We’re excited to host another Monumental Marketplace on June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis. As always, our team wants this to be a positive experience for all. We ask that participants review the information below to prepare for the event. Please reach out to us with additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Are home-based vendors allowed to participate?
No, home-based vendors, or those who make an edible product in their home and not in a commercial kitchen, may not sell at Monumental Marketplace. From the IN.gov website, “HBVs may only sell their foods at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. HBV foods may not be sold at any other venue including retail food establishments (restaurants, grocery stores, etc.), flea markets, festivals, carnivals, or any other event.”
Do I need to obtain a temporary food license for the day of the event?
- If you are serving a) food, b) beverages over ice or c) beverages containing real milk or cream, you must obtain a temporary food license for the day of the event at least 48 hours before the event. This applies even if you are already licensed to sell at a farmers market in Marion County.
- If you are selling pre-packaged non-potentially hazardous food that was made in a commercial kitchen, you do not need a temporary food license.
- If you are a licensed Marion County Mobile Unit, you do not need a temporary food license.
- If you are selling whole, uncut produce, you do not need a temporary food license.
- However if you are selling packaged meat, poultry, cheese, etc. you need a temporary food license.
You can find the license application here: Temporary Food Service License Application. Indiana Grown staff will do their best to help guide you, but we strongly encourage you to direct questions concerning these food-related requirements to Kelli Whiting at email@example.com.
Are wine, beer or spirit sales allowed?
Yes! Please contact your excise officer and apply for a tradeshow/festival/exhibition permit. If you need assistance, please contact Jeff Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who do I contact about pet treats?
Can community partners participate?
Yes, community partners may apply to attend with a booth with the understanding that vendors will be prioritized if space becomes limited.
What time should I arrive/depart?
Participating members should plan to arrive at the circle between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and depart between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. All tented booths and food trucks must stay for the entire event, even if you sell out of product. We cannot have anyone driving through the circle once the event begins. If you arrive at the circle after 9:00 a.m., we cannot guarantee you will be allowed to drop your things off at your space before parking (to ensure the safety of those already in the event space).
Where will I park?
You will receive one parking pass valid between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (ET). This will allow you to park for free on the north half of Monument Circle. Registered vendors will receive additional guidance leading up to the event.
Will there be assigned booth spots?
There will not be assigned spots. Taking vendor feedback from 2021 into account, we will ask ISDA volunteers to place you in an appropriate location upon arrival. Food trucks will be parked on the inner circle (closest to the monument) and booths will be on the outer circle. We will adjust as needed to fit everyone. This is the only way to a) remain fair, as some spots may be preferred over others and b) account for those who are unexpectedly unable to attend.
How much space can I expect for my booth?
Please plan to set up your booth in a 10’x10′ space. Trucks and trailers selling ready-to-eat food may take more space.
Is sampling allowed this year?
You may sample your products this year as long as you are following the guidelines listed here: Sampling Guidelines.
Will I have access to a restroom?
There will be two portable restrooms and one additional handwashing station available on the circle.
What should I bring?
Please bring everything you need to operate your booth. If you need electrical access, bring your own extension cord. The closest convenience store is several blocks away. Vendors have struggled to find a place to break bills for change in the past, so be sure to come prepared with any change needed for cash transactions. You may bring signs or flags to decorate your tent, but remember that it can get windy downtown so be sure to secure all items appropriately.
How does Indiana Grown advertise this event?
As this event is free for vendors and guests, we do our best to get the word out with the funds we have available. This year, we are advertising the event with one printed display, social media and will notify media outlets. In years past, media has attended and some members have had the opportunity to be interviewed. We hope to see this again in 2022.