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stillsmokintn
08-02-2009, 08:30 PM
theres an arts and craft fair coming up this month.its the 43rd anual for this event its a large draw in our county my wife contacted the orginizer and got us a spot if we want it.but probally wont be able to do sandwiches or ribs .another bbq vendor may be there has not sent in his money yet.i will be able to do pork nachos pork taters cowboy sundaees and my shaved ice. no soda either.250.00 seems like alot to me for 2 days 10-6 pm i may be wrong but just seems high. due to the size of my rig i will be set away from other vendors and will have to rely on my generator for power. feel kinda like the redheaded stepchild.:icon_pissed my biggest worry is the dealings ive had with these types of people in my raunt (hippie arts and craft types )is they just dont spend the money:roll:now the lady that runs it (4 days older than dirt)cant give me any solid numbers even though shes been doing this for 43 years. just hate to lay out the bread during these times.am i being over cautios? and the other vendors arts and crafts over 180 of them pay the same price.

C Rocke
08-02-2009, 08:40 PM
theres an arts and craft fair coming up this month.its the 43rd anual for this event its a large draw in our county my wife contacted the orginizer and got us a spot if we want it.but probally wont be able to do sandwiches or ribs .another bbq vendor may be there has not sent in his money yet.i will be able to do pork nachos pork taters cowboy sundaees and my shaved ice. no soda either.250.00 seems like alot to me for 2 days 10-6 pm i may be wrong but just seems high. due to the size of my rig i will be set away from other vendors and will have to rely on my generator for power. feel kinda like the redheaded stepchild.:icon_pissed my biggest worry is the dealings ive had with these types of people in my raunt (hippie arts and craft types )is they just dont spend the money:roll:now the lady that runs it (4 days older than dirt)cant give me any solid numbers even though shes been doing this for 43 years. just hate to lay out the bread during these times.am i being over cautios? and the other vendors arts and crafts over 180 of them pay the same price.

Sooooo.... $125 a day, plus any Health permit, generator fuel, insurance. Let's say $175 per day - What do you need to sell to cover costs and make a profit? I have a $ amount my time is worth for vending, and if the math doesn't work, I don't go. Best of luck!

Jacked UP BBQ
08-02-2009, 09:06 PM
250.00 is pretty reasonable if you ask me, if you were able to do your menu. Not being able to do sandwiches, I would not even consider it. Pork sammies are where the money is, no pork no vend for me!

Bigmista
08-02-2009, 09:43 PM
I would suggest not coming to Cali. We are considering a 2 day even that would cost $925. For $250 for 2days with a large crowd? I'd be selling Pig Candy, Fatties, Hot Links, brisket chili and just about anything else I could think of.

Dr_KY
08-03-2009, 03:53 AM
You guys get off cheap!!

The last festival cost by the size of the pitch(area) four day event..

5M x 5M =£1,500 or $2,526.00

6M X 4M =£1,410 or $2,374.00

6M x 5M =£2,010 or $3,384.00

Bbq Bubba
08-03-2009, 05:46 AM
Pretty cheap actually.

The good events here run $1250 for 3 days of serving. The crowds are great as long as the weather cooperates.

Why can't you sell sammies?

blues_n_cues
08-03-2009, 06:29 AM
thats not a bad price for the area. hard to pull off w/out pulled pork. is it outside? depending on the heat you could do well w/ sweet tea,lemonade,& bottled waters added to the menu.
get your money in first w/ a no compete clause & be the only bbq vendor.
do you have a sound system or p.a. in your truck? i'd be hawking like crazy if you are a distance away. it IS hard to miss your truck though..:-D

Chuckwagonbbqco
08-03-2009, 06:48 AM
Food Vending is a form of gambling that is allowed in all 50 states.

Try to increase your odds of winning at this gambling venture. Ask who food vendors were last year----if there are no returning vendors from the previous year's event, then you have one answer. The best events are the ones that you can't get into because previous vendors keep coming back.

Dr_KY
08-03-2009, 07:00 AM
I was just invited to do one for £100.00 a day and 20% of profit. NOTTTT!!!

timzcardz
08-03-2009, 07:05 AM
I was just invited to do one for 100.00 a day and 20% of profit. NOTTTT!!!


20% of profit is not too bad, because depending on how you worlk the books you can make the profit come out to anything that you want. If you lose money (negative profit), then do they pay you?

Now 20% of gross, that would be pretty gross!

smokinit
08-03-2009, 07:12 AM
The price is definitely right try yo find something to make you stand out. Primerib sammies ext. I have been doing pig roasts at these events with great results. Good luck.

Dr_KY
08-03-2009, 07:52 AM
20% of profit is not too bad, because depending on how you worlk the books you can make the profit come out to anything that you want. If you lose money (negative profit), then do they pay you?
Now 20% of gross, that would be pretty gross!
Have not looked into that as they will be calling back later in the week. Problem is this is the first time for this event out there so I don't think there will be thousands of people around as customers. Times are hard and people arn't spending.

