Become a Vendor

Dear Potential Vendor,

We’re Soy and Tofu’s biggest fans, and we have a festival to prove it! Join us in celebrating soy foods and culture by becoming a vendor of the 12th Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2024, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. indoors at The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. adjacent to San Francisco’s Japantown. While in the past we charged admission at the indoor event, this year we will make admission FREE to the public to encourage attendance.

This popular culinary and cultural festival attracts visitors of all ages. Events include delicious food from soy and tofu vendors, artisan vendors, cooking demonstrations and workshops, live music and entertainment, family-fun activities, audience participation games and a raffle.

We’d love to have you join as a vendor this coming year, and are looking for a few core categories of vendors:


1.  Food Vendors

Food vendors selling a Soy or Tofu dish as a signature item. These vendors really make our festival what it is! We would like to host a balance between savory, sweet, and beverage vendors. As a community-driven event, we love hosting nonprofit organizations to be food vendors as well!

The application deadline is May 15,2024.

FEES

Posted fees below DO NOT include mandatory San Francisco Public Health Department permitting fees.

    • Food Vendors: $200

Your vendor fee includes:

   •  9′ x 9′ indoor booth space. We are unable to accommodate “double booth” spaces for a single vendor at this time.

    • One front table (6 ft.) and two side tables

    • Two chairs

Additionally, the San Francisco Health Department will require the following permit fees:

Low Hazard Food Booth S.F. Health Dept. Permit: $117

Details: An operation that handles, sells or distributes only non-potentially hazardous foods in a method that does not create a high hazard of contamination. (e.g. packaged candy bars, packaged cookies, canned sodas, etc.).

High Hazard Food Booth S.F. Health Dept. Permit: $231

Details: An operation that handles, sells or distributes foods in a method that has a potential high hazard of contamination. (e.g. meat, dairy, seafood, cooked starches, etc.) or (e.g. cooking, slicing, mixing, etc.).

Open Flame S.F. Fire Department Permit: $95

Details: Any food booth that requires use of sterno to heat food.

2. Craft makers and artisans

If you feature soy- or tofu-related in your products, even better, but it would be great if you produce hand-made, Asian-inspired crafts.

All artisan vendors must sell physical products; we are unable to accommodate any booths that are selling services.

FEES

• Artisan Vendors: $150

Your vendor fee includes:

• 9′ x 9′ indoor booth space

• One table (6 ft.)

•  Two chairs

• Opportunity to speak on stage during event to promote your business

• Inclusion in Soy & Tofu Festival guide (printed) and preview issue (printed), as well as Festival Website

About expenses: We charge a booth fee to cover the expense of reserving the festival location and other costs of the festival. A small portion of the fee also goes towards supporting the historic Nichi Bei Foundation, publishers of the nonprofit community newspaper Nichi Bei News (www.nichibei.org) and presenter of numerous educational programs such as Films of Remembrance and an Angel Island Pilgrimage. You can learn more about the Nichi Bei Foundation at http://www.nichibeifoundation.org

Right now we’re reaching out to a large number of potential vendors and finding the ones that best fit. Apply to be a vendor and we’ll contact you if you’re a great fit and we still have space available. Each vendor type has a different set of fees (but those only happen if you’re selected to join), so be sure to select the right category.

Thanks and have a tofulicious day!

To secure your place in the festival please fill out the preliminary Vendor Application.

For more information e-mail: vendors@soyandtofufest.org or fill out the application form.

Sincerely,

Vendor Committee