INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE - Announcement of FOI Glimpses

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE    Announcement of FOI Glimpses     11-02-2021

As we indicated in our Press Release of 8/23/2021, that after Charlotte Center City Partners decided to postpone all events under the Charlotte SHOUT initiative this year, we followed their lead and decided to cancel our Festival of India, that we had rescheduled for September 25, 2021 at the Gateway Village Uptown.

FOI is a sheer labor of love for our all volunteer team, and we have been heartened by the continuing support and encouragement of all our ardent sponsors.

Even though we were very disappointed, our team is passionate about our mission, and were clamoring to persevere, and they have been working hard on a virtual "Glimpses of the Festival of India" event, based on the theme of celebrating a very popular Indian festival called Diwali. We are delighted to present a video recording of that live event here at: 

https://youtu.be/yulv6AQjr7g

Hope you enjoy the video presentation and walk away with a tiny glimpse of our rich cultural heritage? In the process, we also take pride in keeping the spirit of Festival of India alive here, and are committed to continuing our annual festival Uptown, next Fall. We pledge to keep you informed as we start planning for that early next year, and will keep you updated with the latest on this website.

2021 Food Vendor Booths Sold out

All Food vendor booths are sold out for the 2021 Festival Of India. 

Food Vendor Registration - Frequently Asked Questions

 What are the steps to register as a Food vendor?

  • You will need to have an account (or create one) with the Festival of India website, before you can register to participate as a Food vendor.
  • Read and agree to all the vendor guidelines listed below.
  • Provide all vendor information on the online Registration Form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  • Then you will be able to choose a Booth# from the layout and pay for it during the registration process.
  • Booths will be assigned based on first-come first-served.
  • Once you have completed the registration and paid for the Booth and the security deposit, your registration process is complete and the Booth reservation will be in CONFIRM
    status.
  • Also, view, print, complete the mandatory Health Department TFE (Temporary Food Establishment) application form and the Rules and Regulations form, and mail it in.
  • Details about your Booth reservation and payment receipt will be e-mailed to you.

How can I create an account with the Festival of India?

For the first time, when you register, you will be asked to create a new account. You will be required to validate the email address you provide during the creation of the account. This validation will happen by our system sending a validation message to your email address and you will then need to acknowledge the validation link, before your account creation process is complete. 

Can a Vendor book more than one Food Vendor booth? 

Food Vendors, Restaurant Owners and their affiliate branches cannot book more than one Food Vendor booth. It is the responsibility of the Food Vendors to declare their business interest and partnerships. Restaurant Owners cannot change their names and book more than one Food Vendor booth. Such practices may be ground to cancel Food Vendor registration and forfeit registration fees.

How can I look at what information is needed for the online Registration form?

Please click here to view the Food Vendor Registration form, that will need to be completed during the registration process.

What happens after I complete the Registration form and submit it?

It gets sent to the festival Food Vendor Lead person, for review, completeness and approval. 

What are the opening dates for Food Vendor Registration?

Food Vendor Registration will open at 6 PM on August 10th, 2021 and will be open until all Food Vendor booths are sold out.

How do I know the cost associated with a Booth that I want to reserve?

During Registration, you will see the layout, Booth# and associated prices. 

How do I pay the security deposit during registration?

Security deposit will be collected like other payments through PayPal. At the end of the registration, security deposit will be added to the cost of the Food Booth and you will see the total sum (Cost + Security Deposit) as the amount for the PayPal transaction.

What is the TFE (Temporary Food Establishment) form for? How do I look at the kind of information needed to complete it?

It is a form mandated for all food vendors by the Food Department. Please click here to view the TFE form. You will need to print a copy, complete, sign and mail to Festival Lead for Food Vendors: Ashish Mishra, 6800 South Creed Rd, Charlotte, NC 28272-3885.

You must also draw the set-up diagram in a neat and legible way, per sample shown on the TFE form, and attach it to your application. Also attach a $75.00 check payable to MECKLENBURG COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, fee required by the Food Department.

What are the Rules and Regulations form for Food Vendors?

It is a form mandated for all food vendors. Please click here to view this form. You will need to print a copy, complete, initial each line, sign and mail to Festival Lead for Food Vendors: Ashish Mishra, 6800 South Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277-3885. 

