Zero Waste

Zero Waste Stations to help clean everything up. Every year we work to make the festival more enjoyable, more music, more art, more fish, love and music!  And to help reduce the overall impact of the Kenai Peninsula’s largest festival, local community groups Cook Inletkeeper and ReGroup have teamed up to focus on waste reduction at this year’s Salmonfest.

“From the start, we’ve taken a lot of steps to reduce waste at the festival,” said Salmonfest Producer, Jim Stearns.  “The reusable cups in the beer gardens are not only collectable but they help reduce the need for thousands and thousands of single-use cups during the event.  We’re excited to take it to the next level this year,” Stearns added.

Salmonfest 2020 attendees will notice the Zero Waste Stations that we’ve had for the past few years.  The Zero Waste Stations pair recycling and compost bins with every trash can and will be staffed by a member of the all-volunteer Zero Waste Crew to help festival goers know where to toss their materials – from compostable food scraps and paper plates, to recyclable water bottles and aluminum cans.

The recyclable materials, like plastic and aluminum will be recycled through the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s existing recycling program, and compostable materials will be composted into soil amendment at Matti’s Farm in Kenai.

Volunteers who work a 4-hour shift get free admission to the festival that day and a green tie-dye Zero Waste Crew t-shirt to keep.


We cannot begin to express how excited we are about the possibility of an in person festival this summer. As you can imagine, we are in daily discussions, analysis and planning regarding how this year will play out. As of now, we intend to institute some COVID guidelines and protocols but exactly what that will entail will be more clearly defined as we move closer to our date.

We are in the process of forming a committee of health professionals, Salmonfest staff and community members to help us determine the best course of action. We want everyone to feel safe and ecstatic to participate.

Like many events and venues around the world, we are inclined to require all patrons, staff, artists and vendors to provide a vaccination certification, a recent negative test result and/or provide onsite testing before being allowed onsite.

Please bear in mind that all of this is in the preliminary stage but we want to make it clear that we intend to have strict protocols in place to provide the safest festival possible.

If the potential COVID protocols are something that might make you resistant or uncomfortable, please don't hesitate to wait a year to apply or take the year off. While we understand that there are widely different ideas and perceptions around COVID, Salmonfest intends to take the most vigilant approach for the well being and safety of all concerned. Whatever guidelines we put in place will not be negotiable. If you are a returning vendor and choose not to join us this year, your first right of refusal will remain in place for the 2022 festival. However, your location and tier will not be able to be guaranteed. In order to retain your first right of refusal for 2022, please let us know what you intend to do so that we can hold a place in the festival.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we try to navigate these extremely challenging times to make the best and most enjoyable festival possible.

Thank you,

Hannah Stearns, Vendor Coordinator


Become a vendor at Salmonfest 2021! Download the appropriate application by clicking below and either email or mail to Salmonfest. Follow the instructions on the form. Questions? Email:

Food Vendor Application

Craft Vendor Application