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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the 6th annual 2018 Heurich Christkindlmarkt (CKM)?
Heurich CKM 2018 will take place Friday, November 30, 4-9pm, and Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 2018 10am-5pm.
Where does CKM take place?
CKM takes place at the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle. The majority of the event occurs in the museum's "Castle Garden". The garden, which is owned by the museum and adjoins the building, is enclosed on all sides. On weekend days of CKM, visitors' tickets include tours of the museum. All Regular Vendors will be provided with a tented 10x10 foot space assigned to them by the museum. All Food Vendors will be provided with a tented 20x20 foot space.
I see that the market is held outdoors during the winter. Does the site change depending upon the weather?
CKM is held in the museum's Castle Garden regardless of weather conditions.
How much does it cost to participate as a vendor in CKM?
All CKM vendor applicants must pay a nonrefundable $15 application fee. Accepted vendors pay nonrefundable Vendor Fees on a per day basis as noted below. Vendor Fees are used to cover event overhead, mainly equipment rental expenses. While fees have increased slightly from last year to improve the event's overall operation, the museum works hard to keep them as low as possible. The museum does not take a percentage of any vendor sales.
2018 Vendor Fees
~ Regular Vendor ~
Per Day/Weekday: $100
Per Day/Weekend: $120
~ Food Vendor ~
Per Day/Weekday: $350
Per Day/Weekend: $500
What is the difference between a Regular Vendor and a Food Vendor?
Food Vendors will have the exclusive right to serve food for on-site immediate consumption. All other vendors will be considered Regular Vendors. Regular Vendors may sell pre-packaged food for off-site consumption and may also give out free food samples during CKM. All Food Vendors are required to possess a valid caterers license and ensure a certified food protection manager is onsite during CKM.
Are there eligibility requirements to become a vendor at CKM?
All CKM vendors are required to: (1) have a primary office located within the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia; (2) possess a current and active business license in DC, MD, or VA; and (3) certify that either the majority owners are DC, MD, or VA residents or 51% or more of their employees are DC, MD, or VA residents.
Are all vendors who apply offered a booth at CKM?
Space constraints in the Castle Garden limits the number of vendors who are offered booths CKM. In 2017, we received over 90 applications for 24 booth spaces over 3 days, and offered booth spaces to 45 vendors.
If I am offered a booth at CKM, will I be asked to participate on my preferred market days?
While we take your availability into serious consideration during the decision-making process, your acceptance into the market does not guarantee you a spot on all days you are available.
What is the timeline for applications to be a vendor at CKM?
Applications for the Heurich House Museum's 2018 CKM open at 12:00pm on February 1, 2018 and closes at 11:59pm on October 1, 2018. Vendor applicants will be extended offers to participate in the market on October 15, 2018.
What if I have other questions about the application process?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum's program staff at 202-429-1894.