When do Food Vendors need to decide on menu items and prices?

Food Vendors will have to submit the final menu with prices by mail or email no later than August 25th, 2021. 

Can Food Vendors change menu items and prices before the start or during the Festival?

Food Vendors will be provided an approved menu with prices by August 30th, 2021. Menu items and prices cannot be changed after submitting or during the Festival. Any changes to this are
subject to penalties as listed below.

Can Food Vendors display their own banners and pictures?

Food Vendors will be provided with display boards by the Festival of India Committee with their approved menu and prices. Food Vendors are not allowed to display their own banners or pictures of their menu items

Can Food Vendors use space outside the booth?

Food Vendors will not be able to cook, display or sell food outside the booths. It is against Mecklenburg County Health Department rules to cook, sell or display food outdoors in the open that does not have an overhead cover.

Can Food Vendors cook at the venue?

Food Vendors will have to sell pre-prepared food items as this is a one-day event. Food Vendors can use hot cases to keep food warm but will not be able to cook at the venue.

Will there be electrical power available for Food Vendors?

Food Vendors will be provided with power outlets that will be powered by a Generator during the operating hours of the Festival. 

 Will Food Vendors trucks be allowed in lieu of tents?

Food Vendors trucks will NOT be allowed at the Festival in 2021.

Where can I find the layout of the Food vendor Booths?

Click here to see the outside Layout map

What type of payment options are accepted? 

Payments are accepted through PayPal only. You don't need to have an account with PayPal. You can pay as a guest using your Credit Card during the checkout process.

Do you have a refund/cancellation policy? 

Yes, please see the Guidelines below for our refund/cancellation policy. 

How will I get a refund?

In the event that you are eligible to receive the refund, the payment will be refunded through PayPal refund process, as long as it is within PayPal refund timelines (45 days). If PayPal refund is not possible, a check will be mailed.

What if I have questions that are not addressed above?

Please contact the Festival Lead for Food Vendors Ashish Mishra at (704) 621 8425 email:ashish@mishraarch.com

As a Food vendor at the FOI (Festival of India), you are required to follow the following guidelines throughout the duration of this event.

