Every year, our Official Festival Food Vendors offer Eastern Shore favorites and traditional festival fare for our visitors. From crab soup, oyster Po’ Boys, pit beef and soft crab sandwiches to dipped apples, burgers and so much more, Festival visitors always love grazing their way around town.

What you may not know is that by purchasing from these Official Food Vendors, you are supporting local non-profit organizations in our community, since every food vendor is either part of a non-profit or is donating its proceeds to one — while offering a small percentage to the Festival, too. It’s another way we can spread the love for fellow  Eastern Shore non-profits, who add so much to our community.





Apply to be an Official Food Vendor

Through an application process, Official Food Vendors are selected each year by Easton’s Waterfowl Festival Commission – a Town of Easton entity charged with ensuring that Easton’s small town charm is preserved during our event. Vendors must be non-profits (such as churches or volunteer fire companies) or can be caterers or restaurants that are donating proceeds to a local non-profit.  The Commission’s application deadline is August 1 each year.  If you are interested in applying for 2018, please email

Talbot County Health Department staff conduct inspections of all of these food service venues during the Festival.  To ensure the safety of visitors, they require all:

  • Festival Official Food Vendors;
  • Restaurants wishing to serve outside their normal physical space and/or place of business; and,
  • Businesses wishing to serve food during events in Easton;

to submit an application and receive approval for a Temporary Food Permit (PDF) .  The deadline is October 25, 2017 for these applications, although Official Food Vendor applicants are requested to submit with their Commission application.