We provide a premier opportunity for a variety of specialty food and artisan vendors to exhibit and sell their products at our festivals and events.
SWARM events provide the platform which supports the innovation and artistic drive of the local community to be able to display and sell their products and lifestyles in an open marketplace. Growing small businesses by providing them exposure and increasing their presence through experiential marketing and events, we are an incubator that brings forth unity and support in collaboration with emerging entrepreneurs looking to realize their vision.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
Fill out the form above and get in contact with our vendor manager.
Swarm generally only accepts vendors with experience. References from major event production companies, or similar venues, are usually required. Exceptions from this requirement are occasionally granted. The standard space size is 10′ x 10′ for retail and food, but we can accommodate almost any size operation. Commercial trailers, food trucks, including carnival and marquee styles, are generally accepted. Trailer exceptions will be made for other festivals only after notification and review of special circumstances (i.e. Weight, Dimensions, etc.).
How much does it cost?
Costs depend on the duration of the event (from 4 hours up to 3 days), expected attendance (from 1,000 to 250,000), size of operation (from pushcart to 20′ x 20′) and products offered for sale. Upon acceptance, fees range from $25.00 and up.
How many vendors will attend each event?
Exact figures vary for each event depending on attendance. We do not oversell the event and try to give each vendor every opportunity to be successful.
How many guest will attend each event?
Attendance estimates are given on the application and are based on previous year’s attendance records.
How do I apply?
Fill out the form and our Concessions Committee will select the vendors based on quality and variety of products, site appearance, past experience and originality.
Do I have to sign a contract?
An officer of your company must sign a standard agreement with SWARM. This agreement protects each of us from any legal circumstances that may arise from your company’s participation. The agreement is emailed to each vendor approximately eight weeks prior to the event and is due to SWARM four weeks prior to the event. Payment is due with the agreement.
Will I need to acquire a license or permit?
Yes, all vendors must have all the necessary licenses and permits to operate their business (per the Vendor Application). Since each vendor is different, we cannot provide you with exactly what licenses and permits are required for your business. For additional information please visit: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp
What permits do I need?
Upon acceptance into an event, every vendor needs a license to do business in the City of Miami and/or Miami-Dade County. Contact the Dept. of Revenue for more information regarding a business license and tax payments. Upon acceptance, every food vendor must have a temporary food permit on file with the Florida Dept of Restaurants. Contact the Department for more information regarding a temporary food permit. Participation in any event is contingent upon meeting the requirements.
Do any sponsors have exclusive sales rights?
SWARM will attempt to secure sponsors in the soft drink and bottled water categories. SWARM reserves the right to secure and offer exclusive rights to sponsors in any other category. Upon acceptance into an event, you will be notified of our sponsors’ exclusive sales rights and you will be required to purchase only these items if you choose to serve them.