What are blues without a little BBQ?

Day of Schedule:

8‐10 a.m. - Set up
10 a.m. - All vehicles and loading equipment must be off site
10:30 a.m. - Ready to serve
11 a.m. - Blues & BBQ begins
4:20 p.m. - BBQ submissions due in the food tent
4:30 p.m. - BBQ Contest
9:45 p.m. - Fireworks
10:45 p.m. - Last call in beverage garden
11 p.m. - Blues & BBQ ends
12 p.m. - Clean up deadline
Vendors: It is the responsibility of the vendors to know the rules and regulations of the event.

Rules and requirements:

Vendors are also responsible for their own bank and change. Neither the planning committee nor beverage garden volunteers will make change. Additional restrictions may apply, per the application.

Vendor drop off spaces will be provided near the end of vendor alley.

Vendors are responsible for their own ice and temperature control as well as all materials and set up needed to meet health department guidelines. Click here to download a zip file of the health department application and information.

Two $5 meal tickets will be provided to each band member. These tickets are "no cash value." Tickets for the beverage garden will not be reimbursed.

Click here to download the bbq contest rules for 2012.

Click here to download the food vendor application for 2012.

Click here to download the art vendor rules and regulations PDF. Click here to download the art vendor application. (We're adding brushes to Blues & BBQ: paint brushes, that is. We're also looking for ceramics, sculpture, photography and the like. It's our first year having art at the celebration, so why not join us at this ever-growing family-friendly party?)

  • Deposit covers: Vehicles left after 10 a.m., trash left on site, abandoned equipment after event,
    unhonored registration, late application or payment, lack of funds, missing the mandatory vendor meeting (April 30) and occupying space beyond designated allotment.
  • Disqualification from event if checks do not clear.
  • Please note that both checks will be cashed, then check based on deposit will be issued post-event.

Application process for North Liberty Blues and BBQ 2012:

Completed applications are accepted January 30 through April 2, 2012. Applications received before or after these dates will not processed.

Vendors will be notified of acceptance into the event during the first week of April. After notification of acceptance, vending fee, deposit, proof of insurance, proof of Temporary Food Establishment License, sales tax permit (if applicable) are due by April 20 by 5pm. Deposits and fees should be made out as separate payments. Two separate checks are required. If all materials are not submitted by this date, a late fee may be added or the vendor may removed from list and wait list vendor(s) will then be contacted.

Spaces are limited and some vendors may be placed on a wait list. Wait-listed vendors may be notified of acceptance starting April 20.

Vendors will be selected based upon menu, items for sale, space availability and utility availability. Neither order of application nor prior attendance at festival guarantee acceptance at 2012 event. Vendor location will be determined by Blues and BBQ Planning Committee.


January 30 - April 2:
Applications accepted.

April 2 - April 9:
Vendors notified of acceptance.

April 9 - April 20
Materials due (Temporary Food Establishment License, insurance information, fee and deposit).

April 20 - April 27:
Accepted wait-listed vendors are notified and materials due.

April 30:
Mandatory food vendor meeting with Johnson County Health Department and Blues & BBQ Committee. Time 9 a.m.

April 30:
Mandatory artist vendor meeting with Blues & BBQ Committee. Time 11 a.m.

Please contact bluesandbbq@northlibertyiowa.org with questions.