About the event
We are THE ORIGINAL. If it doesn't say Vendor Nation it's not us.
2017 was unbelievable with 2 days of fun but we missed having the family together so for 2018 we're bringing everyone back together for one day of fun. I think you'll agree it's even more fun when the gang's all there. Even our drone enjoyed the views of the crowd and stage performances. This year we're featuring not only wineries, but breweries for the beer lovers and distilleries for the fine spirits enthusiasts. It will be an enhanced experience for our guest new and old.
This year we welcome Anheuser Busch and the International Beer Gardent and back again is The Carolina Kitchen and Courvoisier hosting The Ultimate VIP Experience.
Stay cool and enjoy our giant waterslide and misting station while having fun in the sun and partying to the sounds of Skip Pruitt, Mark Walker, Clones of Funk, Nucleus and Friends, Earl Ivey and On Kee Band, DJ Freeez, Bob Baldwin featuring Lori Williams, and more!
With an all new lineup of talented musicians, vendors and great food it will be the hottest running festival of the summer..again!
Why should you sponsor?
The decision to sponsor The Original Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B and Funk Festival means more than just one day of recognition. You'll be joining an event with 3 years of running success and plans for many more. Since day one, we've built a loyal following of attendees who look forward to the great music, food and fun that we bring each year. We are revered as a premier event in Southern Maryland that has brought travelers from as far West as Arizona. We pride ourselves on our platform that gives local and regional talent the recognition they deserve. Many of our featured performers now enjoy international recognition simply from their participation in our event. Our sponsors and vendors are equally important and receive more than a year of recognition on our website, in printed material and interviews. Our social media campaigns alone quickly go viral and reach hundreds of thousands.Your sponsorship provides a mutual benefit of growth potential. Today we host thousands of attendees. Tomorrow the possibilities are endless. Also as a courtesy to our past sponsors and vendors we do our best to provide brand exclusivity at our events so we offer a first right of refusal to partner on future Vendor Nation events. We currently have several in the works for 2019 also. Let's get together, let's grow together, let's bring the fun together!
I've always enjoyed finding my next challenge. However, as the author of 2 books, producer of an online podcast, moderator of several Facebook groups and event producer, finding greater challengers can be challenging. While seeking that next challenge I recalled the large vendor expos that came to DC each year. Even as a child I recognized what a wonderful opportunity they presented for small companies to introduce their products to the market. Those events were an affordable way to test new products in the market and meet new customers. Fast forward, they're far and few these days and are only found at other events such as music festivals and fairs. Hence Vendor Nation LLC was formed out of a desire to help “the little guy” in ways that level the playing field. We all know who the big players are but what we have to understand is how important those small players are in the game. My goal in forming Vendor Nation has always been to help others find recognition for what they produce, sell and service. My background is extensive in music and entertainment event promotion. I've produced or assisted with producing large events for more than 10 years in Rhode Island, Maryland, Richmond VA and Washington DC. Working with others was great opportunity for me understand the process and cultivate industry relationships. However, it left to desire the control I needed to provide the help I mentioned above. With little planning but a huge vision, I launched The Original Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B and Funk Festival. This platform has given me the control to not only help vendors but to introduce a plethra of talent to thousands. We beat all the odds in our first year and have been going strong ever since, creating a loyal following. I don't take my success lightly and I believe that it stems from my sincere desire to see other succeed. I make every effort to produce events that offer alternative fun for our crowds so in addition to hand selecting my performers, I incorporate unique activities and vendor opportunities that separate us from other events. I like to say "Others produce events, we produce entertainment experiences".
Contact the Organizer
Contact the Organizer