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2019 Vendor Applications

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Cranberry Festival as an exhibitor. The festival is set up into different areas to highlight your product features best.

Most applications will be available by March 2019. Please email cbfest@muskoka.com if you a new vendor interested in joining to be added to the mailing list if your location application is not available yet. If you were a vendor in 2018, you will have received an email about re-application.

Outdoor Vendors

Applicants who are applying to be an outdoor vendor are responsible in providing their own tent. It is open to a broader variety of vendors, who would be placed in locations based on the product they are selling. Applications are still Juried so ensure that the products being offered suit the event and there are caps on the number of vendors in certain mediums.

Early Booking Application deadline #1 is April 15th 2019 for outdoor vendors

Juried Arts & Crafts Building (Arena) - wait list

Applicants who are applying for the Juried Arts & Craft Building key items:

  • Must be a Canadian Artist or Crafter who designs and produces their product in Canada

  • The Artist or Crafter is heavily involved in the production of the work

  • Their products have a high level of Craftsmanship

  • Their products are suitable to a high end quality product that is suitable, commercially viable and has appropriate price points

  • Their product is a tangible items that can be purchased at the show, or custom made to be received by the customer after the show

    This location is a stricter juried application process, where applications will be heavily critiqued to peers in similar mediums.

Country Bazaar (Community Centre- wait list) & Arts & Crafts (Stone Church)

Applicants who are applying for the Country Bazaar are still Juried, but not as strict as the Juried Arts & Crafts Building. Applicants who are applying for this location key items:

  • Must be a Canadian Artist or Crafter who designs and produces their product in Canada

  • The Artist or Crafter is heavily involved in the production of the work

  • Their product are suitable to a good quality product that is suitable, commercially viable and has appropriate price points

  • Their product is a tangible items that can be purchased at the show, or custom made to be received by the customer after the show

Food Vendors - some food categories are full. See application for more details

Food Vendor applications apply to a vendor who is making and serving their food at the event, outdoors. It does not apply to a vendor who make’s their product offsite and sells it pre- packaged.

There are a limited number of food vendors at this festival to balance the food options with the restaurants located in the town.

Note: Applications my be submitted without insurance, however upon acceptance a copy must be received within 2 weeks or September 28th, which ever is first. 

If an area is full/Wait list please email cbfest@muskoka.com to be added to the wait list to be notified when spaces become available.

Vendors that are selling premade food, and on site prepared food items are required to have a valid
 Food Vendor Special Event Permit from the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit. 

Cranberry Vendors that have been vetted and approved by the Festival Board proudly display their Approved Vendor Certificate.

To be considered a vendor in the Cranberry Economic Zone, vendors that are located on Private Property  are required by Festival and the Township of Muskoka Lakes to complete a private property application. Please scroll down for more information. 

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FAQ for Festival Vendors

Can I still apply if the deadline has passed? 
Yes, if the application is still posted on line, chances are there are spaces available. Complete applications will be accepted until October 1st and no later. Insurance must be included in the application if you apply after September 28th.

Can I be a vendor if I don't have insurance?
No

Where can I get vendor insurance?
There are a few options on where and how you can get the proper coverage. You can contact your home or auto policy broker and they can connect you with viable coverage.

You could also contact Event Insure at event@bkifg.com who know the exact specifications that the festival requires on your policy. They are offering 3 day, 2 million coverage for liability & property. You can email this application

Who needs to be listed on the insurance?

It is important that the following 2 names are listed on your insurance: 
1. The Bala Cranberry Festival, PO BOX 72, Bala, Ontario, P0C 1A0 and,
2. The Township of Muskoka Lakes, 1 Bailey St, Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0

I'm a new vendor, do I need insurance before i'm approved?

You can wait to hear if you are accepted and approved to be a vendor before purchasing insurance. Upon acceptance to the festival, please start the process of obtaining insurance. 

My insurance doesn't renew until later in the year, what should I do?

Just email us the month for when your insurance renews, and we will follow up with you then. 

I just want to come for Saturday and Sunday, how much is that?
Cranberry Festival is a 3 day event, all vendors must participate for all 3 days

When will I receive load-in information?
Expect details for load-in to arrive in your inbox end-September/early October. Booth locations will be given upon your arrival at registration. 

Where can we stay?
There are many great hotels, motels and inns in the area that are in or close to Bala. Some have special rates for Festival Vendors. Please visit our accommodations page for local options.

What campgrounds are open? 
There are no local campgrounds open after Thanksgiving weekend. 

Where can we park our RV? 
Muskoka Lakes Township has designated TBD for overnight RV guests for a weekend rate of $60.  There are NO hookups for electrical or sewer. You may contact us to reserve a space. 

I'm a food vendor, where do I get my health permit?
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit application found here

How many festival passes do we get?
Two come in your registration package. 

What if I want more than two?
Contact the Cranberry Office with your request. Consideration will be on a case by case basis. 

What are some of the demographics of the visitors?
Have a read through the 2014 Impact Study that was done. We will be doing another study for 2018.

Private Property Vendors

To be considered a vendor in the Cranberry Economic Zone, vendors that are located on Private Property  are required by Festival and the Township of Muskoka Lakes to complete and submit the below form. Please have the form submitted by October 1 2019 in order to allow time to get the permit prepaired.