  • Each Vendor registration with FOI is non-transferable. Vendors may not sublet or share their booth or any part thereof. Violations of any of these guidelines will result in vendor being asked to leave the Festival and forfeit all fees paid.
  • You will be provided a space as shown on the layout with four 6 feet tables and two chairs.
  • Sign of each vendor name will be provided by FOI. FOI will guide and provide overall direction for setup and coordination.
  • Vendor booth must be setup by 9:00 AM on Saturday to be ready for Health Department inspection and by 10:00 AM on Saturday.
  • Street closings are monitored by the City Police. You will be allowed to park near West Trade Street for the purpose of loading & unloading only.
  • All vehicles must be off the festival street site by 10:30 AM. This is enforced by police and after that time, any vehicles still on the street will be towed, at the expense of vendor/owner of the vehicle.
  • All day parking options are available near the festival site, at a number of parking decks, at vendor expense.
  • Vendor will be totally responsible for satisfying all license and tax compliance issues mandated by the state of NC, related to all transactions in your Booth.
  • City of Charlotte provides adequate safety during the festival. But security of the products in the booths is the sole responsibility of the vendor.
  • FOI date is reserved and committed with the Charlotte Shout in advance. A week before, we start monitoring the weather forecast diligently. But the festival will take place no matter the weather! We expect you to keep an eye on the weather as well, and come prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us during the festival weekend.
  • Security Deposit: A security deposit will be required before the booth is confirmed. This deposit amount will be $300 for booths only. This Security deposit will be held by the Committee till September 31st , 2021, and used for penalties of any violations to the Rules listed below. Those penalties will be:
    • Vendor using space beyond the Booth space: $200
    • Vendor changing or tampering with FOI printed Menu and Price List: $100
    • Vendor using personal banners: $100
    • Vendor spilling trash and grease on the road and sidewalk after the end of the Festival. This will be a variable amount depending on how much cleanup is required and will be at the discretion of the  Festival of India Committee.
  • Refund/Cancellation policy: We understand that sometimes things do not go as planned, because of factors beyond our control. Here is our refund policy:
    • 70% Refund – If cancellation requested 30 days before the start date of the festival.
    • 40% Refund - Within 30 days of the start date of the festival.
    • No Refund – Within 10 days of the start date of the festival.
    • No Refund – if inclement weather disrupts activity on the street.
    • The Security deposit will be returned in full if there is a cancellation before the start of the Festival.
    • If the Festival of India 2021 get cancelled due to risks related to Corona Virus, Vendors will get a full refund of their booth charges paid and security deposit.
  • Food Vendor booths with already approved TFE forms, will be inspected for compliance, by the Health Department inspectors by 10:00 AM on Saturday of the festival.
  • Food Vendor must read and understand the Health department regulations and sign the document.
  • Per Health Department mandatory requirements, Food Vendor must follow all the regulations including, but not limited to the following:
    • Keep the food service facility in clean surroundings and maintain it in a clean and sanitary condition.
    • Use screens for protection of food against flies and other insects, and these must remain in place for the duration of the festival.
    • Protect food with glass or equivalent on top, front and ends. Food should not be exposed to the public or any other means of contamination.
    • Keep equipment thoroughly clean and maintain sanitary conditions at all times.
    • Provide 2 1⁄2 gallon water jug with spout (available at Walmart).
    • Provide hand washing facilities for their workers. At a minimum provide a plastic sink with bucket (available at Home Depot), soap and single use towels.
    • Make arrangements to heat water in a coffee pot that has a gravity flow flip faucet.
    • All workers must wash their hands after using Port John toilet facilities, located conveniently across the festival area.
    • Must have adequate refrigeration for perishable foods. Cold foods must be maintained at 45 F or below.
    • Must provide hot food holding units to keep potentially hazardous foods at or above 140 F.
    • Must have at least one stem thermometer (0-220F) to monitor temperature of all hot and cold foods.
    • Must store all foods and single service items above floor level.
    • All refuse should be disposed in garbage cans only. City will provide garbage cans located conveniently across the festival site.
    • Foods brought from an approved kitchen should be prepared, transported, handled and stored in a sanitary manner.
    • Foods brought from an approved kitchen should be clean, wholesome, and free from adulteration and obtained from an approved source.
    • Should make sure that vendor workers are free from contagious or infection disease.
    • Make sure that their vendor workers do not use tobacco, in any form while preparing, handling or serving food.
    • Must not change the menu listed in the online Registration form. Any major menu changes may result in vendor being asked to leave the festival and forfeit all fees paid.
    • Must provide all condiments including plates, cutlery, napkins, etc.
    • Maintain an accurate list of all workers, to assist investigators in the event of a food-borne illness outbreak.
  • You are expected to behave professionally with courtesy, in all your dealings with festival organizers, sponsors, participants and visitors. Violations of any of these guidelines will result in vendor being asked to leave the festival and forfeit all fees paid.
  • The decision of the Food Vendor Lead is final and binding. FOI leadership team takes all decisions, based solely on ensuring successful execution of the festival.

COVID Guidelines

  • A couple of Sanitizing stations will be placed around the venue, for use primarily by visitors and others.
  • We strongly recommend that you bring additional sanitizing supplies like masks, gloves, and extra sanitizer.
  • You will be responsible for sanitizing your booth and all the merchandise, on an ongoing basis.
  • It is mandatory for you to follow all Federal, State, City and Charlotte Shout guidelines, related to the Covid pandemic.

Vendor Liability

  • Vendor will assume liability coverage protection, in case of any damage, loss, harm or injury to its agents, employees or visitors at the festival event, and absolve Festival of India of any and all
    liability.

YES. I have read all 2021 Food vendor participation guidelines and wish to proceed with Registration

Food Vendor Layout Maps

Download - TFE & Rules Form

In addition to completing the registration form, you will need to print a copy, complete and sign and mail in the Vendor Rules form & TFE form with a $75.00 fee to Ashish Mishra. 

Temporary Food Establishment Form

Employee Health policy

Mecklenburg County TFE - Additional Information

Rules & Regulations Form

 

 

Food Vendor Booths

Booth Size Cost Vendor Name
F01 10x10 $300 Bayleaf Indian Grill 
F02 10x10 $300   Biryani Pot
F03 10x10 $300  Nirvana II
F04 10x10 $300 Hindu Center of Charlotte 
F05 10x10 $300  Aloha Sno