ARTISAN & MERCHANT BOOTHS

Celebrating Colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival Saturday, May 25, 2024 and Sunday, May 26, 2024. A large part of the Festival is the popular Artisan Market. This Market runs along High and Cross Street and features over 100 vendors selling their wares to approximately 15,000 visitors. We encourage anyone with homemade wares to consider being a vendor. Spaces fill up very fast, so early registration is encouraged. For questions, email merchants@chestertownteaparty.org.

DATES

April 5, 2024   ALL 2024 Vendor Applications must be completed online or post marked.

May 1, 2024   Space Assignments and vehicle passes mailed

May 25, 2024   Festival Hours 10AM- 4PM in downtown Historic Chestertown

May 26, 2024   Festival Hours 11AM-4PM Wilmer Park on the scenic Chester River

Registration for the 2024 Festival is now closed. Please contact the artisan committee via email with questions.

TYPES OF MERCHANTS & REGISTRATION- The Festival accepts three different types of vendors (excluding food).  Registration has closed for the 2024 Festival. For questions, please email merchants@chestertownteaparty.org.

Non-Profit Booth– these booths are informational in nature and do not include merchandise. If a non-profit would also like to sell items, please register as an artisan craft vendor.

Artisan/Crafter Vendor– sell your handmade wares! Before registering, please review the Rules and Regulations.

Farmers Market VendorIf you are applying as a Chestertown Farmers’/Artisans’ Market vendor, you must be confirmed by the Market Managers.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Your fee reserves a space approximately 10’ deep X 15’ wide. A 10’ X 10’ tent will fit into this space.  Setups can be no higher than one story tall (i.e. the height of a tent). 

Vendors must provide their own tables, chairs and tent. No electricity will be provided. No sales commission will be taken.

Maryland Sales Tax of 6% is the responsibility of the individual vendor. The Chestertown Tea Party Festival Committee does not supply application forms for taxes.

Every effort will be made to guarantee returning vendor space locations IF registration and payment made online or post marked by April 5, 2024. 

The Chestertown Tea Festival Party, Inc. DOES NOT cover your liability.  CHESTERTOWN TEA PARTY FESTIVAL, INC. ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR LOSS DUE TO WEATHER, DAMAGE OR THEFT.

The Festival occurs RAIN or SHINE.  All activities take place out of doors. There are no refunds if we are rained out. There are no covered spaces. It is necessary to bring tents, tarps or other protective devices for inclement weather.

Signs are limited to one per booth, no larger than 24” x 36”. Lettering, color, etc. should be in the style of the colonial period.

COVID – Artisans must comply with any State, County and Town COVID restrictions, if applicable. Updates will be communicated in advance of the event.

VEHICLES

A vehicle access pass will be provided and a map with further instructions will be provided to all registrants in early May 2024. 

You MUST display your vehicle access pass in order to drive inside the Festival area for load in.

Only one (1) vehicle per vendor space will be permitted inside the Festival area at a time. To off load merchandise, merchant vehicles will be permitted in the Festival area on Saturday from 7AM until 9AM. Vehicles must then be moved to designated vendor parking. No exceptions will be granted.

To load up at the end of the day, on Saturday, merchant vehicles will be permitted inside the Festival area on a phased basis beginning at 4:15pm or at a time at the discretion of the Festival staff for safety of the patrons.  

The Festival area will be closed for all through traffic until 7pm.

 

For questions, email merchants@chestertownteaparty.org.