Certify an Agricultural Event

This webpage gives information on how to sell wine at agricultural events. MDAR must certify the event as agricultural before a winery can receive a license to sell or sample at the event.
Most applicants receive a response within 10 business days from the date that MDAR receives a complete application.

Rebecca Davidson

The Details of Certify an Agricultural Event

What you need for Certify an Agricultural Event

The applicant is the licensed farm-winery seeking to sell and sample at an agricultural event. 

  1. Event information:
    • Name of the event, address, website and phone number
    • Start and end date of event, day of the week it occurs, time
    • How the event promotes local agriculture, if applicable
    • If the event is a fair, is there competitive agriculture?
    • Name of the organization that runs/sponsors the event, if applicable.
  2. Event manager information:
    • Name of the event manager(s), phone number, and email address
    • On-site manager(s) resume or relevant credentials/training
  3. Plan depicting the premises and the specific location where the sale of wine will occur. A template is provided with the application form.
  4. List of vendors with brief descriptions for current year/season.
  5. Event operational guidelines for current year/season.
  6. Approval letter from event management including day, month and year of event. A template is provided with the application form

Do not forget to sign the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

How to apply Certify an Agricultural Event

You can fill out the application, save as, and email along with all necessary attachments to Rebecca.Davidson@State.MA.US. 

Or print and mail the application and all attachments to:

Rebecca Davidson

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

251 Causeway St., Suite 500

Boston, MA 02114

Next steps for Certify an Agricultural Event

Submit Approval to Local Licensing Board

If the event is certified by MDAR, submit approval to the local liquor/license control board where the event is located, along with the necessary application for obtaining a license to allow the sale of wine.

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