 2-oz tastings for approximately: 500 if serving in the main event, 200 if serving at the corporate reception (VIP).
How much space do I have to serve and what else do you provide?
*PLEASE NOTE: We will not have access to additional items we may have been able to provide in the past, so please bring everything you need with you other than the items listed below!
Public-facing tables: Each food vendor gets TWO 6-foot tables with tablecloths. Each beverage vendor gets ONE 6-foot table with tablecloths.
Prep and staging tables: There will be additional prep and staging tables set up behind the public facing tables. We will attempt to have one prep/staging table per vendor available, but some vendors may need to share due to constraints in layout.
Restaurants: Your table will be supplied with compostable products to serve your food; napkins, forks, spoons and paper plates. If you bring your own, they MUST be compostable.
Wineries and Microbreweries: We will provide pitchers of water, dump buckets, ice and a tub to chill your products.
If you have additional needs, NOW IS THE TIME TO TELL US.
What if I want to bring my own service ware?
This is a ‘green’ event and Ithaca College is a very ‘green’ campus. If you bring any single service items with you, they must be compostable. It is important that all vendors help our efforts to reduce trash at the event. Service plates and utensils are all compostable. Recycle bins are available for normal recyclable items. Ithaca College staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide directions for waste disposal. We ask that you respect their policies and cooperate with them fully.
Vendor Check In / Wristbands & Purchasing Additional Tickets
What time should vendors get there, and where should we park?
Vendor check-in is 1-4 PM on Tuesday, June 13th. Once you arrive at the Ithaca College campus, follow the Taste of the Nation signs to the Athletic & Events Center where the event will take place. There will be volunteers available to help you unload and transfer your supplies to your table inside. After you have unloaded your vehicle(s), please park in the designated Vendor Parking area.
Please be on-site NO LATER than 4:00 pm (Large loading doors close @ 4pm but access is still possible).
Do I have to “pre-register” my business, workers, my guests or myself?
No. We are not using that system this year. Your wristbands will be in an envelope at Vendor check-in.
How many staff can I bring for my table?
Vendors will receive 3 free tickets at Vendor Check-in for staff working the event (two VIP & one general admission). If you are serving in VIP, all 3 of your vendor tickets will be VIP.
You do NOT need to identify or pre-register (see the next topic) your three free workers.
At vendor check-in, you will be given a map showing the location of your table and three wristbands. Your workers with General Admission tickets will receive their gift wine glasses and trays at vendor check-in. Your workers with VIP tickets will receive their glasses and trays when they enter the VIP area.
At 5:30 PM we invite all VIP wrist-banded winery and restaurant participants to join us on in the VIP area for the Corporate Champagne Reception. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to mix, mingle and meet some of our important guests in a relaxed setting before the doors to the main event open at 6:30.
What if I want to bring more than 3 people?
Vendors may purchase additional up to 2 general admission tickets for a discounted price of $50 per ticket for additional workers or non-working guests. You will receive a bill at vendor check-in. Payment in full will be required.
*****However, in order to get that discounted rate, YOU MUST NOTIFY TALYSE OF YOUR ADDITIONAL WORKERS/GUESTS before noon on June 9th (text 607-201-8183 or email email@example.com). After the deadline, tickets will only be available at the door at full price ($100 for general admission or $150 for VIP).
You do NOT need to notify anyone of your three free workers… just your EXTRA workers or non-working guests.
Promote The Event And All Your Great Work In Our Community!
Can I promote my business at the event?
YES! We encourage everyone to bring copies of your menu and other marketing items to promote your establishment. All participants are also encouraged to bring flowers and other forms of decoration to dress up your table. We do provide each table with signage with your business name on it.
Finally, we want to remind everyone to plan to stay around and celebrate with us, as The Destination will be providing dance music beginning at 9:00 PM.
We are delighted to have you join us for this very special evening and thank you for all that you are doing to help end childhood hunger here in Tompkins County and elsewhere. Please contact us if you have any questions about the event, the process, or special needs you may have.
Directions to the Athletics & Events Center
Enter the main entrance of campus off of 96B. This is Alumni Circle.
Go around Alumni Circle to Grant Egbert Boulevard.
Take Grant Egbert Boulevard to the first stop sign.
Continue straight to the second stop sign at Grant Egbert Boulevard East.
Make a left on to Grant Egbert Boulevard East (This will bring you around to the other side of the A&E Center).
Follow Grant Egbert Boulevard East to the stop sign.
Continue straight.You will then be on Lyceum Drive. The turf field will be on your right.
Ambassador Promotional Codes
For a $20 discount per ticket purchased, use an Ambassador Code.
During purchase, you must enter the code using ALL capital letters (in the "Promo code" field, NOT the "Validate" field.)
Promotion/online ticket sales end on Sunday, June 12 at noon. After that, tickets may be purchased at the door at full price. No exceptions.
Jim Bouderau (BOUDERAU)
Margaret Bruns (BRUNS)
Matthew Cochran (COCHRAN)
Ithaca Coffee (COFFEE)
Liz Karabinakis COOPEXT)
Drew DeFran (DEFRAN)
Jerry Dietz (DIETZ)
Jyl Dowd (DOWD)
Lillian Fan (FAN)
Steven Freidmutter (FREIDMUTTER)
Rachel Hogancamp (RASA)
Rhoda Janis (JANIS)
Tam Lam (WARREN)
Lisa LiVigne (LIVIGNE)
Casey Lucier (LUCIER)
Catheryn Obern (OBERN)
Chris Payne (PAYNE)
Nancy Pedersen (PEDERSEN)
Margaret Philipson (PHILIPSON)
Brenda Rodriquez (RODRIQUEZ)
Dan Smalls (SMALLS)
Audrey Baker (WOODS)
How to get in touch:
Send Check/Money Orders to: Share Our Strength - ATTN: Jerry Dietz - C.S.P. Management - 407 W. Seneca St. - Ithaca, NY 14850
Sponsorship: Email Jerry Dietz
Volunteering: Email Abigael Blumenthal
Event Planner: Email Talyse Hampton or call her at (607) 201-8183
General Information: Email us! Or call (607) 277-6961