Originally Posted by Michael in PA
If your barbecue is good, your operation is good and you have a reputation, you will outsell most other food vendors.
I don't know that that is strictly true Michael. There are so many other factors involved, it's very difficult to say.
For example, if the crowd contains lots of kids the hotdog guy is going to do well because parents don't want to spend extra money on food that the kid may not like. On hot days the ice cream and snow cone people clean up. If the weather is cold and rainy everybody will do poorly, but anyone selling hot beverages will get at least some business. Then there is location of your site...
Even once you've worked an event a couple times, the weather, competition and makeup of the crowd can fool you. Best advice I can give is to never have more food hot than you need to keep up with demand. Nothing worse than packing up a smoker full of hot, unsold meat.