Food Vendor Application | Oktoberfest 2017 in Nashville 2017-03-10T14:00:34-06:00


As Nashville’s oldest and largest festival & street fair, the Oktoberfest has been a Music City tradition since 1980.

Oktoberfest is 3 packed days of events, activities and things to do – spanning 9-10 city blocks of the historic Germantown neighborhood in downtown Nashville. This is the event of the year for brands and businesses to reach huge numbers of young, engaged and influential festival-goers!

In 2016, festival attendance exceeded 215,000 people- making it the 2nd largest Oktoberfest is the USA. This year, we anticipate even bigger crowds as we expand even further. 


When is the 2017 Oktoberfest?



2 pm – 10 pm



10 am – 10 pm



10 am – 8 pm

Where is the 2017 Oktoberfest?

As always, the Oktoberfest will be in Nashville’s hottest neighborhood- the historic Germantown district. The Nashville Oktoberfest draws the crowds over 9 city blocks, with 2 major music stages, authentic food and beer – plus a rich 36 year history. This dynamic event has grown to be the South’s largest fall festival!

When can I register as a vendor?

Limited Food Vendor Space 
Is Available to Reserve NOW!









Refundable Clean Up Deposit:

$250 per location

(Food Vendors submit a $250 Check Deposit. Uncashed check will be returned after your festival location has been reviewed for proper cleaning and disposal)

Optional Electric Fees:

For Food Vendors without generators, we offer the following options:

Food Tents: $75 per 10×10 space

Food Trucks/Trailers:  $400 for 220v/40Amp or $800 for 220v/50Amp


All Paid Oktoberfest Vendors receive a $100 discount on vendor fees for the Italian Lights Festival – our 3 day sister event held in Bicentennial Mall in August. Your Oktoberfest Payment Receipt Email will contain your $100 Promo Code.

Learn more here:  Italian Lights Festival


** Click here to read Important Festival Information **

Grease Handling:

A grease receptacle will be provided for you to dispose of your grease. Absolutely no grease to be disposed on streets, drains and grass areas. Additional City Fines will be assessed to your business for all violations.

Food Permit:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the proper permit required to serve food on the festival grounds. An inspection will be conducted the morning of the event by Metro Health Department. If you are not compliant to the rules and regulations and Metro Health Department does not issue you a permit, you will be asked to vacate your festival location and no refunds will be issued. For information pertaining to the requirements by Metro Health department:


Propane Permit:

Metro Nashville Fire Department requires every food vendor using propane, regardless of a tent, food truck or trailer, to have an event propane permit. A permit must be submitted 2 weeks before the event to the Nashville Oktoberfest. Failure to do so will forfeit your right to sell on the festival grounds and no refunds will be given. Permit information and application:


Electric Use Fees:

The standard electrical fee of $50 includes up to 600 watts. Absolutely no electricity is provided, free of charge.

Please indicate your TOTAL power needs on the Application Form (defined as the maximum amperage used at any given time) for your operation. Power requirements will be subject to additional charges based on availability– you will be advised of these charges prior to the event. Requirements for 220 V power will require an additional fee.  Additional 110v or 220 v drops or an electrical hardwire are estimated at $250 per location but actual fee will be determined.

Liability Insurance:

All Food Vendors are required to have a $1,000,000.00 liability insurance. Metro Nashville and The Nashville Oktoberfest will need to be named additional insured upon acceptance into the festival. A copy of your insurance policy must be emailed to Paula Geist at no later than August 31st. Failure of submitting a copy will result in non-refundable cancelation.


Food Trucks will not be permitted to leave the festival grounds for the duration of the event. Please make arrangements to restock trucks. There will be a Vendor Parking area designated for Food Vendors. One vehicle per location.

Menu Submission:

Indicate your menu classification on the Application Form. We reserve the right to ask you to adjust your items to reduce duplication at the event.

Please include a photo with your application. If you have a website with photos, please print the photos and attach them to the application or email photos to . Also please attach a diagram of your proposed set up showing dimensions of your tent or trailer, storage needs, etc.

