Trader applications for Boomtown 2024 are now open!
Please read through the information below before submitting an application...
Boomtown prides itself on the fantastic selection of food and market traders that attend our festival, with new and exciting things for the public to see, buy and eat every year. If you are a FOOD or MARKET trader please read the below information for everything you need to know about trading at Boomtown.
- Food traders please apply here.
- Market traders please apply here.
- Bar Operators please apply here.
If you're interested in hosting workshops at Boomtown 2024, you can get in touch here.
If you’re a non-profit and would like to participate in Boomtown, applications will open in the new year and will be listed here.
Boomtown 2024 is going to be an entirely cash-free event, more information to follow for successful applicants.
Boomtown has a huge focus on sustainability including increasing the vegetarian and vegan food offering and sourcing food locally and ethically.
Boomtown is single use plastic FREE! This means that all food and drink serveware MUST BE COMPOSTABLE! If you are a market trader this also means absolutely no plastic bags given out to customers.
BOUTIQUE BAR OPERATORS
All bars must adhere to strict, site specific licensing. ALL bar staff must attend compulsory onsite training pre show. NO bars can trade before being signed off by an onsite licensing team. More information to follow for successful applicants.
AS A BOOMTOWN TRADER YOU ARE JOINING OUR SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE, MEANING THAT:
- All tea, coffee, cacao, sugar and bananas must be fairtrade.
- Fruit and veg to be local and seasonal where possible.
- All meat and dairy produce should be a minimum standard of British and free range, ideally locally sourced and organic where possible.
- All fish must be sustainable and from the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) ‘Fish to Eat’ list.
If you have any other enquiries that are not answered below, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, we have a strict no glitter policy. Standard glitter is made from etched aluminium bonded to polyethylene terephthalate – a form of microplastic that can find its way into the oceans and pose a danger to people and animals. Bioglitter is only 92% plastic free so we ask everyone to use alternatives such as paints, reusable gems and flower petals etc.
All serveware used MUST be compostable. No PLA plastic (plant based ‘plastic’) is allowed, this is because it pollutes the waste stream. You must use paper, bagasse or wooden serveware. Successful traders will be sent a full environmental policy nearer the time of the festival.
There are waste pens located behind each trader run, with general/DMR/food waste options.
You will be sent your pitch location and a site map a 2-3 weeks before the festival, along with all other information you will need about arriving on site. Please be patient for your pitch location, we cannot send your location sooner than this due to potential site changes.
We have a list of wholesale suppliers that run deliveries during the festival. You will be provided with this information and how to order from them nearer the time of the event.
If your application is successful you will be sent a booking form where you can request all electric, infrastructure and staff tickets. Please use due diligence when you book your power and only book what you need. If you oversize it means we run larger generators than required and create more CO2.
However, please be careful to not use more power than you have booked as this could cause power cuts in your trader run and affect other traders. We monitor the power consumption for all the traders.
We release a roadmap for food, market, and bar traders, highlighting crucial deadlines throughout the year. One of these deadlines concerns the submission of site infrastructure requests. Please take note of this deadline, as we may be unable to accommodate any requests submitted after it.
Traders can not pack up and leave the site until 18.00 on Monday 12th August. This is to allow for all public to leave the festival site first.
Trading hours are up to the individual trader and should reflect the type of food you sell and where you are located. If you are a breakfast trader located in a campsite you may only want to trade from 7am-4pm. If you are a trader in the main festival arena you will find midday-4am to be your most profitable trading hours. If you wish to trade 24 hours every day this is absolutely fine.
The festival is open to the public from Wednesday 7th - Monday 12th August 2023, all traders must be at their pitch and set up by Tuesday 6th by midday ready for H&S inspection. Traders who are located in the main festival arena, AKA ‘The Bowl’ can not start trading until Thursday midday as this area is closed to the public until then.
Traders can arrive to set up from Saturday 3rd August.
Every trader is assessed on a case by case basis. If you are successful in your application your pitch fee (non-refundable) deposit, revenue split % of gross takings and any other costs will be detailed in your unique offer letter.
- Public liability insurance
- Health & safety documents (risk assessments, fire risk assessments, method statement etc)
- Gas safety certificate (when applicable)
- Food traders must be registered with the local authority and have a food hygiene rating of 4 or 5
- Employer liability insurance
Boomtown is a very hilly site so please be prepared and bring chocs in case you need to level your pitch. Your pitch must also be sturdy and prepared for all weather conditions.
We get hundreds of applications every year and it’s very competitive. To give yourself the best chance please put as much detail as you can into your application as possible to make it stand out and provide really good photos of your stall and food.
One of the most important things we look for in our traders is individuality and something that stands out! We want businesses with character that offer unique and fantastic quality goods - this goes for food and market traders!