Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire

Glenn Kilpatrick

Information for Suppliers

Applications: All  suppliers wishing to provide food and drink to the festival should first complete the INFORMATION FORM so that we know what you wish to sell at the Festival and how you propose to operate your food and drink pitch. Once you have complete this form (and you do not need to wait for an acknowledgement) you can apply via the online registration system which opens on 1st April and closes 30th June. Please read the Terms and Conditions and make sure you are able to comply with them all. 

Spaces are scarce and you may well need to provide your own wet weather cover – tent, gazebo etc. It may be possible to ‘borrow’ electricity from a nearby cottage but this is done by agreement with the owner and should be paid for.

Resident Businesses: We have a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs in the village who supply food and drink throughout the year. It is their livelihood and the busy festival weekend is an important revenue stream for them.

While we welcome other food providers over the Festival weekend to supplement these, visiting providers must be sensitive to the permanent businesses.

Visiting food suppliers should not set up close to an existing business. They should not obstruct or obscure their signage or their entrance nor attempt to compete with them. They should not attempt to provide the same sort of food as a nearby business and must not put up notices or banners nearby.

Environmental Impact: The environmental impact of the festival is important especially relating to food and drink. We do not wish to find rubbish and takeaway boxes in the village or on the beach. We have limited waste bins and seagulls will get into plastic waste bags left outside.

Food and drink suppliers MUST provide full information of how they will dispense their food (eg cups, boxes, plates). They must agree to provide waste disposal facilities around their pitch. They are responsible for clearing these daily. Plates, packaging and utensils provided must be compostable and recyclable.

Caterers who do not comply with the above conditions may be asked to leave and will not be invited to take part in the festival in future.

Food Hygiene: We are required to submit details of the festival to Scarborough Council and we must ensure that food and drink providers comply with their requirements. We ask you not to set up a food provision facility without registering via the website and gaining approval.

One-off caterers do not require a food hygiene certificate, though it is always wise to have one. Non-commercial caterers selling teas, coffees, cakes and sandwiches are not considered high risk, but caterers should make themselves aware of general food hygiene recommendations. We do expect all suppliers to comply with sensible food safety precautions and to have hand washing facilities on their site. Once accepted, we will circulate health and safety information to all food providers.

Commercial food providers should be registered with Scarborough Council, hold a food hygiene certificate and hold a hygiene rating of not less than 4.

Insurance: Commercial providers need to hold their own public liability insurance cover. Liability rests with the provider and not the Festival.

Parking: There is no parking in the old village. Vehicles may come down to load and unload but vehicles must not remain in the village. They must take their vehicles to a suitable car park at the top or to the Cowbar car park. 

Price: This year we are changing our pricing structure. For non-commercial back garden tea rooms and amateurs we merely ask for 10% of takings to be submitted to the treasurer on Sunday evening at the end of the Festival. Please pay promptly. Last year we spent many months chasing up small payments.

For commercial food providers (including part-time providers) eg. cafes, restaurants, caterers, takeaways, caravans, carts, mobile food providers, where food is their trade or profession or where they operate on a semi-professional basis (rather than a one off for the Staithes Festival) we now ask for an up front payment of £250. There will be no commission requirement.

 Once you have submitted your application it will be passed to the committee for approval.