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Vendor application

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Saturday of Labor Day Weekend Annually

Hours: 11am - 8pm

The Downtown Waterloo Food Truck Festival is more than a foodies dream, it is a competition! Vendors will be competing to be named the best of the best! Each vendor will select a signature menu item that will be available in sample size.

Attendees will be able to purchase the $5 samples and vote for the favorites.


Thank you for your interest in taking part in Waterloo’s Food Truck Festival. This event is a collaboration of local food, drinks and entertainment. Please read the following details carefully.




Completing an application does not guarantee a spot. Once accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter and invoice by August 1. Payment of vendor fees is due 08/15/2024, or you will lose your spot. You will be notified on, or before, 05/31/2024 if you have been accepted.


Accepted vendors are required to participate in a vendor meeting (via Zoom). Options for dates and times will be sent with the acceptance letter.


​It is our goal to provide the Cedar Valley with the best, most fulfilling and entertaining food truck festival Iowa has to offer! We want to maximize your sales while you're working with us to maximize the greatness of the event.


​Each vendor is required to obtain the necessary temporary food permits and be able to pass health inspection prior to the event start time. All areas around and under your truck are your responsibility to keep clean and free of spills or grease stains. Fines will be assessed for any waste or damage left behind.

You are required to be open, and serving food the entire time of the festival (11 AM to 8PM). You are required to sell a $5 SAMPLE SIZE OF THE MENU ITEM THAT WILL BE JUDGED. This item must be available the entire open hours of the festival (11 AM TO 7:30 PM).

​Please see the Black Hawk County Health Department Temporary Food Establishment Application.

​Final instructions will be emailed to accepted vendors by August 15, 2024.

​Acceptance into this year’s event does not guarantee acceptance into future years. Possible reasons for NOT being accepted this year and future years:

  • Running out of food before the end of the event

  • If you leave your area a mess with grease, garbage, boxes, etc.

  • Not selling $5 sample size of your competition item throughout the event

  • Not completing the entire Food Vendor Application in detail.

  • Closing your vendor set up prior to the festival closing to the public.

  • Not showing up for the event, or canceling your participation after 8/1/24.

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