Tomato Cuisine / Food

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Fried Green Tomatoes Booth

Food Vendor Registration

Registration for the 2021 Hanover Tomato Festival will open December 2020.

  1. Full Menu
  2. Specialty
  3. Tomato Only

Full Menu vendors must have a minimum of two food items on their menu that feature the signature Hanover Tomato, such as:

  • Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches (BLTs)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Tomato pie, etc.

Placement in the festival is contingent on the quantity and uniqueness of your Hanover Tomato cuisine.

Permits & Inspections

Health and/or Agricultural Department permit is required for all food-related sales.

All vendors selling food must fill out an Application for a Temporary Food Permit (PDF) with the Virginia Health Department.

Inspections by the Hanover County Fire Marshall’s Office and Virginia Department of Health will be conducted on the event day. No sales allowed until approved. Please read carefully the Virginia Department of Health (PDF) and Hanover County Fire Marshall (PDF) requirements. 


All applications must be submitted to the Chickahominy Health Department no later than June 8, 2020.


Refunds will not be issued for failure to pass inspection and/or removal from the event.

Additional Information

  • Booth spaces are approximately 20 by 20 feet.
  • All tents, chairs, tables and items for sale, etc. are the responsibility of the vendor. Tents must be securely weighted down, staking of tents is prohibited.
  • All personnel must remain within the vendor’s space. Informational flyers and menus must be distributed within the vendor’s space.
  • No roving vendors are permitted. All walkways must remain clear at all times.
  • Generators are permitted for food vendors. The make and model information must be provided at the time of application. The vendor must supply grounded electrical cords in good condition to be used at the booth space.
  • Vendors are required to provide a complete menu at the time of application and will not be permitted to sell items that are not approved.
  • Access to potable water is provided. Individual vendor hookups are not permitted.
  • Bagged Ice will be available for purchase (three 10 pound bags for $10; cash only).
  • Vendors are responsible for the collection and removal of their own trash from the Festival premises. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or denial in future participation in the Hanover Tomato Festival.