Press Release: Festival Seeking Arts & Crafts Vendors-7/20/12


Houma, LA- Best of the Bayou announces applications are now available to potential arts and crafts vendors interested in selling goods at the festival September 29-30 in Downtown Houma. An “arts walk” or festival marketplace will be centrally located on the festival grounds, mid-way between two music stages set to anchor the quarter-mile festival site.  The marketplace is to consist of original artwork and handmade crafts only. Some “homegrown” pre-packaged food, such as spices, sauces, jellies, etc. may also be considered for acceptance into the festival. Conversely, commercial or “re-sale” items will be strictly prohibited for sale at the festival.

The festival has partnered with Options for Independence in Houma—a not-for-profit social services agency and creators of the Gulf Coast Marketplace–who will accept and review applications on the festival’s behalf and will also assist in the coordination of all arts and crafts vendors in advance of and during the festival.

Gulf Coast Marketplace is a virtual marketplace for artists and craftsmen that began after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an “e-commerce solution to community recovery.”   The website,, helps connect skilled artisans, authors, photographers, etc. to existing and new opportunities for the sale of their works 24-7.

“Gulf Coast Marketplace is very excited to partner with Best of the Bayou to recruit arts and crafts vendors for this new and exciting event,” said Brandi LeCompte, Gulf Coast Marketplace Project Manager. “We work closely with many area artists and craftsmen to seek out and create new opportunities for them to increase sales. Partnering with Best of the Bayou Festival is a perfect fit for us.”

As a result of this partnership, Options/GCM and the Best of the Bayou Foundation –also a not-for-profit, will split the proceeds from craft booth rental.  All proceeds to the festival go back into the production and sustainment of the festival, which is free to the public.  Vendors will retain full percentage of their sales.

The full vendor packet which includes a map of the planned marketplace is now accessible for download or printing via the festival’s website at or GCM’s website at  Applications will be accepted at an “early bird” rate through August 20, 2012, and space will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as regarding electrical needs. Vendors will need to mail completed applications with payment and other necessary information to the Houma Options for Independence/GCM office, as stated on the application. For more information, interested vendors should contact Brandi LeCompte at 985-438-1231 or via email at

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