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Please provide us with the date(s) you wish to have your event, and any possible alternate dates if your requested date(s) are not available.
If you have reviewed the facilities that we have available and chosen one that you believe will fit your needs and budget, please check the appropriate choice. If you have not reviewed our available facilities or need help in choosing the most appropriate for your needs, please check "Not Sure".
If you have reviewed the bar service packages we have available and chosen one that fits your needs, please check the appropriate choice. If you have not reviewed our available bar service packages or need help in choosing the most appropriate for your needs, please check "Not Sure". In addition to the prices below, there is a $75 set up fee per bar which includes cocktail napkins, disposable cups, straws and ice. Our experienced bartenders are charged at the rate of $13 per bartender per hour. The number of bartenders needed will be determined by our event specialist and will be based on the type of bar service, hours of service and guest count. One bartender is required per 100 guests. The Porter County Expo Center requires security at any event where alcohol is served. The number of security personnel required will be determined by the event specialist. Security is charged at the rate of $30 per man hour. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed on our premises.
Once we have all of the information needed, the Expo Center event manager will work with you to develop a floor plan for your event. To help us understand your needs, please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. If you don't know an answer, please check "Not Sure".
This does NOT include concessions served by the Expo Center approved caterers.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SALE OF FOOD ITEMS! If food items are going to be sold in booths (or by vendors outside the buildings) at your event, please be aware that your vendors may be required to have a permit from the Porter County Health Department. The Health Department does do inspections at the Expo Center events. If food items are going to be sold, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to assure that your vendors are made aware of the need to obtain any food permits that may be necessary. If the Health Department determines that your vendors have not obtained the necessary permits, they will be required to shut down their booth and leave the event. If you have any questions regarding food permits, contact the Porter County Health Department Food Service Division at (219) 465-3525. For a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization baking and selling the baked goods, they are not regulated under the state retail food establishment regulations and, therefore, exempt from food permitting, unless they sell their food product greater than 15 times per year. They WILL be required to show proof of their 501(c)3 status. For a for-profit group or person, and the event is not a farmers market, then the baked goods must be made in a permitted food establishment. An additional temporary food permit is not required if selling only non-potentially hazardous baked goods. If selling baked goods requiring temperature control, then a temporary food permit is required to sell their product at any event including farmers markets.
Concessions include food served INDOORS where you can work with a caterer to develop a menu of offerings that will suit your intended audience. Concessions served indoors can be provided for your event ONLY by caterers approved by the Porter County Expo Center. The ONLY exception is if you are SOLELY using the 4H Building for your event, where it is permissible for you to use any caterer.
If your event will be held solely in the Expo Main Building (including Banquet Room One, Expo Main Hall, or any combination thereof), having a concessions seating area MAY reduce the number of booth spaces available.
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