Information for Vendors:
All vendor spaces have now been filled. Thank you to all who applied.
The vending committee encourages all vendors to review the documents below:
PLEASE NOTE: Your IA Dept. of Inspections & Appeals Application is due to them no later than July 12th! Please allow time for mailing!
Catering to RAGBRAI Guide: This document is provided by the RAGBRAI organization to help vendors prepare to be successful in serving riders’ needs. It is recommended reading for ALL VENDORS. Get the tips on the types of food riders like, peak serving times, etc. Download this PDF by clicking HERE!
Here is a recap of vendor responsibilities and requirements:
- Vendors will need a sales tax permit (Non-profits are exempt. You must show proof of non-profit status for exemption.)
- Every vendor selling food must have a food license.
- All vendors must provide proof of $1,000,000 General Liability Insurance (with RAGBRAI Altoona listed as additional insured or additional interest) with their application
- Wondering what to serve? The top 10 dinner foods, according to RAGBRAI, are: Lasagana with meat, spaghetti with meat, grilled chicken, BBQ, pizza, baked potato, steak sandwich, turkey and noodles, Mexican, beef and noodles
- Wondering what not to serve? RAGBRAI advises staying away from ham, brats, hot dog, hamburgers fruit and Gatorade. Many pass through towns are serving those foods. Riders want a full meal at night.
- 5% of all RAGBRAI riders are vegetarians
- Wondering how many you can serve? Figure your hours, how many you can seat, and how long people will take will eat. For instance:
- Open 4 hours, can seat 150 at once, people will take 45 minutes to eat=serving about 750 to 800 meals
- This is going to be HUGE, let’s buy more food!—Not so fast. If you want to make money, it’s going to be smarter and more profitable, to run out of food than have leftovers you have to throw away.
- When should we be open? Riders are early to rise and work hard during the day. They will start eating dinner around 4:30 p.m. Plan to be busy beginning about 5 p.m. Some vendors should plan to stay open until about 10 p.m.
Vendor Fees (for those selected)
Non-profit/local within the SE Polk school district – $150.00
Non-profit/outside the SE Polk school district – $350.00
Local for profit – $300.00
All others – $800.00
Clean up deposit (*required) – $150.00
Electricity/110 amps – $50
Electricity/220 amps – $100