Concession Space

Food and Big Tex. A match made in Texas.

The State Fair of Texas partners with more than 70 small business concessionaires to serve up exciting treats to visitors each fall. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Big Tex family as a food and beverage vendor, please review the following information carefully.


2018 Food and Beverage Application

Food and beverage applications for the 2018 State Fair are now available. Please review the application letter and application process information document before filling out an application. Detailed instructions are included in each document and must be followed in order to be considered. All concessionaire applications must be turned into the State Fair food service department no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.

Please note: The State Fair of Texas does not accept late applications.

If you have questions about being a concessionaire at the State Fair or about the application process, contact

2018 Application Letter 2018 Concession Information 2018 Concession Application

State Fair Concession Stand Types


FAQs: Food & Beverage Service at the State Fair of Texas


Q: Can I enter the Big Tex Choice Awards?

A: Only concessionaires who have participated in more than one State Fair of Texas are eligible to enter the Big Tex Choice Awards contest.

Q: How do I get an application to be a concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas?

A: Applications can be downloaded from the link above or requested by emailing Deadline for submission is Friday, March 2, 2018.  There are no exceptions.

Q: How much does it cost to be a concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas?

A: Concession stand purchase prices vary. Read the 2018 application process document above for more information.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: The application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018. The State Fair does not accept late applications under any circumstances.

Q: How are concessionaires selected?

A: New concessionaires are chosen based on a number of variables, including, but not limited to: the uniqueness of the food product, the availability of space, past experience, and the needs of the fair.

Q: What type of concession space is available?

A: Most food and beverage concessionaires operate inside specially constructed canvas covered structures which are purchased from the State Fair of Texas. Some typical approximate sizes are: 14’x16′, 16’x18′, 18’x20′, 20’x20′. Samples of concession stands can be found in the above gallery.

Q: What comes with concession space?

A: Most locations have water, sewer, electrical, and telephone connections; with some having natural gas connections. Concessionaires are responsible for obtaining a licensed plumber and a licensed electrician to hook up the utilities. They are required to obtain permits and inspections through the City of Dallas. Propane and butane are not allowed.

Q: What types of permits or insurance is required to be a concessionaire?

A: If selected to be a concessionaire, a health permit and food item approval is required through the City of Dallas. The restaurant and bar inspection phone number is (214) 670-8083. Restaurant and Bar Inspection regulations must be met. This includes, but are not limited to: hot and cold running water, three compartment sink, separate hand washing sink, necessary cooking and refrigeration equipment, and current food handling procedures and certifications.

Commercial general liability insurance is provided through a master policy provided by Ace American Insurance. The premium for this policy is included with the deposit upon issuance of a contract. This policy meets the minimum standards as set forth by the State Fair of Texas.

Workers’ compensation insurance – statutory limits including employer’s liability with minimum aggregate limits of $500,000.

A Texas alcoholic beverage permit purchased and issued through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, if alcoholic beverages are sold. TABC permit must be in the name of the contracted concessionaire. All servers must be currently certified through a TABC approved servers course and have proof of successful completion of the course.

All insurance policies must be received in the State Fair of Texas food service office 60 days prior to the opening of the fair or the date listed in the agreement, whichever is earlier.

Note: Do not spend any money on insurance or permits until you have a signed agreement with the fair. Do not assume selection. An application does not mean selection.

Q: Is parking included with the cost of a concession stand?

A: No. Parking passes are purchased from the State Fair of Texas credentials department. Employees and owners will need credentials to park on-grounds or must pay daily parking rates. A limited number of participant passes (does not include parking) will be available for concessionaire’s employees to enter the grounds.