Become a 2024 Food or Alcohol Vendor

  • What is Swirl & Twirl?

    • a social fundraising evening for queer non-profit charities in the National Capital Region featuring:
      • wine-, beer- and food-tasting
      • entertainment
      • a silent auction, and more
    • a long-standing and respected event, typically held in late May, since 2003, from 7—10pm
    • event that caters to LGBT2Q+ people, who spend and travel more than the average population

  • Swirl and Twirl by the Numbers

    • $2,000–8,000: Typical amount raised per beneficiary per event (Total 2017: $18,000; 2018: $20,000; 2019: $23,000)
    • $145,000: Amount raised for charity in the event’s 15-year history
    • 650—725: Average attendance (sold out crowd in 2016—2019)
    • $0: Fee to participate in Swirl and Twirl as a supplier of food or alcohol

  • What You Supply

    Food Supplier
    • Minimum 400-600 total pieces of food (food vendors frequently run out quickly)
    • Serving utensils, warming trays, etc.
    • Promotional materials, such as banners, cards, flyers
    • Prize donation for our silent auction (optional)
    • Maximum of 4 staff people for serving
    Alcohol Supplier
    • minimum 18-24 bottles of each per wine served for tasting, OR
    • minimum 1-2 cases of each per beer/cooler served (or equiv.)
    • Corkscrews/bottle openers
    • Promotional materials, such as banners, cards, flyers
    • Prize donation for our silent auction (optional)
    • Maximum of 2 staff people for serving

  • What We Supply

    • 6’ table, with table linen and plastic bin to chill wine/alcohol, with ice
    • Special Occasion Permit (SOP). Note all alcohol must be purchased under this number, provided later
    • Volunteers staffed at your table to help serve food/alcohol and collect tasting tickets, if requested
    • Basic hand-washing station for food vendors (limited quantity available)

  • How We Advertise

    • Official Web site:
    • Facebook page:
    • Twitter page:
    • Benefiting charities’ Web sites, newsletters, listservs, social media, calendar of events, etc.
    • Media release to local (print, radio/tv, and online blog/social media) new sources, such as Ottawa Citizen, CBC Radio, Xtra Magazine, CJOH TV, Apt 613, Ottawa Queer Events, etc..

  • Important Dates and Deadlines

    • Confirmation of participation as a food/alcohol supplier: Fri, Apr 12, 2024
            (for guaranteed logo/name placement)
    • Silent Auction items given to coordinator by: Fri, May 10, 2024.
            Certificates valid until at least Dec 31, 2024
    • Swirl and Twirl to be held: Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • Contact Information

    Vacant, Vendor Liaison. Contact Glenn Crawford, Chair.

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