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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 17th July 2021 as a coronavirus precaution. Find out more...

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Catering, Bars, confectionery and Slush

At the 2021 Bedford River Festival, the Council Events Team is looking for the best of the catering industry to ensure that visitors have a wide variety of choice and quality products to enjoy across the site. A key focus for 2021 is the reduction of single use plastics and non-recyclables. Take a look at our Environmental Statement to see whether your business can support us in providing goods and services that fit within our ethos.

Enquire about catering at the Bedford River Festival 2021


A limited number of catering pitches are still available. Please contact the Events Team ( ) for more information.


The bars tender has now closed.

confectionery / Sweet Traders

The confectionery/sweets tender has now closed.

Slush Traders

The slush tender has now closed.

Example sponsor banner at the river festival



Bedford Borough Council uses an online tendering process for catering, bar, confectionery and slush pitches. You can find out how to tender on our downloadable In-Tend guide and use our handy checklist to guide you through the process.

  1. Read our Environmental Statement for Event Suppliers.
  2. Register with the In-Tend portal .
  3. Find the Invitation to Tender Project you wish to express an interest in.
  4. Carefully read the contract specification and terms and conditions in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) Document.
  5. Contact the Events Team via the Project Correspondence to arrange a site meeting if required, or for any other queries.
  6. Complete and sign a copy of the ITT Document and submit via In-Tend.
  7. Submit any other relevant documentation required for your tender submission (for example a method statement).
catering example at the River Festival



A flexible approach...

The 2021 River Festival will include countless river activities, six live music and performance stages, the Arts, Heritage and Sports Villages, the wonderful offerings of the Continental Market and the spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 17th & 18th July free in your diaries so that you don’t miss out on any of the action

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this website, please contact the Events Team at for more information on the catering opportunities available.

Enquire about catering at the Bedford River Festival 2021


Our Sponsors

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