October 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2022


In October of 2022, Oktoberfest will celebrate its 35th year in Downtown Hickory. This festival celebrates Hickory’s German heritage. It attracts approximately 100,000 people over the span of 2 & 1/2 days. We are excited you are considering joining us!

Festival Food Vending Hours:
Friday, October 7th: noon - 11pm
Saturday, October 8th: 10am - 11pm
Sunday, October 9th: noon - 5pm

This year we have 3 types of food vendors! You will be selecting one of the categories below when you pay your vendor fees to participate in the festival. All fees must be paid in advance of the festival. Please make sure you have all the necessary permits to serve food in Catawba County and that you have accurately measured the linear feet you need. We have strict guidelines from the fire department about spacing between vendors who are cooking.

• Multi-Item Food Vendor: You sell more that one type of food and do not use a food truck.

• Food Truck: You operate a food truck.

• One Item Food Vendor: You only sell one item in a 10 x 10 space. Examples: Pop Corn, Lemonade, Pizza

If you are accepted as a Vendor, you must open promptly and remain open and serving customers for the entire festival. You may not close or leave early.

We are now accepting vendor applications for the 35th Oktoberfest in Downtown Hickory, NC, on October 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Notifications of Acceptance will be sent out (via email) by September 2nd, 2022.

All Vendor fees must be paid online and received no later than 5pm on September 9th, 2022.

Vendor logistical details will be emailed out promptly upon acceptance

Our email is info@downtownhickory.com

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Hickory, NC 28603

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