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Attention Foodies: 2019 Festival of the Arts Food Booth Applications Now Open

Planning for Festival of the Arts’ 50th year is officially underway, and now is the time to submit applications for food booths for 2019.
A food booth being run by volunteers at Festival of the Arts

A food booth being run by volunteers at Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts
50th Anniversary
June 7, 8 and 9, 2019
Downtown Grand Rapids

A Festival of the Arts volunteer enjoying some food

A Festival of the Arts volunteer enjoying some food

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox serves Souvlaki each year

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox serves Souvlaki each year

Planning for Festival of the Arts’ 50th year is officially underway, and now is the time to submit applications for food booths for 2019. Interested parties should visit festivalgr.org and complete the application electronically or print and mail-in the forms along with the required application fee.  Email [email protected] with any questions.

Those interested in having a food booth at Festival of the Arts must be a registered 501c3 non-profit or charitable organization located in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newago, or Ottawa County. Last year, 18 organizations set up booths offering delicious ethnic specialties, desserts and more.  Check out the participants and their offerings on the food booth page at festivalgr.org.

“Having a food booth is a wonderful way for an organization to raise significant funds since only 24 percent of proceeds goes to cover Festival costs and all taxes paid to the State of Michigan,” said Tim Postema, Festival of the Arts Food Booth Chair.  “Over Festival’s 49-year history, food booth proceeds have helped build churches, fund school projects, promote food pantries and helped support local arts organizations.  It’s amazing how impactful fundraising with a Festival food booth can be.”

Festival of the Arts encourages those interested to apply soon since space is limited. Deadline for submission is November 16, 2018.  Festival of the Arts welcomes and values diversity and anyone meeting the application requirements is encouraged to apply online.

Festival of the Arts takes place the first full weekend of June every year, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 7, 8 and 9 in downtown Grand Rapids. 

About Festival of the Arts

In 1969, Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The 43-foot-tall, vibrant red stabile, which became known as “The Calder,” inspired a celebration – one that’s grown to encompass most of downtown Grand Rapids.

Festival of the Arts, always the first full weekend of June, will celebrate its 50th year in 2019 on June 7, 8 and 9 in downtown Grand Rapids.  The three day event family friendly remains free and features several stages of performances taking place all day, a juried arts exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by local non-profit organizations. Festival also offers creative activities for children and adults to enjoy with opportunities to make your own art or purchase art from many West Michigan artists. For more information visit festivalgr.org or check out Festival of the Arts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

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