Harvest Fair / Annual Souper Bowl

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Harvest Fair 2017

 Saturday, October 7th, 2017 &

Annual Souper Bowl

Fall Festival on the Needham Town Common

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All NBA members are eligible for a FREE booth as part of their 

If you are a member and you are not reserving a booth but would like to participate at your storefront please complete the Harvest Fair application and indicate how you will participate. (For example, outside sales table with merchandise, coupons etc.)
If you are not currently a member, please join our Association by
completing the Membership Application 


  • All booth spaces are 10 x 10.  
  • You can rent tables and/or chairs or through the NBA or you can bring your own.  Tables are 8x8, and rental is $20, Chair rental is $5.
  • Electricity is available for a $10.
  • Please make checks to made payable to the Needham Business Association. To pay by credit card please go to Discover Needham-Get Involved- Paypal payment page.

Mail checks to: Needham Business Association, 1492 Highland Avenue Needham, MA 02492

  • If you are selling or giving away any food (including pre-packaged items like candy or water bottles you must obtain a one-day temporary food application from the Needham Board of Health.
  • The fee for a temporary food permit is $30 for For-profit companies and $15 for non-profits.  If you have another food permit with the Needham Board of Health already then there is no additional fee. Any questions regarding this food permit should be directed to the Board of Health directly at 781-455-7500 Ext. 511.  All applications should be filed with the Needham Board of Health.
  • You will receive your booth # from the NBA via email the week before the event.
  • Set-up and check in at the NBA Tent is from 7:45-8:30 a.m.
  • You unload tables etc. on Chapel Street however, all vehicles must be removed from Chapel Street by 8:30 a.m. for road closure.
  • Booth Break-down begins at 3:00, please be sure to remove all trash.  There are dumpsters provided behind Town Hall.



Have a great soup recipe?  Enter your soup in the annual Harvest Fair Souper bowl Contest for a chance to be voted Best Soup!

The Needham Business Association will hold its annual "Souper Bowl" contest in conjunction with the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 7, 2017 on Needham's Town Common.
The "Souper Bowl" gives local business owners/restaurants the opportunity to get face to face contact with local consumers at the same time showcasing their best soup recipe with the hope that attendees will vote their soup "Best Soup in Needham."
We are expecting at least 6-8 businesses to be serving soup under the big soup tent.  Hours for the "Souperbowl" will be 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (or sooner, if the soup runs out!).  All soups must be hot by 10:45 a.m. so that tasting can begin.
 Click Here To Register For The Souper Bowl
Admission to the Souper Bowl is $5.  Each person who purchases admission to the Souper Bowl will receive a spoon and a ballot. Then they will be able to circulate under the tent to taste the best soups in Needham.  The attendee then votes for their favorite soup. After the votes are counted, we will announce the winner of the coveted People's Choice Award for the "Best Soup in Needham."  The winner will receive their award in January at the NBA Annual Dinner at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. 
Participating businesses are asked to provide the following:
12 gallons of hot soup
a soup kettle
two-ounce ladle
soup server
heavy duty 100 foot 12 guage extension cord
industrial heating element to keep the soup at 140 degrees of higher
Temporary Food Permit:  The Needham Board of Health requires every Souper Bowl participant to have a temporary one-day food permit application.  The fee for the application is $15 for non-profits and $30 for-profit business.  If you are a business that already has a food permit on file this temporary permit is required, however, the fee is waived.  Please complete the application and return it to the Needham Board of Health.  Please contact The Health Department directly at 781-455-7523 with any questions about the application.  The completed application must be submitted to the Board of Health. All food handlers must follow food-handling guidelines in order to participate.  We will be providing a list of food handlers to the Board of Health.
The NBA will provide the following at no cost to you:
Souper Bowl Tent
8 ft banquet tables
table cloths
voting ballots

Click Here for One Day Temporary Food Permit 


Please email or call our office at nba@needhambusiness.com or 781-444-7980 with any questions! We're here to help you have a successful day for your business.