Vendor Info

BIG on Bloor Festival vendors

Get BIG on Bloor! On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Bloor Street West will be "car free" from Dufferin to Lansdowne Avenue, from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. On Sunday, July 24, many activities will be happening in the neighbourhood. Come celebrate local community, business, arts and culture. Rent one or more table 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 idea, or a BIG meal. Whatever you can dream up! Make it BIG.

Schedule for Saturday, July 23, 2011

9:00 start street closure and table setup
10:00 street closed, tables ready for vendors
12:00 street closed, all vendors vehicles cleared
1:00 festival starts, stage entertainment starts, children’s activities start
6:30 dinner party, invite all your friends and neighbours
9:00 all festival activities end, start clearing street and removing barriers
12:00 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 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 table to sell your wares or use your own
  • 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
  • Second Harvest has offered to pick up unused food at the end of the festival, if you are interested, read the guidelines
  • 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 - $10
    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

  • a Toronto Public Health permit is required for all food prepared and sold on the street
  • 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
  • Second Harvest has offered to pick up unused food at the end of the festival, if you are interested, read the guidelines and contact them for pickup.
  • make arrangements to reduce as much as possible, and remove any leftover garbage on the street