Q: When can I put in an application for the next year's event?
A: All applications will open October 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: Parking information will be emailed to participants. In general, those who serve for at least two days can ask for a parking pass to park behind the exhibit buildings. But since this parking lot is limited, most crew members need to get a pass IN ADVANCE to park in the public lot (or ride a bus/bike!). If you do not have a parking pass before the event, you will be asked to pay in general parking.
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.