Food vendors with experience serving high volumes of customers efficiently are welcome to submit applications to participate in the 2017 National Folk Festival. In 2016, the 76th National Folk Festival attracted more than 138,000 attendees to downtown Greensboro for the FREE, three-day weekend. Organizers expect attendance to increase by as much as 30% or more in 2017.

In keeping with the National Folk Festival’s overarching focus on the traditional arts, culture, and heritage of North Carolinians and all Americans, the Festival’s foodways will feature a variety of regional and ethnic foods as well as classic festival fare. Local Festival Director Amy Grossmann explained, “With choices to please every palate, our goal is to give festival-goers the opportunity to take a culinary journey around North Carolina, America, and the world.”

Online applications are available at and must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. A committee will evaluate all applications received by the National Folk Festival.