Clean Up Deposit:

$250 per location – Check only

Cleaning Deposit will be returned to you at the end of the event after your location has been reviewed for proper cleaning & disposal practices.

Mail check to:

Nashville Oktoberfest
c/o Paula Geist
1235 6th Ave. N
Nashville TN, 37208

If you have any questions regarding any portion of this application contact Paula Geist at 615-347-4386 or email at

** Click Here To Read Rules And Regulations ***

CAREFULLY READ the rules and regulations before submitting your General Release form.

We make every attempt to review all information contained within the pages of this website and at the time of posting all information is believed to be accurate and complete. We are not responsible for any typographical errors. If we find one to have been made, we will immediately fix as needed. Management has final rights for interpretations and disclosure and reserves the right to change any information as it becomes necessary (i.e., show venue, parking locations, additional city licenses, fees, policies, etc.).

• FULL BALANCE: To secure your place in the show, the full balance of your show fee must be receive with your application. No space will be held without a festival payment.

• We accept checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, cash or credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express). Make all checks, money orders and cashier’s checks payable to The Nashville Oktoberfest. No checks will be accepted less than 30 days of the festival date, only money orders, cashier’s checks or credit card will be accepted to pay for your fee at this time.

• WEATHER: The festival is held outdoors and is held rain or shine. No credits or refunds will be issued if show is affected by forces of nature beyond our control. Please check our website or contact the office for updates on cancellations resulting from severe weather such as, hurricanes, tornados, flooding, etc.

• Please note, we will not cancel a show unless informed by state, city or local officials that it will be in the best interest of safety for all.

• CREDITS/REFUNDS: WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS; however, a credit (good for 2 years) will be issued if notification is made at least 60 DAYS prior to either festival. Cancellations must be made in writing (email preferred) and received in our offices as per the dates outlined. Credits may be used towards future booth fees and expire after 2 years.

• WAITING LIST: Once shows are closed, applications are still accepted for the waitlist. We will contact you as early as possible IF any spaces become available. Please keep in mind that this may be as late as 2-3 days before the show. If you cannot work on short notice, the waitlist may not be the best option for you. If we call you from the waitlist to see if you would like to participate in the show, you have the option to turn us down without penalty.

• NO SOLICITATION: Exhibitors are present at our shows for the purpose of representing their work. For that reason, no exhibitor, or their representatives, will engage in any type of solicitation of any products, supplies, shows, etc. during the course of the show, starting at the commencement of the event and ending at the end of breakdown of the said event. The exhibitors’ role is to sell their work and not engage in any other non-related business activities during the course of the event. Failure to comply could cause possible expulsion from the show

• EMAIL: Please note that invitations, waitlist notifications, confirmations, important updates, and announcements will be sent to you via email. Be sure to check your email account regularly.

• TAXES – Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting the state sales tax and filing a report with the local Department of Revenue.

• BANK FEES – A $40 bank fee will be charged on all returned checks. The check amount plus the $25 fee is payable with a money order, cashier’s check or cash. The fee may be higher with international checks.

• TENTS – Exhibitors are responsible for making their tents sturdy against wind, rain etc. Tents MUST be manufactured of flame-retardant materials. Staking into the pavement will NOT be permitted. The Nashville Oktoberfest is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property. Dollies are recommended for set-up and breakdown for most shows.

• Exhibitors will NOT take up any additional space without first consulting with a show coordinator. ALL WORK, DISPLAY and STORAGE WILL NOT GO BEYOND THE ASSIGNED EXHIBITOR SPACE.

• The exhibitor’s space shall be occupied by 12 noon the day of the show or you will be considered a “no- show” and your space will be given away with no possible refund or credit. Vehicles MUST be removed from the show area by 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise specified.

• Set-up and breakdown times will be strictly enforced. Please see show confirmation for details.

• Management reserves the right to make final interpretations of all rules and regulations.

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