Info for Vendors

Get BIG on Bloor! On Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, Bloor Street West will be “car free” from Dufferin to Lansdowne Avenue, from 1:00pm to midnight and noon to 6:00pm on Sunday. Many activities will be happening in the neighbourhood. Come celebrate local community, business, arts and culture. Rent one or more tables and join the festival. Sell something, share something, teach something—use your imagination!

Bring something BIG to the table. What would YOU like to bring?  Maybe it is a NEW thing, a BIG thing, a BIG idea, or a BIG meal. Whatever you can dream up! Make it BIG.

PLEASE NOTE: The festival is always changing. This year we are focussing more on Arts and Culture and more on local artists and atrtisans. The name has been changed to the the BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture. We are reducing the number of available spaces this year. There will be less vendors from outside Bloordale. We are reducing the number of food vendors. We will not allow grilling of food at the festival.

We are  working towards a Zero Waste event. This means that anything you bring to the festival should go either into the green or blue bin. The Festival reserves the right to refuse any vendor if they do not fit our criteria. If you are unsure, please contact the festival staff to find out.

Schedule for Saturday -

9:00 am  start street closure and table setup
10:00 am  street closed, tables ready for vendors
11:00 pm  street closed, all vendors vehicles cleared
1:00 pm  festival starts, stage entertainment starts, children’s activities start
9:00 pm  all festival activities end, start clearing street, please removing all valuables overnight. There will be security overnight, but the festival cannot be responsible for goods left on the street overnight.

Schedule for Sunday

9:00 am  vendors can return to set up tables
11:00 pm  street closed, all vendors vehicles cleared
noon
 festival starts, stage entertainment starts, children’s activities start
6:00 pm  all festival activities end, start clearing street, cleaning up garbage, and removing barriers
8:00 pm  Bloor Street re-opens to traffic

Details

For all participants / vendors:

  • rent a table or more, sign up online or by mail
  • sell it BIG (think of a way to be unique or literally BIG with your service / presentation)
  • you will receive updates by email as we get closer to the festival
  • there will be monthly public meetings as we get closer to the festival
  • you will receive a table number and location and a vending permit for the festival about a week before

For existing Bloor Street retail stores

  • the activity will all be out on the street, you can join in by renting a space, at a considerable discount, to sell your wares
  • sign up online or by mail
  • no additional permit is required to sell on the street for the festival
  • you can sell any merchandise that you usually sell in your store
  • sell it BIG (think of a way to be unique, or literally BIG with your service / presentation)

For existing restaurants

  • the action will be all out on the street, you can join in by renting tables for your customers to eat at
  • all food must be prepared in your own restaurant kitchen and either
    • served to customers inside your restaurant
    • served to customers on outside tables
    • sold as takeout
  • if you want to prepare food on the street you will need to obtain a Temporary Food Vendors permit from Toronto Public Health Department,
  • make something BIG, a BIG meal, BIG drink, a BIG plate…make a special for Bloor, for Bloordale, and for Toronto
  • we are expecting big crowds, please make sure you have enough food
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible, and remove any garbage

For existing liquor licences

  • a temporary liquor licence extension is required to serve alcohol outside your establishment, contact the AGCO for the correct form #3098B
  • the area must be adjacent to the licensed establishment and surrounded by a barrier
  • if you need barriers and extra table and chairs, we can arrange to rent them for you, at our cost -
    7′ barrier – $14
    8′ table – $10
    chair – $2
  • submit your application 30 days before the event, with a drawing of the proposed extension
  • the BIG on Bloor Festival is arranging for the Declaration on Municipal Significance, and the letter non-objection from the city clerk for all the establishments on this section of Bloor Street
  • the BIG on Bloor Festival will send the letter of notice to Police, Fire, Public Health and Buildings for all the establishments on the street
  • we are expecting BIG crowds, please make sure you have enough food and drink
  • have something BIG to eat or drink
  • it will help to pay for the festival if you can make a donation
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible, and remove any leftover garbage on the street

Other food vendors

  • Toronto Public Health permit is required for all food prepared and sold on the street
  • there are no grills for food allowed at the festival, they are too messy and annoying
  • sign up for a table to reserve your space
  • bring your own tent, if you have one, in case of rain
  • we are expecting big crowds, please make sure you have enough food
  • sell a special NEW meal, treat, or drink for the day
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible, and remove any leftover garbage on the street after the festival