On-Campus Dining

To Purchase Meals

Go to Zimfest Registration to register for housing, meals, concerts and workshops.

Online registration for housing and meals is now closed.

On-Campus Meals

Every Zimfest participant staying in the WOU Residence Halls must purchase a meal plan from WOU dining services. Purchase your meals in advance through Zimfest online registration.

Zimfest Meal Plans

Those staying two or more nights must choose between the All-Meal Plan and the Weekend Plan:

  • All-Meal Plan ($89) consists of 11 meals: Thursday dinner through Monday breakfast.
  • Weekend Plan ($43) consists of 5 meals: lunch and dinner only on Friday and Saturday; lunch on Sunday

Those staying only one night must purchase at least two meals in the Overnight Plan, but are free to purchase either of the other meal plans:

  • Overnight Plan ($16.25) consists of 2 meals: dinner the night before and breakfast the morning after

Please note: you do not have to be staying in the dorms to purchase meals through Zimfest registration. We strongly encourage all festival participants to purchase meal plans ahead of time (for example, if you are camping or commuting) so that Zimfest gets an accurate count of meals needed. Everyone who purchases meals through Zimfest registration will be given a meal card – see below.

Individual Meals during Zimfest

All Zimfest participants may purchase additional meals beyond those listed in the meal plans on a cash basis at Valsetz Dining Hall. Those arriving before the meal plan starts on Thursday evening can also purchase meals on a cash basis.

Valsetz Dining Hall

Food service for Zimfest participants and other conference groups is in Valsetz Dining Hall, located within the residential complex on the north end of campus. The Food Court is on the second floor of Valsetz; you may access it via upper level pedestrian walkways from the dorms, or stairs or elevator from ground level.

WOU runs their own catering service, and provides many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Meals will be buffet style, on an all-you care-to-eat basis (re-entering for seconds is not allowed). Information about the food offerings at WOU can be found here. The Valsetz menu will be published on the WOU website a week in advance.

The retail section of Valsetz will be open and staffed by a cashier in between meal times on Thursday and Friday for the purchase of to-go bottled drinks and packaged snacks. These items are also available during lunchtime and dinnertime on a cash basis; they are not included in the Zimfest all-you-can-eat buffet meals.

Mealtimes for Zimfest participants
Breakfast 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Please be advised that food may not be taken out of the Valsetz Dining Center.

Meal Cards

All Zimfest participants who have purchased a meal plan will be issued numbered meal cards covering their contracted food service. Pick up your meal cards when you check in for housing, either at the Ackerman Help Desk during working hours or at the Residential Service Center after hours. See Important Info About Housing Check-in and Check-out. Meal cards are accepted only in Valsetz (they are not valid in Werner University Center restaurants).

Lost and Unreturned Meal Cards

If you lose your card at the festival, let a cashier know. The cashier will check the roster of meal purchasers, note that card is lost and manually enter the card number for the sale. WOU does not issue replacement cards.

You must return your meal card to WOU Housing and Dining Services in the Residential Service Center, or to the box placed in the Zimfest registration area for them. Zimfest will be charged $5 by WOU for any missing cards and will pass that charge on to the participant including a service fee.

Other On-Campus Dining Options

During the week, a café and several other retail dining establishments operate on the second floor in the Werner University Center. Coffee, espresso drinks, Italian sodas, juices and a variety of pastries will be available for purchase at the coffee shop Caffé Allegro Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurants in the WUC are not open during the weekends.