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2013 Houston International Festival Concessions Application

Houston International Festival

Monday, April 29, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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2013 Houston International Festival

Concessions Application – Call for Restaurants and Vendors


APRIL 20-21 & 27-28, 2013

Saturdays 11am-8pm & Sundays 11am-8pm

Downtown Houston, Texas

Opening Ceremony and Preview Lunchtime Concert

(City Hall Area ONLY!) Friday April 19, 2013 - 11AM-2PM


Join us at Houston’s largest celebration of culture, art and food! 

  • Promote your restaurant/food item(s) at Houston’s largest outdoor festival.
  • Generate substantial profits.
  • Be a part of international excitement and entertainment at Houston’s official celebration of the cultural arts.
  • Sell signature menu items.
  • Promote your company/restaurant on-site with coupons, menus, promotional materials and name- identified uniformed employees.



  • Over 250,000 patrons attend Houston International Festival each year.
  • Ethnically-diverse audience.
  • Multi-million dollar multi-media advertising and publicity campaign.
  • Strong buyer-power: 49% of Houston International Festival attendees have incomes of $50,000+.
  • Affordable paid admission promotes interested audience.
  • Seven – nine entertainment stages programmed both weekends.
  • Celebration of international arts and culture, Featured Country Brazil in 2013.
  • Entertainment and interactive fun for all ages.
  • Variety of musical artists from zydeco to rock.
  • Fabulous food offerings including carnival favorites to international fare.
  • Entertainment zones focusing on specific regions and interests, e.g., food, music, and art.
  • Hundreds of markets exhibits including the Fine Arts Avenue.
  • Entertainment strategically placed to promote traffic to booths.

CONTACT: Greg Bess or Brenda Koci @ 713-869-0066

Melange Catering and Special Events

or email us at concessions@ifest.org


  1. Specified electric power (SEE BELOW). Electrical needs above the specified amount are available and will be billed to the food vendor
  2. Booth lighting for evening hours
  3. Plywood flooring in covered area when necessary
  4. On-site security throughout the event




OPTION 1: 10’x10’ booth - $2,295.00

100 sq. ft. of tented operational space, 30 amps electrical PLUS, 10’x10’ (100 sq. ft.) of additional uncovered workspace

OPTION 2: 10’x20’ booth - $2,695 .00

200 sq. ft. of tented operational space, 60 amps electrical PLUS, 10’x20’ (200 sq. ft.) of additional uncovered workspace

OPTION 3: DESSERT FOODS: 10’x10’ booth - $1,595.00

100 sq. ft. of tented operational space, 10 amps electrical PLUS, 10’x10’ (100 sq. ft.) of additional uncovered workspace.


100 sq. ft. of tented operational space, 10 amps electrical PLUS, 10’x10’ (100 sq. ft.) of additional uncovered workspace

  • $2,195.00

NOTE: All food booths in the Cuisines South America court must serve one of the following: Argentinean, Brazilian, Peruvian, Chilean, or Colombian.


Hours include Opening Ceremonies Friday, April 19, 11am–2pm. 150 sq. ft. (10’x15’) of covered operational space with three phases, 60 amps  (208v) of electrical power

  • $2,695.00


  • FEES AND PERCENTAGES TO EVENT: 10% of net food sales to cover administrative and production cost plus 4% City Fees. The event pays 8% for food sales. Vendor must pay 4% and event will pay 4%. Net food sales are defined as total coupon sales less sales tax. Each coupon is redeemed at $1.00 each.
  • HEALTH PERMIT: Each vendor is required to pay a mandatory health permit fee of $60 per booth per day. With a $10.00 per weekend technology fee. Total $130.00 per weekend.


  • PROPANE FEES: Propane Services Fee, $200.00 (5 days) or $150.00 (4 days).
  • ELECTRICAL: All food booths are supplied with basic electrical, with completed Electrical Form (to follow). ADDITIONAL electric fees will apply if you need more than the supplied amount:
  • Up to 30 amp 120 volt - $50.00
  • 30 amps 208 volt - $100.00
  • 50 amp 208 volt - $150.00
  • 70 amp 208 volt - $175.00
  • 100  amp 208 volt - $225.00
  • All prices are for single-phase. Three-phase quoted on request.
  • NOTE: All booths are lighted during evening hours of operation.
  • IMPORTANT: Propane, additional electrical and health permit fees will be deducted from your settlement report at the conclusion of the event.


  1. ACCEPTANCE: Applicants will be notified of their status on or before March 19, 2013. Applicants who are accepted will receive a contract and further information. Fee balance and contracts are due by March 31, 2013.
  2. DEPOSIT FEE: If you are NOT chosen to participate, your application fee WILL NOT BE REFUNDED once you are accepted as a food vendor and your application has been received.
  3. MENU ITEMS AND PRICING: To showcase you best, each vendor is encouraged to sell no more than four menu items. Menu items can be offered in regular and sample sized portions. Each vendor is required to show a minimum of 1 menu item in a sample portion, price not to exceed 4 coupons. Regular menu items must be priced in coupon increments (valued at $1.00 each) and approved before contract deadline.
  4. COUPONS: ALL food sales are paid for by coupon only. Vendor then redeems coupons. On April 22, 2013 and April 29, 2013, vendors will bring all collected coupons to the designated redemption center at a pre-scheduled time. At this time, coupons will be weighed: 10% of net sales (gross sales less sales tax) plus 4% City Fee and any outstanding charges will be deducted from final check. Coupons will be redeemed at $1.00 each.
  5. SALES: The food vendor will receive a check for 86% (includes city fees) of net sales (less any additional charges). Checks can be picked up 4 days after redemption or will be mailed upon request.
  6. INSURANCE: Prior to the event, vendors must show proof of General Liability insurance ($500,000 per occurrence) and name THE HOUSTON FESTIVAL FOUNDATION, INC. and CITY OF HOUSTON as additional insured. MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 10TH, 2013. NO EXCEPTIONS!

CONTACT: Greg Bess or Brenda Koci @ 713-869-0066

Melange Catering and Special Events

or email us at concessions@ifest.org


2013 Houston International Festival Concession Vendor Agreement & Release

If application is approved, vendor agrees to participate in THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2013 and to be responsible for all booth fees and additional incurred expenses. I understand that once I am accepted, my booth fee will NOT be refunded if I am unable to participate. 

RELEASE: Applicant’s signature on this application releases and forever discharges the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc., the Houston International Festival, Melange Catering, Inc., the City of Houston and Harris County, all sponsoring organizations and their elected officials, directors, employees, agents and volunteers from any responsibility, personal liability, or claims of loss or damage arising out of or in conjunction with participation in the Houston International Festival.


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Monday, April 29, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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