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Questions + Answers

What is the Emporiyum?

The Emporiyum is a one-of-a-kind food marketplace that brings together a unique group of local Mid-Atlantic chefs and vendors along with the best national artisans and producers from all over the country. Discover delicious foods and drinks and purchase thoughtful gifts and top-quality products from a lineup of artisans you won’t find or taste anywhere else. There’ll be tunes from a DJ, plus sips, and samples.

Where and When is The Emporiyum?

The Emporiyum DC will take place at Dock5 @ Union Market in Washington, DC on November 8-10. Dock5 is located at 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

What types of vendors can we find at The Emporiyum?

The Emporiyum’s 90+ highly curated vendors range from artisans and producers of pantry, food, and drink products to chefs preparing incredible foods to be enjoyed on site. There are a wide variety of foods showcased in our marketplace from sweets to condiments and cocktails, plus prepared dishes to be enjoyed right on site, and so much more.

Are the food vendors gluten-friendly? Vegan-friendly? Allergen-friendly?

Each and every vendor is an expert in their food category and will be able to help guests navigate dietary and allergy restrictions. Please be sure to state your allergy or dietary restriction upon meeting our various vendors in order to avoid any issues. There are vendors serving dedicated gluten-free and vegan- friendly items. Please refer to the Marketplace on our website to learn more about the vendors.

What do I get for the price of admission?

Admission gets you entrance into our curated marketplace, where you will have access to various samples, foods and beverages, plus you will be able to purchase a wonderful selection of products from our 90+ vendors. Meet the people behind the brands, sample and try their various creations, and shop for the best foods and products from around the country.

What is the difference between VIP tickets and General Admission?

VIP includes early access to The Emporiyum and its marketplace, a special VIP experience that includes passed bites and cocktail sips provided by our VIP restaurant sponsor. VIP attendees also receive a gift bag filled with fun food treats. VIP is limited to 750 people from 10-11am, meaning shorter lines, less crowds, and more time for you and your friends to MEET, EAT, and SHOP!

Is this a recurring event? When is the next Emporiyum?

The Emporiyum is a semi-annual event and the next event takes place in Washington, DC November 8-10, 2019. Look for new cities being announced soon!

I make artisanal/hand-crafted products. How do I become a vendor?

Contact us if you would like to apply to be an Emporiyum vendor.

Do I have to buy a ticket for my kids?

Kids 12 and under get in free!

Will tickets be sold at the door?

Door tickets are sold base on availability of space. There are limited general admission tickets sold day-of. It is recommended that you buy tickets online before they sell out.

I’ve bought a ticket and I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund? Can I come on a different day? Can I give my ticket to someone else?

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Is there parking available at the event?

Yes, there is parking at Union Market and street parking in the area. It is one a first come first serve basis!

Is this event cash-only? Is there an ATM?

Most vendors as well as The Emporiyum box office accept both cash and credit cards. There will be ATMs available on-site.

How can I get involved with The Emporiyum?

We love volunteers with a passion for all things food. If you are interested in joining The Emporiyum team please email

“One of the biggest food fairs of the year is here…

Here you’ll find gifts fit for food lovers and ready-eat drinks and dishes, pantry items and bottles for the bar cart.”