2018 Vendor Marketplace

Each year, the Tomato Art Fest features over 200 local artists, businesses, non-profit organizations, great food, live entertainment, and a plethora of Tomato-themed activities for everyone to enjoy. 


Friday August 10, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Food Vendors only)

Saturday August 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM


5 Points, East Nashville, TN

About the Event

Tomato Art Fest was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of East Nashville’s Art and Invention Gallery. In 2004, the gallery hosted an art show celebrating the tomato in late summer, and planned a few neighborhood events to promote the show. The Fest proved so popular that it immediately turned into an annual, signature event for the growing, hip, urban neighborhood of East Nashville.

A community builder, Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 60,000 people came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities.

Vendor Marketplace Hours

Saturday August 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Other Important Dates

Vendor Applications will be reviewed starting February 12, 2018. The Early Bird Deadline is Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

February 14-16, 2018
1st round of vendor notifications will be sent to vendors who applied before February 12th.

March 20, 2018
Early Bird Vendor Payment Deadline
2nd round of vendor notifications will be sent to vendors who applied between February 12th and March 14 11:59 CST.

April 20, 2018 11:59 PM CST
Vendor Application Deadline 

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Final Round of vendor notifications will be sent via email

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Final Vendor Payment Deadline  

Vendors applying after April 20th will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlist vendors will begin being reviewed May 14th.


No application is complete without payment ($25 application fee due now).

-Not For Profit: Early Bird $325 | Regular $350 (Tomato Art Fest provides a 10'x10' space)

-Artist/Local Artisan Business: Early Bird $225 | Regular $250 (Tomato Art Fest provides a 10'x10' space)

-Business Booth Space: Early Bird $400 | Regular $450 (Tomato Art Fest provides a 10'x10' space)

-Food Vendor/Truck: 15% of sales at the event

Tomato Art Fest will collect a non-refundable deposit of $550 upon acceptance into Tomato Art Fest. At the end of the event, prior to load out, food vendors will need to provide a gross sales report.  In the event 15% of your gross sales exceeds the deposit amount, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance. Failure to provide your sales report at the end of the event will result in denial of applications for future events.

-Example: You will provide a non-refundable $550 deposit prior to the event. If your gross sales are $5,000 (15% of $5,000= $750), you will receive an invoice for an additional $200. If your gross sales are $3,500 (15% of $3,500= $525), you will not receive an additional invoice. 

Vendor Fees are due upon acceptance into Tomato Art Fest.

Vendor Type Description

Not for Profit* Non-profits must be a registered 501c3.

Local Artisan Business* A Local Artisan Business is considered a locally owned and operated business that sells items handcrafted by other artisans. 

Artist* Individuals who hand-make/handcraft the items they will offer at the event.

Artist categories are used by Nashville Pride as a tool to ensure vendor diversity at the event. Please find descriptions of media categories below:
Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. This can be wearable or non-wearable.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted. Mass produced glassware vendors should fill out the Local Business Vendor Form.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
Paper Making/Book Arts: Hand-binded journals, notebooks, etc. 
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
Candles: Personally concocted scent profiles and hand-poured candles and wax melts
Clothing: Hand-sewn articles of clothing by you. 
Health/Beauty: Beauty (skincare, make up, etc) products hand-made and concocted by you. No mass-produced products are allowed.
Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category.
PrintmakingPrinted works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category.


Business* Local Business vendors who will use their space for promotional purposes. Preference will be given to businesses located in East Nashville. Tomato Art Fest is devoted to maintaining a creatively driven vendor marketplace. Therefore, we limit the number of promotional spaces at the event. Local businesses can be a part of Tomato Art Fest through sponsorship of the event. Please reach out to jack@goodneighborfestivals.com and reference "Tomato Art Fest" if you are interested in sponsoring this event. 

Food Vendor/Truck* A vendor who intends to sell food and beverage items for Tomato Art Festival attendees to consume at the event.


The Jury Process

An annually chosen vendor selection committee reviews vendor applications on a monthly basis beginning in the middle of February until immediately after the vendor application deadline in the middle of May. Past participation in Tomato Art Fest does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

While preference is given to artists, businesses and not for profits in East Nashville, it does not guarantee a space.

For specific questions about the application, you can email Brittany@goodneighborfestivals.com.

Each year we receive hundreds of applications and are only able to select an estimated 1/4 of them.  Applications that stand out include the following:

Updated website or photos

Artists develop work that fits the Tomato/Fruit/Vegetable theme 

New, creative, wacky

Please note the first round of applications will not be reviewed until  after February 1, 2018.

The early bird application deadline is February 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.