PNE looking for a few ‘unique’ food vendors

Join the culinary ranks of cricket-covered candy apple and deep-fried chicken feet purveyors

From cricket-covered caramel apples and deep-fried chicken feet to the artery clogging monstrosity known as a blooming onion, food at the PNE has always been an adventure sport.

Now’s your chance to join the pros.

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The Pacific National Exhibition is calling for new food and product vendors to apply to be a part of the 2019 Fair at the PNE.

“The large number of guests at the Fair each year provides an invaluable opportunity for vendors to expand their businesses in a fun environment that rewards culinary creativity,” says a PNE press release.

Carmen Saiad, manager of Chicky's Chicken, holds up some deep-fried chicken feet served on a stick.
Carmen Saiad, manager of Chicky's Chicken, holds up some deep-fried chicken feet served on a stick. Photo Jennifer Gauthier

But it’s not all mini doughnuts and cotton candy stands. The PNE also offers a range of healthy options including fresh fruit and salad stands, protein shake vendors and freshly grown vegetables.
Got a food idea to pitch? Submissions will be evaluated on a number of criteria:

  • Uniqueness of food
  • Presentation and quality of food
  • Level of high-volume food vending experience (restaurants welcome)
  • Use of locally sourced products
  • Sustainable business practices

Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at these 2018 sales numbers from concessionaires at the Fair at the PNE:

  • 92,000 corn dogs
  • 22,000 racks of ribs
  • 7,550 samosas
  • 12,240 cobs of corn
  • 3,750 deep fried Mars bars
  • 150 kg of fudge
  • Two million mini doughnuts 

In addition to food vendors, the PNE is also seeking applications for marketplace vendors from slicers and dicers to everything in between. The press release says the PNE “prioritizes vendors who are selling innovative, quality products that can enhance guest experiences.”
Those wishing to submit a vendor application, can go to

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