In following the federal government’s recommendations to limit public gatherings, the Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for August 2nd has been CANCELED.  The next rodeo is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Ogden Park.  We will post details as we get closer.  For official up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 visit Health.NHCgov.com.

The vendor application period is currently closed.

Vendor Timeline  TBD

Please note that the vendor participation fee/donation amount for participation in the rodeo has changed.  Beginning with the April 19, 2020 Food Truck Rodeo, vendors will pay a flat fee instead of 10% of sales.  These fees shall be paid in advance of the Food Truck Rodeo, and no additional money will be owed for the event after the initial fee is paid.  These changes were made in order to simplify the registration and donation collection process for our vendors and the Parks Conservancy.

The new participation fees are as follows:

$225 – Alcohol vendors
$200 – Food vendors (selling meals, entrees)
$150 – Single item vendors (selling only desserts or beverages)

Once applications have been submitted and vendors selected, the registration fee will be due on March 9.  Vendors will receive notification on February 24 if they are selected for the event.

For more information contact nhcparksconservancy@nhcgov.com

Vendor Rules & Information

Participation Fees:

The Food Truck Rodeo is a fundraiser for the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County.  All funds raised from this event directly support New Hanover County’s parks.  Beginning with the April 2020 rodeo, participation fees are as follows:

$225 – Alcoholic beverage vendors
$200 – Food trucks/trailers (serving meals, entrees)
$150 – Single item vendors (selling only desserts or beverages)

  • Vendors will receive notification on February 24 if they are selected for the event.
  • If accepted into the event, registration fees are due by March 9, 2020.

General Rules:

  1. Vendors must have wheels and be mobile (i.e. truck, trailer or food cart).
  2. Registration fees are due in advance to secure your spot in the event. The fee is due by March 9, 2020.  Failure to pay the fee by the due date will result in loss of event space.
    1. The Food Truck Rodeo is an outdoor event and is held rain or shine. The registration fee is non-refundable.
    2. If the event is cancelled by the Parks Conservancy for any reason, the registration fee will be refunded.
  3. No food and/or beverage sales are allowed without a valid permit. You must have a copy of the permit with you during the Food Truck Rodeo.
  4. Vendors must comply with all laws, ordinances, and regulations of the United States, State of North Carolina, New Hanover County, and City of Wilmington, including health laws and regulations, including but not limited to special events.
  5. All prepared food items, meat, fish, and cheese sold must meet state and local health regulations including the inspection of the prepared foods seller’s kitchen by NCDA health inspectors, and labeling in compliance with the regulations. Sellers must have a copy of their inspection form with them when selling at the Food Truck Rodeo.
  6. Smoking is not permitted in New Hanover County parks.

Display/Set-up:

  1. One truck/vendor space is approximately 10’ x 30’ for one food truck. Parks staff reserves the right to require trailers to unhitch if necessary due to space limitations.
  2. Set-up time is 9-11:30am. Vendors must stay until the event closes at 5pm.  The event officially opens at noon, but customers have been arriving earlier each event.
  3. Parks & Gardens staff or designee will assign vendor space.
  4. Upon arrival, vendors should check in with Parks & Gardens staff at the entrance gate for directions on where to set up.
  5. Vendors must provide their own tables, displays, canopies, tents, etc.