For vendors, attendees and speakers

What is WNC Garlic Fest?

WNC Garlic Fest is a one day event to celebrate all things awesome about garlic. We will have a wide selection of vendors with a strong garlic theme offering samples and authentic garlic experiences.

All regional crafters, artisans and garlic-gurus are encouraged to apply a booth on Saturday. We invite the public to attend this free and family friendly street fair and enjoy a unique garlic experience.

Nestled in the South Slope of downtown Asheville, attendees will experience the resurgence of this area from a blighted neighborhood to a thriving collective of entrepreneurial ventures in the historic mill and manufacturing buildings of Buxton and Banks Ave.

What is the WNC Garlic Trail?

The WNC Garlic Trail is a collection of vendors offering authentic garlic experiences for particpants to sample. It is free for participants, they just need to collect a 'Trail Map' from Sow True Seed.

For Vendors it is a great way to particpate in WNC Garlic Fest. We put a whole load of extra promotion into the Garlic Trail and your logo is listed online and on the Garlic Trail Map. We just ask that you provide a small 'authentic garlic experience' with capacity for ~250 people.

Where & when is this event being held?

WNC Garlic Fest is an annual festival in the historic South Slope area of downtown Asheville.

There will be three vendor areas:

  1. In front of Sow True Seed
  2. Next to Fifth Season Gardening
  3. On the corner of Church and Banks

The South Slope offers a great range of Breweries and Restaurants and we'll be encouraging these venues to offer a WNC Garlic Fest Special!

Where can I park?

Within a few blocks of the South Slope there are several parking garages and lots, as well as on-street parking. All are within walking distance. See map. The following locations typically offer your first hour free:

  • Wall Street Parking Deck
  • ALoft Hotel Parking Deck
  • Civic Center Parking Deck
  • Rankin Parking Deck

After on-site load-in, Saturday vendors should be able to find on street parking spaces within easy walking distance to the event.

Please remember to pay if you park in a metered spot. The city requires you to pay $1.25/hour from 9am – 6pm on and Saturday.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes! All cWNC Garlic Fest locations are at street level and easily accessible.

Can I volunteer to help?

We are currently seeking volunteers for the day of the festival, Sat. Oct 1st. If you are interested, please contact Chris, our event coordinator at wncgarlicfest@gmail.com

Is there a cost to attend WNC Garlic Fest?

WNC Garlic Fest on Saturday Oct. 1st is FREE, open to the public and family friendly.

Are you looking for sponsors?

Yes! We are seeking sponsorship for the festival. Without our sponsors, this festival would not be possible.


Are you going to have a stage and can musicians and/or entertainers apply?

We are not planning to have a stage this year, however, some of the businesses in the South Slope area will be seeking musicians for this event. If you are a local musician, we suggest you check with them.

We are considering buskers and entertainers. If you wish to participate please email us at wncgarlicfest@gmail.com and send us a link to your music and/or website as well as a description of the type of entertainment you would like to provide.

Who can participate?

Makers, artists, crafters, designers, food and service providers and collectors from the WNC region who have an independently owned, local business are encouraged to apply. WNC Garlic Fest focuses on unique local handmade items, arts and crafts, found antiques, salvaged and vintage treasures, locally produced food and drink and talented entertainment and services.

For MAKERS: the items represented for sale MUST be handmade or altered by you.

For FOOD VENDORS: All food must be handmade locally by YOU and your company. For food trucks, we ask that you feature at least 1 dish with main ingredients sourced locally. There will be vendors providing local drinks.

For RETAIL SHOPS: ALL items you sell at this event must be made by LOCAL Artisans from WNC. We suggest you check with the vendors you would like to represent to make sure there is no overlap or redundancy represented at the fair.


We aim to have a diverse collection of businesses and products represented.

We reserve the right to dismiss any exhibitor if they have misrepresented themselves or their merchandise, or for any reason we deem appropriate.

What does “juried” mean?

In determining which applicants will exhibit at WNC Garlic Fest, we rely on the expertise of seasoned artists and those intimate with the local business community to determine which applicants best display our goals of originality, uniqueness, creativity, and quality. The Jury also helps maintain the overall look and feel of the festival, to create a diverse yet complementary blend of vendors.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications must be received no later than Midnight EST on SUNDAY AUG 14TH. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than AUG 31ST.

Can I share a booth with another business?

YES. The fee for shared booth space is $50. Please note, you risk the chance of one of the applicants not being accepted.

What if something happens and I can’t make it?

If you cancel your booth before August 31ST and we are able to secure a replacement from the waiting list, you will be refunded 50% of your booth fee. Cancellations after August 31ST, will not receive a refund. No Exceptions.

Do I need to collect Sales Tax?

You are responsible for registering your small business with the IRS and North Carolina State and collecting sales tax (if applicable) for the items you will be selling. When tax time comes around, you will have to remit sales tax on all the items you sold to the state. We recommend that you call the North Carolina Department of Revenue for more info.

How much does it cost to exhibit?

A booth space is 10ft. x 10ft. and is $35 for VENDORS OR $50 FOR A SHARED VENDOR BOOTH. Food trucks are $50. You must provide your own tent, weights, tables and chairs. Electricity is not available on site. Food trucks must be able to run off their own power.

Only outdoor spaces are available. We assign the booth space and will notify you of placement the week of the festival.

What is the money from my vendor fee used for?

Your exhibition fee pays in part for logistics and the location cost including permitting, insurance and security as required by the city as well as signage. It also helps fund marketing and advertising costs ensuring this event is well attended and a success for all involved.

Will there be electricity provided on site?

No electricity will be available on-site. Food trucks and other vendors must provide their own source of electricity, if needed.

Will there be WiFi and/or an Internet Connection?

While WNC Garlic Fest will not be responsible for providing public wifi for this event, cellular towers are accessible in this area. If you plan to use wifi for this event it is the vendor’s responsibility to use a secure private connection to do transactions or business otherwise. We do not condone using nearby businesses open wifi connections without prior consent and encourage those that use the internet for transactions to use a secured private connection.

What is the deal with set-up and tear down?

Due to the limited loading space in the South Slope, we will assign you a specific time slot to unload on the morning of Saturday Oct 1st, giving you adequate time to set up before the event opens at noon. The event closes at 6 pm the same day and we are asking that everyone be out by 8:30 pm.

You will be able to pull your car up near your booth space to unload and load, if you arrive during your designated time. Cars will not be allowed to remain in the festival area, however, parking will be available within easy walking distance to your booth space.

All street vendors will receive a 10×10 ft. space to set up in. You must provide your own tent, tables, chairs and weights. The streets can get windy and we require each corner of your tent to be weighted down with sufficient weights (1 gallon water jugs are not enough).

Please, do not break down early. You are expected to remain set up until 6 pm. If you break down early we may not be able to accept you for future shows.

What are your food vendor requirements?

We accept a limited amount of food trucks plus artisanal food vendors. Food trucks and food vendors must be properly licensed by the city of Asheville and have all required health permits from Buncombe County.

There is no electricity provided on-site. Food trucks must be self-powered, provide their own water and legally dispose of their waste and waste water.

Due to permitting restrictions, we are not able to accommodate food vendors who wish to cook under a tent at this time. We will consider incorporating this option next year.

Theft and who is responsible?

WNC Garlic Fest is not responsible for personal injury or any items damaged or stolen during the duration of the event (including move-in, move-out and the hours of the event). It is the responsibility of each vendor to transport their belongings and to not leave valuables unattended.

While we do our best to ensure a safe and secure environment to sell your wares by hiring security as well as having plenty of volunteers on hand, WNC Garlic Fest is not responsible for your belongings.