Important Dates

Registration deadline:
July 1
After July 15
Mandatory meeting:
August 17
Festival dates:
August 28-30
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Application Information

All applications must be received by July 1, 2016. Please contact Pamela Zeid at the Skokie Park District, (847) 674-1500, ext. 2715 before that date should you need more information. Selection and confirmation notices will be mailed by July 15, 2016. Notification date is subject to change due to deadline extension if necessary.

Online Application

Apply online here.
All applicants must download and read the full participation guidelines (pdf).

Selection Criteria

Selections will be based on a completed application, menu selection, quality and pricing with priority given to Skokie-area restaurants. The committee reserves the right to limit food items to a single vendor and to request additional information on menu items, ingredients, etc.

Application Requirements

Food Vendors must complete Skokie's Backlot Bash application form and obtain a temporary food permit from the Village of Skokie Health Department. Menus, ingredient information and price lists must be submitted at the time of application. Any changes to menu after acceptance into the festival must be approved by Skokie's Backlot Bash Committee.

Mandatory Meeting

All food vendors are required to attend a mandatory meeting with the Skokie Health Department 3 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie and will begin promptly at 3 pm. This meeting is mandatory. Failure to attend this meeting may invalidate your permit for the event. Please note: Any food vendor without previous outdoor festival experience may also be required to attend a separate meeting with the Skokie Health Department officials at a date, time and location arranged by the Health Department. This meeting is in addition to the mandatory food vendor meeting on Monday, August 17, 201

Vendor Fees*

Booth Fee: $600/3 days
Clean-Up Bond/Security Deposit: $200/refundable after event *NO FEE REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION. Upon notification of acceptance, the food vendor fee and clean-up bond/security deposit MUST be received within 10 days of the date on the notification letter. Failure to submit the required fees by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of acceptance. Withdrawal of application once acceptance and fees have been confirmed and received will result in the forfeiture of all fees paid.