Green Chief employ’s positive discrimination when deciding which concession stalls to invite onto your site and generally adopts an attitude that prioritises environmental, ethical and organic traders from the local region.

Food & Beverage Stalls

We begin by putting together a comprehensive information sheet (Stallholders Info) or policy outlining the festivals’ expectations of all stallholders.This can be distributed as part of the application process and may include:

  • A requirement to use bio-degradable and/or reusable food utensils and containers. Include crew catering, hospitality & sponsors in this.
  • Banning non-recyclable disposables at the event and providing stock on site for offenders to purchase
  • A mandatory requirement for products such as tea/coffee to be organic, locally sourced or Fairtrade
  • Asking them to use organic and free range produce
  • Fine (usually a bond that is withheld) for untidy sites
  • List of local suppliers
  • Commitment to induction meeting to explain OH & S and organic and recyclable disposal methods

It is important to monitor the stallholders whilst they are on site to ensure your policy is being upheld. This can either be undertaken in the form of information gathering (packaging audit), a reward system (certificates for the ‘Greenest’ stallholders, fluffers) or punishment (in the form of fines usually).

A local market on site for stallholders to replenish bread, milk, and vegetables-particularly if the event lasts longer than a day or is over a public holiday-is the ideal solution to minimise carbon emission from traders leaving the site or having deliveries made on site. It is also an area that can produce increased revenue.

One of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of the foodies is by reducing and re-using cutlery and crockery. By engaging with an organisation such as wash against waste, the festival needs only to find volunteers and a water source and the wash against waste trailer is equipped with the rest! Another benefit is that stallholders output can be measured (it is common practice for food stallholders to give a percentage of their income to the festival organisers as part payment). Wash against waste can be combined with the educational aspects of event greening by being located front of house.

Other Traders

A similar policy or contract of engagement can be made with other traders usually selling arts, crafts, clothing or even temporary tatoos. This can include:

  • No plastic bags
  • Banning non-recyclable disposables such as fibre optic swords, glo-sticks or plastic rain ponchos
  • Fine (usually a bond that is withheld) for untidy sites

Charity & Community Stalls

Many festival involve and promote charities at their event, sometimes to fulfil part of their permit requirements. If possible make sure these charities are local and are promoting environmental or social change. They should also attend an on-site induction meeting and be made privy to the policies that other stallholders have to abide to with possibly a few diviations:

  • No handing out of flyers or marketing materials