The next Food Truck Rodeo is scheduled for Sunday, October 31st from 12-5pm at Long Leaf Park.  

Vendor Timeline

  • September 17, 2021- Vendor applications due
  • September 24, 2021- Vendors will be notified if they are selected for the event
  • October 8, 2021- Registration fees due

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.  The vendor payment to participate is a flat fee that must be paid in advance.  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.  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 be notified of acceptance by September 24, 2021
  • If accepted into the event, registration fees are due by October 8, 2021

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 October 8, 2021.  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 or credited to future event.
  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 and vaping are 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.