Vendor FAQ

When is the fest?

The 8th annual Denver Chili Fest is
September 10, 2016
noon to 6 pm         Fill out the application online here … or Download vendor application here.

Setup will begin at 7:00 am. Recipe competition judging begins at 11:00 am. We suggest you begin setup by 9 am.

Where is the fest?

At Lulu’s Farm, 14831 Brighton Rd., Brighton, CO 80601

Will the fest be cancelled if it rains?

No. The fest will go on, rain or shine.


What kinds of vendors are allowed in the Denver Chili Fest?

On the application, you’ll see 2 categories of vendor: a retail vendor and a food/drink vendor. A retail vendor may sell food products or items like crafts. If they sell food products, they generally offer samples (such salsa in a sample cup or on a chip) and sell jars or packages of the product. Booth cost is $120 and you keep all the revenue from products you sell. A food/drink vendor sells servings to be consumed at the Chili Fest; cost is $40 + 10% of revenue.

Generally, we look for vendors with products that fit the Southwestern theme. We look for hot and spicy or Southwestern food and condiment products, novelty foods, Southwestern art, décor, accessories. We also look for drink and treats that complement fiery foods. We will also accept products and services booths that fit the demographic of our attendees (35+, Caucasian, affluent, “gourmet Southwestern food lovers). The Denver Chili Fest committee has complete discretion in allowing/denying any applicant.


What kinds of vendors are NOT allowed in the Denver Chili Fest?

The following vendors are not accepted into the Denver Chili Fest: Multi Level Marketing businesses, Time Shares. Other types of vendors may be disallowed, including those deemed inappropriate to a family event. The planning committee has complete discretion in allowing/denying any applicant.

We seek a variety of  vendors and limit the number of similar vendors that are allotted booth space. Early applicants are given preference, as are those who have handmade and more distinctive products.


How do I apply for the Denver Chili Fest?

The Denver Chili Fest application can be handled by filling it out online here or printing out the pdf form and mailing it with payment to:

Denver Green Chili
10543 Beas Ln
Conifer, CO 80433


How much does a booth cost?

Booth prices for 2016 : Food Vendors


Early Bird



Postmarked or submitted online
BY July 1
Postmarked or submitted AFTER
July 1 and

Regular Booth









Tent & 2 tables


     (limited # available)



     (limited # available)


Vendors are expected to provide their own 10 x 10 tent and tables, but if needed the fest will provide tent and tables for $40.

What kinds of payments do you accept for a Denver Chili Fest booth?

Check, money order, or Paypal ONLY. Payment is not deposited into the Denver Chili Fest accounts until your booth has been accepted. 

Where do I send payment?

Please mail your payment check or money order to:

Denver Green Chili
10543 Beas Ln
Conifer, CO 80433

Please include a copy of your application if you applied online, and note on your check the name of the business for your booth, if it is not already printed on the check.


Why do I have to pay before I know if my booth is accepted?

Sending us a check for full amount is a good faith way of ensuring your booth space and matching it up to your application. It also saves us hours and hours of paper work. As volunteers, we really appreciate saving time anyway we can.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the fest?

All applicants will be notified immediately upon receipt of payment by phone and email as to their acceptance or rejection from the chili fest. Checks from accepted applicants will be deposited within a week of receipt.


Where’s my booth located?

You will receive an email on or before Sept 9 with a booth assignment number, as well as directions and a map for set up times and tear down.

How big is my booth?

Vendor booth spaces are 10′ x 10′. The Denver Chili Fest committee requests that vendors please have no more than two sides to their tents.

What if I need more space?

You can rent two spaces or more as needed.


I don’t think I need a booth. Can I just set up on the street or pass out flyers?

No. These activities are prohibited by the Denver Chili Fest. Anyone who has not paid for a booth space and is passing out information or conducting business will be escorted off the premises. If your product is suitable to circulating among the crowd and passing out samples, you need to clear it with us and pay associated charges for product promotion.

Do I have to bring my own tent and tables?

Preferably, though the fest can provide them for a limited number of vendors. You must provide your own chairs, and any displays you need. The Denver Chili Fest provides the 10 x 10 space. The Denver Chili Fest has a limited number of 10 X 10 tents for those who do not have their own and will provide both tent and tables for $40.

The Denver Chili Fest committee requests that vendors please have no more than two sides to their tents.


We’re a Non Profit. Do we get a Non Profit Discount?

The Denver Chili Fest has a flat fee for vendor booths . We do not offer a discount for non profit organizations. However, any individual or group can get an early bird discount by applying and paying by June 1. The Denver Chili Fest is a fundraiser for Food Bank of the Rockies.

Can my friend and I share a booth?

Any two vendors may opt to share a booth. The price is the same, and the size of the booth is the same. Please be sure to include both business names and contact names on your application and check.



Why do I need a tax license?

Tax licenses are REQUIRED by the city of Brighton and the state of Colorado. The Denver Chili Fest is required to provide names, addresses, and tax license numbers of all vendors before the fest. As a vendor, you will be required to collect tax on all purchases, and remit those taxes to the government within 30 days of the event.

Where do I get a tax license?

You can download tax license forms by following this link:
The page has information on regular tax licenses and special event licenses.

You can also walk in to apply: The office for tax and licensing is at
144 West Colfax AvenueDenver, Colorado80202.
(Located at the southeast corner of the
Colfax Ave. and Bannock St. intersection, Treasury is in the McNicholsBuilding in CivicCenterPark, directly across Bannock St. from the City & CountyBuilding. Please note this is a Downtown location and street parking is limited and metered.)


Which tax license do I need, Special Events or Regular?

This information can be found at the web site listed above. Basically, if you are only doing one fair this year, get a one-time special events license. If you are doing two or more fairs, get the multiple events license. If you have a regular place of business, the tax license you have for that business will cover the Denver Chili Fest as well.

We’re not selling anything; do we need a tax license?

If you are only promoting your services or business at the fest, and no money is changing hands, then you do not need to submit a tax license.



How does the Denver Chili Fest Committee decide where to place the booths?

We lay out the chili fest to facilitate channeling attendees through the event to maximize exposure to all booths. We try to put some distance between competing vendors or those with similar products. With some vendors we try to group complimentary products together.

I have a question not answered here; who can I contact?

Don’t see your question here? 
Contact the vendor manager, Anita:

Anita Edge