Food & Waste

EarthFest Strives to be a zero waste event. Food vendors are required to control the types of materials they sell or distribute in order to minimize waste. EarthFest recycles or re-uses everything possible from the event. There will be no trash cans on site. Typical EarthFest exhibits welcome over 5,000 attendees, recycle or compost around 1000 lbs. of material, and produce less than 10 lbs of trash for the entire event. Most of the trash is brought on site from attendees and are not generated by festival activities. EarthFest strives to leave the festival grounds better than they were before the event by limiting vehicle traffic and frequent litter pickups throughout the festival.

19th Annual EarthFest Food Vendors (menu information supplied by vendor)


Meatball Madness and More
Meatball subs, salads, wraps




Forks on the Road
Sliders, vegan sliders, sandwiches


Bow Ties and Hot Dogs
Hot dogs and sausages (vegan included) with toppings



Chocolate covered frozen bananas



Greek Pita Sandwiches



Criteria Used for Selection

  • located within 50 miles of Knoxville
  • serve locally sourced food
  • vegan and vegetarian options available

Food Vendor Soda Policy:
EarthFest seeks to promote organic refreshment options. We are requiring that food vendors that regularly sell big brand soda products, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, provide organic drink alternatives instead. Food vendors will have the option of providing homemade organic beverages, or can include but are not limited to; Blue Sky Sodas, Honest Brand Products, Veri Organic Sodas, Zevia Sodas, and Hansen’s Natural Products.

Food Vendor Zero Waste Policy:
There will NOT be trash containers on site. Materials that cannot be recycled MUST be taken away by exhibitors. Styrofoam, individually wrapped candy, latex balloons, items wrapped in cellophane, or anything else that cannot be recycled or easily composted are not allowed. EarthFest will approve and possibly supply specific types of plates, cups, wrappers, and other food containers or utensils in order to minimize waste and maximize recycling and composting. Food vendors will accept the rules established by EarthFest.