Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about The Emporiyum!

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

What types of vendors can we find at The Emporiyum?
The Emporiyum’s 95+ highly curated vendors range from artisans and producers of pantry and food 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 a few 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 will be able to purchase a wonderful selection of products from our 95+ 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!

What is the difference between VIP and the “Union Market 5 Year Birthday Party”?  
The Union Market 5 Year Birthday Party is a special VIP session and first access to the Emporiyum on Friday November 10th complete with curated cocktail stations, special birthday cake and a celebration of all things delicious.

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 10-12, 2017. Information on the Emporiyum 2018 and beyond are undetermined.

I make artisanal/hand-crafted (products). How do I become a vendor?
All vendor inquiries may be sent to

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.

What time is the event?
The Friday night session is 6pm-8pm. The event on Saturday and Sunday begins with VIP entrance from 10am-11am. Early General Admission entrance begins at 11am and General Admission begins at 1:30pm. The event ends for everyone at 4pm.

Is there parking available at the event? There will be parking available at the Union Market parking lot south of the market.  Overflow parking will be available at the Gallaudet parking garage across 6th street NE.

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