Principles & Selection Criteria

How we choose exhibitors for the MKFoodFest

General Principles

Selection criteria for MKFoodFest is based on three general principles:

The first principle is that of local producers first. We aim to make MKFoodFest a truly local food festival supporting artisan producers, with priority going to those based within a 20 mile radius of the venue.

The second principle is that of providing a diverse and changing offering to the public each year. This means that producers of similar foods may not be offered a place every year in order that other producers have a chance to showcase their products.

The final principle is that of openness and fairness. With the growing number of producers within the 20 mile radius it is inevitable that some producers will be disappointed if not offered a place. However, this is done to ensure that all producers whether new or well established have an equal chance of showcasing their products. This also allows us to maintain our second principal of offering diversity to our visitors.


20 Mile Radius

In general, no applications will be accepted from a business whose registered business address is more than 20  miles from the festival venue as the crow flies. Exceptions to this are usually only granted if the applicant offers something that is not available more locally.

Check the map below to see if you are within the radius (click on map for larger image), or click HERE and enter your postcode to check your distance.

Selection Criteria For Exhibitors

By making an application as an exhibitor you are applying for a pitch at this event and your application will be put before the organising committee for review. Exhibitors are requested not to pay for their pitch until they have received an email from the organisers confirming that they have been allocated a place. A link to the payment page will be provided in this email.

The committee will allocate places in order to create a good balance of different stalls. The emphasis for this event is on local food so we welcome applications for food stalls (not non-food and food-related items) that are located within a 20 mile radius of the venue (see map).

As a guide, we would like a customer who buys a product from you at the event to easily be able to buy from you again in the future from your regular trading activities or local outlets. Applications for MKFoodFest will be accepted up until 30th June. Applications after this date will be considered at the discretion of the committee.

Applications will be reviewed at each committee meeting throughout the year and exhibitors will be informed if they have been successful as soon as possible after the meeting in which they were considered. Applications will be rejected if an exhibitor offering a similar stall has previously been accepted. Early application is therefore advised. The applicants email address will be added to our mailing list so that they may be notified when the application process for future events opens. Unsuccessful applications will receive a full refund of any monies paid.

We strongly advise exhibitors registering their details to take particular care to provide adequate information in the stall description part of the form as this will form the basis of stall selection by the committee and vague descriptions or a lack of information may result in the committee not being able to assess suitability. In the case where more than one application has been received for apparently similar stalls, the application with the clearest and most thorough outline of their proposed selling items will be selected.

The committee reserve the right to alter the selection criteria without notice.