$10 – $200

Party on the Plaza Food Truck / Stand

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Whistle Stop Plaza @ Ephrata Train Station

16 East Main Street

Ephrata, PA 17522

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MAINSPRING OF EPHRATA is looking for awesome food vendors and food trucks to participate in our Saturday events at Whistle Stop Plaza!

About this Event

Mainspring of Ephrata is hosting four (4) SATURDAY events in downtown Ephrata from May to September. These events were first introduced in 2017, and they were a huge success.

WHEN: Saturdays on May 16, June 27, August 15 & September19!

WHERE: Whistle Stop Plaza, 16 E. Main St, Ephrata

TIME: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

These Party on the Plaza events all combine LIVE music, food, and adult beverages along with shopping vendors!

The events run from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Plaza. This is a signature and highly visible event for our community, drawing hundreds each month to enjoy live entertainment, a variety of craft and food vendors, plus food trucks and much more!

For all these events, live music helps create a festive atmosphere and will have you tapping your toes & maybe even doing a bit of dancing!

Food Trucks and food stands are a mainstay of our Party on the Plaza events. There's always a great assortment of things to eat, from Ribs, ethnic cuisine and gourmet grilled cheese to hot dogs & french fries. We hope you'll join with us to put on a great community event!

Note: This event is family-friendly. Must be 21+ to enjoy an Adult Beverage (bring your ID... we have a 100% IDing policy, with NO exceptions...you could be 75 years old & using a walker & they still won't serve you without your ID!!)

Frequently asked questions??


How much does space cost?

• Food Vendor pricing is $50/month. Because we've had difficulty with having food vendors cancel at the last minute or not show up the day of the event, this year we are charging a REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $100 which will be returned to you the week following the event, via the same payment method as paid, or carried over to the next month if you'll be attending a future event.

What comes with my registration?

• Food STAND Vendors are given the space allotted to them that includes electric, one (1) 8-foot table, and 1 folding chair.

  • CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS: You will need to provide your own tent if you would like one. You may rent one of our tents for an additional $10. You will need to set-up & break-down the tent. Please choose the "Tent Rental" option when you register. Please add 1 tent rental for each date you are signed up for or if you are doing the Whole Season choose WHOLE SEASON. Tent Rentals are limited & are on a first-come-first-served basis. IF tent rentals become sold out, you will be notified and we will refund your rental fee.

• Food Trucks are given the space allotted to them based on the size of your truck and your serving configuration.

What paperwork are the food vendors required to provide?

• If you do not have your health inspection displayed in your truck, please forward a copy to lisa@mainspringofephrata.org.

  • CHANGE FOR THIS YEAR: FOOD TRUCKS & STANDS - A Certificate of Insurance will be a requirement of participation going forward listing Mainspring of Ephrata as an additional insured. The certificate can be obtained from your insurance agent & should be no cost to you. List as: Mainspring of Ephrata, 16 E Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522. If we do not receive your COI, you will not be able to attend the event.

  • Food handlers & service areas should be compliant with ALL PA state and Ephrata Borough licenses and regulations.

What about the weather?

• In the case of inclement weather that forces us to move the event indoors to the Ephrata VFW, Food Vendors will all receive a full refund of your monthly fee and deposit.

  • We will begin communicating with vendors as soon as we’re aware there’s a potential we’ll need to move the event indoors.

  • We will make all weather-decisions before noon on Friday before event days.

When can I set up?

• Food stands can begin setting up at 2:00 pm. We ask that food trucks arrive at 3:30 pm.

What if I need to cancel?

• Any cancellations must be given in writing and either postmarked or emailed no later than one full month before the event you’re unable to attend. Any cancellations after that will be handled on a case by case basis by the organizers to CONSIDER a partial refund. Refunds are not possible for “Whole Season” after April 17th (one month before our first event).

What if a vendor is a “no show”?

• You will forfeit your $100 deposit.

Can I break down early?

• Breaking down early is not permitted unless we close down the market early for a weather emergency or some exception is agreed upon by the organizer IN ADVANCE (Do NOT ask for this exception the day of the event!)

What communications should I expect from the Party on the Plaza Organizers?

The following is a list of important communications you can expect from us. If you have not received them, it is your responsibility to contact us and let us know as your email may be filtered. We cannot be held responsible for any important information you may have missed that was made available.

• Registration Confirmation Email (Immediately after registration)

• Party Reminder & and a recap of set up instructions (Monday or Tuesday before the event)

• Weather-related communications: as needed up to the event.

After I set up, where can I safely park?

• The parking lot beside the Reformed Presbyterian Church: 21 E. Locust St.

• The parking lot behind Bethany United Church: 140 E. Main Street

• The parking lot behind Ephrata National Bank: 31 E. Main Street

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

• Lisa Willwerth - Office: 717-721-6196 Cell: 717-271-1283 Email: lisa@mainspringofephrata.org

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16 East Main Street

Ephrata, PA 17522

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