Dear Food Vendors, Taste of Dubuque continues to be a special event to the Tri-State area. We’re looking forward to building upon previous years’ success while also keeping things easier for our vendors. We are keeping the vendor fee structure for all food vendors. We will

Taste of Dubuque continues to be a special event to the Tri-State area. We’re looking forward to building upon previous years’ success while also keeping things easier for our vendors. We are keeping the vendor fee structure for all food vendors. We will

We will continue to emphasize the following requirements: •Absolutely

  • Absolutely NO styrofoam containers/cups/plates allowed. •Vendors must offer a sample-sized portion (a “Taste”) for $2.00 or less.
  • Any dish submitted for judging must be on the menu for guests.
  • We are capping the number of food vendors at 17. First come, first serve. Vendor status is secured with payment of vendor fee in full, proof of Temporary Food Permit from Dubuque Health Services, completed Hold Harmless Waiver, and certificate of insurance.
  • The Setup and Tear Down rules MUST be followed. The safety of our guests is our top priority.

Anyone not following these rules will not be invited back. LOCATION: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium parking lot, 350 E. 3rd Street DATE: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 TIME: Event is from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

LOCATION: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium parking lot, 350 E. 3rd Street DATE: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 TIME: Event is from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

DATE: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 TIME: Event is from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM. You are required to be ready to serve at 4:30 PM. SPACE: Food vendor space will be 15’x20’

SPACE: Food vendor space will be 15’x20’ hard surfaced space. Vendors are responsible for their own TENTS, TABLES, CHAIRS, and TRASH RECEPTACLES. Use of Taste’s trash receptacles are for the public’s use only. FREE STANDING TENTS ONLY, NO STAKES. You may have a total of 2 tents in your vendor space. ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT: Vendor is responsible for their accepted method of payment, i.e. credit card, checks, cash. Vendor retains all proceeds from items sold.

ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT: Vendor is responsible for their accepted method of payment, i.e. credit card, checks, cash. Vendor retains all proceeds from items sold.

ELECTRICITY : If electricity is needed, please provide details on the following page. Note: One roaster takes two plugins (one outlet box). Only two outlets (four plugins) allowed per vendor. Grills = One outlet box/two plugins. Generators will be allowed ONLY IF quiet running.

MENU: You will be required to display your Taste menu as listed below.

REMEMBER: Beverage sales are NOT PERMITTED. The DCHS is the sole vendor of beverages.

SETUP: Setup begins any time after 10:00 AM on event day. Setup must be completed and all vehicles removed from the site by 4:00PM.

TEAR DOWN: Tear down must begin immediately after the close of the event at 11:00PM. No vehicles on site until after 11:00PM. Vendors ARE required to clean up their immediate area before leaving. All property must be removed by 8:00AM Friday, August 4th, 2017.

  • Required Documentation

    CITY PERMIT: Temporary Food Permits must be obtained and returned to : Dubuque Health Services (563.589.4181). VENDORS WITHOUT PERMITS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON SITE. Click here for permit application.

    INSURANCE: Proof of Insurance and your carrier MUST accompany your vendor fee.

    HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT: A completed waiver MUST accompany your vendor fee. Download the Hold Harmless Waiver
  • Vendors are only provided up to two outlet boxes (four total plugins). Due to load, one roaster or one grill requires one outlet box. Generators are allowed ONLY IF quiet running.
  • Menu

    Taste of Dubuque has become one of the most popular and celebrated festivals in the Tri-state area. This even has been designed for people to enjoy a variety of food from local vendors. The word “Taste” offers a sampling of food items, not full menu items. Taste samples must be available throughout the duration of the event.

    Please fill in your complete menu below. Your menu will not be able to change once this form is submitted. Only the Taste of Dubuque committee will have the authority to change menu items.

    The “Taste” portions may not be more than $2.00.
    Requirements are for the health and safety of guests and for compliance with the City of Dubuque. Failure to agree with or comply with any of the above statements will nullify your 2017 application and potentially restrict participation in the future.
  • Vendor fees, hold harmless waivers, and certificate of insurance can be dropped off or mailed to:
    National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
    Attn:Taste of Dubuque
    350 E. 3rd Street
    Dubuque, IA 52001


    For more information about the application:
    Contact Marilyn Snyder at the Museum & Aquarium
    563-557-9545 ext. 201 or msnyder@rivermuseum.com

    For more information of the City of Dubuque's Temporary Food Establishment Permit:
    Contact City of Dubuque Health Services Department 563-589-4181