Dates & Hours
The 2023 Wooden Boat Festival is September 8-10, 2023.
Thursday night is optional but recommended. Bar Harbor opens at 5 PM, and we encourage you to be open as early as you have food available, and to stay open until 11 PM.
Friday 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM
Bar Harbor is open until midnight Friday and Saturday nights. We ask that you stay open until at least 7 PM and as late as possible. The late night crowd can be a hungry one! Please do not tear down before 4 PM on Sunday.
We will be following the guidelines of the State and Public Health for whatever phase we are in come September. This will be evolving throughout the spring and summer. Please apply if you are interested in participating in this year’s Festival!
- Current Washington State business license. Out-of-state vendors can get a temporary license here.
- Port Townsend business license
- Jefferson County Health Department Food Services Permit
- Proof of Insurance with Wooden Boat Foundation named as additional insured
- Tent weights approved by City of Port Townsend
- Fireproof tent if you have open flame under your tent
- Fire extinguisher
- See electrical requirements
- Trash containers
- Adapter for RV plug to electrical cord
- Bee traps
- Oil can for used oil
- A great attitude!
The City of Port Townsend will be inspecting vendors for approved tent weights, electrical cord usage, and fire extinguishers.
The silverware washing station has been a huge success since 2017. In keeping with our plastic reduction crusade, we’re going for a 100% plastic-free Festival!
No single-use plastic bottles
No plastic straws
No plastic drink lids
No plastic flatware
We provide all the labor and infrastructure to help support this cause. You can make a difference!
In efforts to keep our waters pristine and minimize our impact on the environment, we have added compost to the food court. All food vendors will be required to purchase products that comply with the facility that will be taking our compost. We will be providing recycling bins and composting bins throughout the food court and bars. We ask for you to join us in these efforts to make the festival as clean and green as possible!
10 x 15 = $800
10 x 20 = $1100
Vendors in Food Court:
- Only one 30 amp electric outlet per vendor is guaranteed.
- In some cases we can provide more electricity—order during the application process. You will only be charged if we can provide more electricity.
- Please be prepared to operate with minimal electricity.
- We require the wattage of your equipment when you apply.
Vendors Located Outside of Food Court:
- No vendor may run power cords over 100 feet.
- You must have heavy duty 100 foot extension cord properly sized for your watts and amps.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
- After reading the information on this page, click the button at the bottom of the page.
- Complete the application process including waivers.
- Wait to hear from the Festival Director, who will contact you within a few days to chat about the event before accepting your application.
- When accepted you will receive an invoice via email from our finance department with options and instructions on how to pay.
How do you choose who is approved?
When will I know if I am approved?
I’m from out of state. How do I get a temporary business license?
How much power is available?
Is there anything I can’t sell?
Why do you pre-approve menu items?
What do you provide?
- A weekend full of Festival goers, boats, music, and fun
- Open space for your tent/booth (10×10, 10×15, 10×20)
- One electrical outlet per vendor
- A 3-compartment sink with hot water to be shared between all food vendors
- Sanicans located across from food court and throughout Festival grounds
- Large trash receptacles to empty yours into. Located in the “Back 40” parking lot
- Composting bins with recycling bins
- Parking space behind your tent
- Free passes for you and your employees
Where do I check in? Where is my booth?
Please arrive at the Exhibitor Gate after noon on Thursday. You will receive your Festival passes and parking passes there, as well as a map with your location in the food court. Your spot in the food court will be clearly marked. Please stay inside your allotted space. If you require extra space please email email@example.com.
Where can I get ice?
Where can I dump my grey water?
Where can I dump used oil?
Do I have to clean up?
By applying you agree to the following policies for food vendors:
- You must have a current Washington State Business license and a Jefferson County Health Department Food Services Permit
- You must provide us with proof of insurance and name NWMC additional insured
- You agree to meet all Jefferson County and Washington State health regulations.
- You agree to bring an appropriate fire extinguisher.
- You agree to bring appropriate tent weights approved by the City of Port Townsend.
- You agree to not sell single-use bottled water or drinks.
- You agree to eliminate plastic straw usage during the Festival.
- You agree to eliminate plastic drink lids.
- You agree to not dump anything but water down the sewer lines.
- You agree to not serve alcohol.
- You agree to leave your space as you found it, clean of all food, refuse, litter, etc. If your space is not cleaned up, you will be charged a minimum cleaning fee of $100, potentially more, and your chances of returning diminish greatly.
- You agree to take your trash to the dumpsters and not put it in trash bins in the food court.
- You agree to participate in our composting and recycling programs.
- You agree to purchase all serving products from the recommended sources.
Keep Our Sea Plastic Free! We’re stepping up our environmental sustainability efforts for the future of our oceans and the wildlife that depends on them. Click here to learn how you can help.