The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board of Directors invites you to apply to participate in the Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. Old fashioned fun, food, entertainment, games, arts and crafts and community displays make this a wonderful community event.
DEADLINE: Food Booth applications are due August 12th.
To apply for the Non-Alcoholic Beverage Lottery, please go to www.mbfair.org. Applications for the Soda/Water Lottery are due June 12th.
All Participation Fees and Health Department Paperwork due August 31st.
Food Booth Information
The Food Booths at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair are a mix of old and new. Several organizations have hosted a Food Booth for many years in a row and each year there are new groups who recognize this unique fundraising opportunity and apply to participate.
On average, there are 50+ local charitable organizations who apply to host a Food Booth. For many this is a primary source of funding for their groups cause.
The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board of Directors strives to enhance the event each year to provide opportunities for our local charitable groups to thrive.
Food Vendor Qualifications
Local, charitable organizations which are non-profit and have 501(c)3 status, are eligible to apply. Preference is given to organizations that directly contribute to the Manhattan Beach community. Commercial food vendors will not be accepted unless all profits are being donated to a non-profit organization.
To maximize the fundraising opportunities for every group and to avoid duplication, only one food type (with the exception of beverages) will be allowed on Live Oak and Dorsey Fields. In addition, organizations are only allowed to sell the food item(s) for which they've been approved, no exceptions. For example, a group selling hot dogs may not also sell water.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
The Base fee for a '10x10' (Single) Booth space is $95 for a Manhattan Beach Non-Proft Organization and $120 for an Outside Manhattan Beach Non-Profit Organization. If your organization operated a booth during the 2021 fair and would like to reserve the same space, there is a $50 fee and it is strongly encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.
The qualifications for the county's fee exemption have changed. In 2022, booths selling prepared or pre-packaged items are required to pay a county permit fee of ~$184 to sell and prepare items and ~$82 to sell pre-packaged items. Note, this in addition to the MBHTF registration fee. The MBHTF Board is seeing rising costs across the board, but we will be offering a registration discount to help the community. We will provide the necessary Health Department paperwork as well as other fair weekend specifics once your application is submitted and accepted.
The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board of Directors strives to keep fees at a minimum so that local charitable organizations can reap the benefits of this unique fundraising opportunity. In paying the base registration fee, each organization will be provided with appropriate space for their food or beverage booth. Each organization is required to supply all equipment necessary to meet L.A. County Health Department regulations, including items such as a canopy that is enclosed on three sides, *appropriate ground covering*, hand washing station, tables, chairs, utensils and other supplies necessary to operate the booth.
The Health Department requires all operators to have a ground covering the same size as the booth. The covering needs to be solid and securely fastened to avoid a tripping hazard.
We are continuing our efforts to be environmentally conscious and taking strides to be 'green'.