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Operating your own Food Stand or Concession Trailer can be rewarding. Start your own Business with a Food Stand on weekends as a food vendor at various events, then upgrade later to a Concession Trailer.

 

Operating a Food Stand, Cart, Food Trailer or Truck

 Deciding to sell concession food from a tent, marquee, cart, bus, trailer or truck will vary depending on your initial start up budget and requirements. It would be best to start small with only a few items and to sell one item on your menu that is unique that no other vendor sells. Do your research, visit shows and events you intend to be a vendor at. If you are new to the industry, be prepared and well aware food vending is a highly competitive industry. Some food vendors have had generations of experience, and are given the best locations at events from organizers. If you are just starting out be prepared to take an initial financial loss, equipment and supplies are expensive. Basically don't expect to make a ton of money at your first few events, instead focus on learning and building your business.

 Importantly no food can be prepared at your home. You must abide to health department regulations for preparation and storage of perishable foods. Speak or visit your local health department for jurisdictional hygiene rules and regulations, even search for their website. When booking events you must have insurance, specifically public liability insurance and product liability insurance for specific amounts ( 10 to 20 million $ ) Also insurance for your staff in case of an accident is required. Other insurance worth considering could be for theft, damage and fire. Speak to an insurance broker to discuss your individual business requirements. Insurance is an essential part of business.

Like any other business, being a food vendor can be hard work. Dealing with organizers, suppliers, the health department and happy customers are all in a days work at events like shows, markets, fetes, rodeos, fairs, concerts and festivals. Remain friendly even if your exhausted.

Be organized an serve customers quickly and efficiently. Your business will need to be kept clean and tidy, well organized, friendly, fun and professional. You will want to develop good relationships with your customers to encourage repeat business and ensure your line is long.

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Food Stands, Carts, Booths, mobile concession trailers and food trucks come in all shapes, sizes and designs. Popular products sold include coffee, hotdogs, burgers, donuts, fries, sausage, popcorn, fairy floss, ice cream, snow cones, tacos / burritos / nachos, pizza, corn, ribs, chicken, potatoes, hot and cold drinks and more depending on the market demand. If its cooked using a BBQ, grilled or deep fried, chances are a vendor is selling it at a show or event. The experience of the food is part of a day for the visitor.

Deciding your menu is the most important part of your business. Don't try to do 20 dishes at your first event. Realize the capacity of yourself and your equipment ( How many X can you honestly sell per hour ? ) and is food served hygienically in a professional organized manner and perishable goods are stored correctly.

   
   

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