Vendor & Exhibitor Contract Terms and Conditions for Vegan Roots Fest

RULES GOVERNING ALL EXHIBITORS

Please read carefully. These rules are part of your registration contract. Failure to abide by the rules may result in removal from the festival grounds.

FESTIVAL MISSION Exhibitors must support the Vegan Roots Fest mission of promoting veganism and nonviolence toward all sentient beings. All products sold must bevegan and cruelty-free: they must be entirely free of animal ingredients, animal testing, and links to human slavery. For more information on the links between veganism and social/food justice, please see the Food Empowerment Project. To be clear, no product (food or otherwise) should contain anything derived from animals, including flesh, fat, bone, horn, broth, gelatin, egg, dairy, casein, whey, honey, skin (leather), silk, hair/fur, etc. All efforts should be made to source products as locally and sustainably as possible. Moreover, there shall be no representations—visual or written—that enable or promote violence against animals or humans. Festival organizers reserve the right to refuse any vendor/exhibitor-applicant admission to the festival if they deem the exhibitor’s display or message inappropriate to the festival's mission.

SIGNAGE Exhibitors must display adequate signage clearly identifying the name of their operation. Exhibitors with food must include a list of food offerings, ingredients for each offering, and prices on their signs.

We ask those non-food vendors and exhibitors whose product or message is not explicitly vegan to display a brief statement on the front of their table describing how their product or message intersects with veganism.We are asking for this because we are particularly interested in strengthening connections between groups that advocate for animals, humans, and the broader environment, as we believe that these movements—while often seen as disconnected--have much to learn from each other and are ultimately interconnected. Let’s join forces!

SHOW-AND-SALE LICENSE Festival organizers purchase a Show-and-Sale License for the festival from the City of Charlottesville that exempts exhibitors from purchasing vendors’ permits or business licenses for the festival.

SUBLETTING NOT PERMITTED Exhibitors may not sub-let exhibit space partially or in its entirety. Subletting of exhibit space is grounds for dismissal from the festival.

BOOTH SIZE AND LOCATIONS Booths will be located in Booker T. Washington Park and on 10th St. between Preston Avenue and Charlton Avenue. VRF organizers will assign booth locations. Booths must not be larger than 10' x 10'.

SETUP INSTRUCTIONS Exhibitors must allow adequate time to set up their booths. During setup hours, beginning at 9:00 AM on festival day, festival volunteers and officials will be available to direct exhibitors to their booth locations and to answer setup questions. 10th St. will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on festival day.

HOURS OF OPERATION Exhibits must be ready for operation 30 minutes before the festival opens at NOON and must remain open until the festival closes at 6:00 PM.

BOOTH STAFFING Exhibits must be staffed during the entire festival, from NOON to 6:00 PM.

ELECTRICITYElectricity will not be provided to exhibitors unless it is essential to the operation of their exhibits and upon availability.

TABLE COVERINGSAll tables must have coverings such as tablecloths. Exhibitors must supply their table coverings.

PARKING Exhibitors are responsible for parking their vehicles.

CARE OF SPACE Exhibitors must keep the areas around their exhibits clean. Exhibitor spaces must be surrendered in the same condition in which they were found. Festival organizers will provide garbage cans in Washington Park. Festival organizers will provide a waste-water dump station. In case of damage to spaces or to materials provided by the festival, exhibitors are responsible for paying any and all claims necessary to restore spaces and/or materials to their original conditions.

FESTIVAL CANCELLATION If any contingency interrupts or prevents the holding of the Vegan Roots Fest, including but not limited to inclement weather and other acts of God, festival organizers shall in no way be liable to exhibitors. Exhibitor registration fees cannot be refunded if the festival is interrupted or cancelled since the fees are disbursed before the festival for operating licenses, permits, and liability insurance required by the City of Charlottesville and for equipment rentals, festival supplies, and festival promotion.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY Exhibitors agree to make no claim for any reason against festival organizers or Voices for Animals for loss, theft, damage, or destruction of goods, nor for any injury to themselves, employees, volunteers, or festival visitors incurred at the festival. Exhibitors agree to indemnify festival organizers and Voices for Animals against and hold them harmless for any liability arising out of exhibitors’ participation in the festival. Each exhibitor agrees to accept full liability for any loss, theft, damage, destruction of goods, or injury caused by the exhibitor.

ADDITIONAL RULES GOVERNING VENDORS/EXHIBITORS DISTRIBUTING FOOD

ALL FOOD MUST BE VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE Vegan food contains no animal products whatsoever, thus excluding such items as eggs, dairy products, honey, and gelatin, in addition to all animal flesh (see more comprehensive list above). Moreover, all food should be free of any links to human slavery. Keeping in mind the detrimental effects of synthetic chemical agriculture on animals, people, and the planet, all efforts should be made to source food as locally and sustainably as possible. As mentioned above, for more information on the links between veganism and social/food justice, please see the Food Empowerment Project.

MANNER OF FOOD DISTRIBUTIONExhibitors distributing food may sell their food, give samples away, or do both. We are making a strong effort for the festival to be a zero-waste event, so food vendors should use only compostable or recyclable serving supplies.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS Vendors/exhibitors distributing food must abide by Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines and must have permits for such distribution. Food vendors/exhibitors without a currently valid VDH permit will need to apply for a Temporary Food Establishment permit (those with a current VDH permit do not need an additional permit). Guidelines for applying for the Temporary Food Establishment permit are available at this link. Permit applications must be submitted to the Thomas Jefferson Health District at least 10 business days before the festival (applications can be mailed, submitted in person, or emailed to Lauren Oglesby at lauren.oglesby@vdh.virginia.gov). A $40 annual application fee is required of most for-profit exhibitors. Exhibitors should contact Thomas Jefferson Health District for details (434-972-6219). The temporary permit application can be found here: link to permit

SPECIAL NOTE: As of July 1, 2018, the VDH requires that food establishments have on site "at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service who is a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)." More information about the requirement can be found here

HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTION On the morning of the festival, the Virginia Department of Health may be present to inspect booths at which food will be distributed. Exhibitors distributing food must be ready for inspection no later than 10:30 AM. Exhibitors must have a valid permit from the health department before serving food to the public.

Additional Rules Governing Exhibits Including Living Animals

LOCATION OF EXHIBITS INCLUDING LIVING ANIMALSFestival organizers will assign locations that provide the best environments for animals. Most exhibit locations should provide tree shade for at least part of the festival. However, tree shade cannot be guaranteed for all exhibits or for the entire duration of the festival, so exhibitors are encouraged to bring appropriate shelters, such as  overhead canopies, for their animals.

ONLY SOCIALIZED ANIMALS ALLOWEDExhibitors must bring only animals who are socialized with humans and other animals and who do not pose a risk to the public or other animals. For the safety of the attendees and participating animals, Festival officials reserve the right to ask exhibitors who bring animals exhibiting signs of health and/or behavioral problems to remove these animals from the festival grounds. Exhibitors agree to cooperate with Festival officials if asked to remove animals from Festival ground or to alter exhibits to comply with Festival rules. 

CONTAINMENT OF ANIMALSExhibitors must ensure that all animals are contained while on Festival grounds.

ADEQUATE STAFF TO CARE FOR ANIMALSExhibitors must provide staff and/or volunteers to care for animals.

PROVISION OF FOOD AND WATERExhibitors must provide adequate food and water for animals.