I agree to the following: This is a vegan event. None of the items I sell, display, wear, or consume will be made or come from animal sources, materials, or ingredients.- I will return my spot to its condition prior to set-up.- My spot is not reserved until my application is approved and payment is made in full.-I am responsible for carrying insurance and will not hold Marcy Zastrow, Project Vegan 716, LLC or Amherst Presbyterian Church responsible for any damages.
Application fee for a for-profit vendor at the 11/23/19 Market
Application fee for not-for-profit at 11/23/19 Vegan Pop-Up Market
For about two years, I had been attending craft shows as a vegan vendor. While the intent was to help bring vegan products to the mainstream and educate the public about a vegan lifestyle, I found that these venues made it hard to really connect with most of my customers. While I got a lot of positive feedback, foot traffic was often low and many people who came to walk around came for specific reasons that did not include learning about a vegan lifestyle. My table was always crowded with my products and my message often got lost. For example, I would sell delicious vegan baked goods as well as vegan dog biscuits and people would think all the baked goods were for dogs, even though most of my baked goods have chocolate in them! I knew there must be a better way to both meet the needs of the vegan community as well as introduce this healthy and humane lifestyle to the mainstream. Thus, with the help and support of my friends and fellow certified VLCEs Carlo and Carmella Giardina of V Marks the Shop (https://vmarkstheshop.com/), Buffalo Vegan Pop-Up Markets was launched in June 1018! The purpose of the Market is to bring vegan and vegan-friendly businesses together to promote and sell their products and services and to offer a one-stop vegan shopping destination for the vegan community. The Markets are held quarterly and the sites are rotated. We have been to Amherst, Hamburg, Depew, Williamsville, and North Tonawanda. Check back to see where we go next!
This is a 100% vegan market, meaning all products and services for sale or to be given away must be vegan-friendly and all display items must be made of vegan materials. All literature must also be vegan-friendly.
To be clear, vegan-friendly items are free from:
- Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. Please, no HONEY.
- Animal derivatives including, but not limited to, beef/chicken broth, gelatin, rennet, lard, tallow, whey, and casein.
- Leather, wool, fur, feathers, pearls and silk.
- Animal by-products such as lanolin and beeswax.
Products must not have been tested on animals.
Any items that do not adhere to these guidelines must be removed from your display while at the vegan pop-up event and may not be sold during the event.
Items may be hand-crafted or manufactured for resale. Depending on the site, hot plates/warmers/chafing dishes may or may not be allowed.
Vendors must clearly mark their table with a sign stating their business name and cover their table with a tablecloth.
Any food items for sale or to be given away must have all ingredients listed.
Vendors must staff their table at all times during the event.
Vendors are responsible for set-up and break-down of their display. Organizer is not responsible for any damages to or loss of goods at the event.
Environmentally friendly packaging is encouraged!
Details such as insurance coverage and whether or not tables and chairs are included will vary by site. There may be an extra charge for use of an electrical outlet. See application for further information.
The next Market is:
Currently being planned! Date, time and location TBD but we are targeting mid- to late-March 2020. Updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
While vendors must adhere to strict guidelines regarding vegan products, everyone is sure to find something they like at these events. Vegans will enjoy not having to dissect every product label they come across. Veg-curious individuals will learn a lot and discover how many vegan-friendly products are available. Friends and family who are dragged along by a vegan will be delighted at the variety of products available!
Each event will include a variety of vendors, some new and some returning. There will be a wide range of products available, including food (of course!), baked goods, soap, cosmetics, bags, clothing, and so much more! Not-for-profit organizations will also be represented.
Admission will be free to customers at most sites.
You will learn about new products, meet new people, and be educated about this healthy and humane lifestyle!
And we give away DOOR PRIZES!
Advertising for the events will include a designated Facebook page, promotions through Project Vegan 716, online advertisements, leafleting at vegan-friendly events, lawn signs in high traffic areas, Craigslist events, radio promotions, event invites to targeted Facebook groups, Alignable (reaches local small business owners) and posters at local establishments. Each vendor will receive a packet of post-card size flyers that they can distribute to their customers. Project Vegan 716 will also provide a pdf file of a poster to all vendors and will mail printed posters to any vendor upon request.