I don't see them paying me for taking a loss.

I offered 100.00 a day at 10% and it was rejected. so I moved on and started sending out bids for other jobs. Most places either want a set fee or a % not both.

big brother smoke
08-03-2009, 09:22 AM
I'd jump on that; price sounds quite reasonable!

Ford
08-03-2009, 11:15 AM
20% of profit is not too bad, because depending on how you worlk the books you can make the profit come out to anything that you want. If you lose money (negative profit), then do they pay you?

Now 20% of gross, that would be pretty gross!
BBQ contest I'm doing in Sept wants that. I'll have a big sign that says 20% of sales goes to the Festival and adjust my prices accordingly. Probably add a dollar but depends on what others do.

landarc
08-03-2009, 11:40 AM
I do not do food, but, I used to shoot photos and videos at equestrian events and many of them asked for a percentage of gross. It is quite common and sucks. Unless they give you an exclusive. $250 a day does seem pretty good.

tony76248
08-03-2009, 03:24 PM
BBQ contest I'm doing in Sept wants that. I'll have a big sign that says 20% of sales goes to the Festival and adjust my prices accordingly. Probably add a dollar but depends on what others do.


Charge $15 a sandwich and then don't make any, you will be way ahead of the game.

Dr_KY
08-03-2009, 03:34 PM
lol I like it

landarc
08-03-2009, 03:55 PM
Charge $15 a sandwich and then don't make any, you will be way ahead of the game.
And if you do sell a bunch of sandwiches at $15 each, then you need to find out where those people will be the next weekend and everyone after that

Jacked UP BBQ
08-03-2009, 04:29 PM
I paid 3k in DC for a two day event, and it was well worth it. If you know the event you should know the value. I am doing a one and half day event this weekend and paid 750. A three day event in sept I paid 1750. I did one three weeks ago that I paid 250. Just showing that prices are all over the place. Do your homework locally to see if it is worth it. Don't take my word or anyone elses thousands of miles away whether its a good deal or not.

stillsmokintn
08-03-2009, 07:45 PM
were are going to do it!!!! if anything it will be experince with the new truck we have some others lined up for sept. and oct. one being little cheaper one being little more.i guess we can only learn.and this seems to be the business direction we are wanting to go.

lazybonesmoke1
08-06-2009, 12:45 PM
What kind of menu are you going to do?

stillsmokintn
08-06-2009, 02:56 PM
after rethinking it were going to pass for couple of reasons.

1. will only be able to do non bbq items even though the other bbq guy is doing sammies and ribs
2.no electricty at all so would have to run gen. from friday night-sunday afternoon .8 tenths of gallon per hour. to keep refers and freezer going.

talked to some people that vended last 2 years that are not going back due to high rent for amount of people attending and onsite hotel dinning room serving plate lunches . cheap just going with my gut on this one will go out and check it out for kicks...

Bbq Bubba
08-06-2009, 03:07 PM
Sounds like a good decision.

stillsmokintn
08-23-2009, 06:42 PM
well this weekend was the big gig:shock:what a joke we went by today to check things out least we got a good laugh.now we do bbq and shaved ice... there 3 people serving q,at least 4 people serving some sort of shaved ice or ice cream.and the biggest food booth there doing burgers,dogs etc.was the people that were putting on the gig:twisted: and everyone that was working the event was funneling people to that booth.what a joke....and none of them were remotley busy.i saw the lady that heads it up and she says im so sorry you could not make it!!!i said it doesnt look like any of the food vendors could either:grin:she says we have plenty of food vendors.i said no the 250.00 you charged them.what a joke show it was.and just got back from the car wash and saw the funnel cake guy cleaning his rig before heading back to GA. asked how he did said it only cost him 50.00$ to sit there for 2 days after all sales and fees he wont be back!

Dr_KY
08-23-2009, 06:49 PM
Dam!! I got caught up in one of those.

Glad to see you avoided it.

C Rocke
08-23-2009, 07:05 PM
well this weekend was the big gig:shock:what a joke we went by today to check things out least we got a good laugh.now we do bbq and shaved ice... there 3 people serving q,at least 4 people serving some sort of shaved ice or ice cream.and the biggest food booth there doing burgers,dogs etc.was the people that were putting on the gig:twisted: and everyone that was working the event was funneling people to that booth.what a joke....and none of them were remotley busy.i saw the lady that heads it up and she says im so sorry you could not make it!!!i said it doesnt look like any of the food vendors could either:grin:she says we have plenty of food vendors.i said no the 250.00 you charged them.what a joke show it was.and just got back from the car wash and saw the funnel cake guy cleaning his rig before heading back to GA. asked how he did said it only cost him 50.00$ to sit there for 2 days after all sales and fees he wont be back!

Good instincts! Mark this one suspicions confirmed! Glad you made the right decision.