Q: DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK IN 2021?
A: Yes. CDC guidelines require facial coverings in large events, so a mask is required for admission, and guests and participants must wear facial coverings at all times inside the buildings, unless eating. No one knows which guests have been vaccinated, so we must all do our part to protect each other from COVID-19.
Q: When can I put in an application for the next year's event?
A: All applications will open November 1st.
Q: Can I pay using a credit/debit card?
A: No. At this time, CIF only accepts cash, check, money order and cashier's check (for booth/registration fees, if applicable). Please call about our PayPal transfer feature. Some Bazaar vendors accept credit cards or other forms of payment for merchandise at the Festival. An ATM is available on site.
Q: Where do we park?
A: Those who will be present all day for two days can ask for a parking pass. Everyone else should park in the visitor lot (or ride a bus/bike!).
Q: Can I sell food for any amount? Can I sell a $15 meal?
A: Guests pay for food by buying coupons/tickets for $1 each, so vendors must round your cost to the nearest dollar. Guests like to sample food from many lands, so fewer will buy large meals that cost more than $6-8, but vendors set their own prices.
Q: Can my group perform at the Festival?
A: If your group presents active entertainment with the flavor of a distinct culture, and if you live in South Carolina (or a neighboring state), please apply and we'll let you know if your application is accepted. The most common presentations include dance, mime, acrobatics, and martial arts.
Q: My group is a band, can we perform?
A: CIF's entertainment program is comprised of only cultural "performances," meaning dances of the culture must accompany the music.