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Unread 01-26-2009, 08:32 AM   #106
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Marsha if you don't mind I want to steal the tri-tip breakfast burrito.

We start a new market on Tuesday and it opens at 8:00. The market manager asked us to try and do a bbq twist on breakfast and so far were have pig candy and fatties on croissants.
Go for it! Ours have sliced tri-tip, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese and salsa. You can also add rice or potatoes if you want some filler, but I prefer them without filler.

Fatties on croissants? YUM!
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Unread 01-26-2009, 08:36 AM   #107
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This will be our first year of vending big festivals and such as well. Last year we tried to get into some of them only to find that they were fully booked months in advance. Those that we did get into last year were small. Honestly, I'm thankful of that. The smaller events give you a chance to get things down. Helps you learn the ropes without spending a ton of cash. We did a music festival last summer. Had approx 3000 people a day over 2 days. We were the only food vendor on site. I've never cooked so much so fast in my life! We didn't make a ton of money (because I over purchased on some stuff) but it was enough to cover the hard cost, payroll and put some money in our pockets. It was good experience. Having never vended like that before I found there to be a wicked learning curve. As Marsha mentioned do your homework on the event and don't over extend yourself. Hope this help.
Agreed! It is better (although more money) to have an extra staff member or two than not enough. We had too few for one first-time event and pretty much fried those who were working that day.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 12:00 PM   #108
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Thanks so much for the great advice. I am in the process of contacting festival organizers and a couple of vendors that I know of in the area. I have found that the 2 or 3 largest festivals in the state have steep vending rates plus they want a percentage of the business gross. Is this normal? There is also a waiting list for these "Unless" there is a new and/or unique concept.

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Unread 01-28-2009, 09:26 AM   #109
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Thanks so much for the great advice. I am in the process of contacting festival organizers and a couple of vendors that I know of in the area. I have found that the 2 or 3 largest festivals in the state have steep vending rates plus they want a percentage of the business gross. Is this normal? There is also a waiting list for these "Unless" there is a new and/or unique concept.

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Yea, the percentage is pretty standard. 20% is pretty common around here. Alot of the events depending on size will ask for $250-$1500 per 10x20 space plus the cut.
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What a wonderful morning. Went out to the truck at six AM and the windshield was smashed in with a large chunk of stone from the alley way. Just what we need right about now.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 10:58 AM   #111
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That farkin sucks!! There are alot of useless people around these days.
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I just don't understand what the point of it was. You can clearly see into the van and there isn't any tools inside or even a stereo for that matter. It was parked about half a block away so I couldn't hear the alarm either.

These people really need to get a grip on their drinking and find something else to do at 3AM while walking home faceless!!!!!!!!!
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Sorry to hear that DRKY.. We should put together a brethren posse, jump the pond and hold vigile till we find the culprits.
Wednesday, I came to open my stand and found a messed up door jam and trashed road sign... Thankfully I had both the door and deadbolt locks locked otherwise I would have had a mess on my hands as well. Seems the worse the economy gets the more desprate the idiots of the world get.
Keep your head up brother!!!
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What a wonderful morning. Went out to the truck at six AM and the windshield was smashed in with a large chunk of stone from the alley way. Just what we need right about now.
The only reason for doing something that stupid is on a dare when you're drunk.
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Well it's about that time most of the snow went last week was in the 50's for a few days and expecting some rain this week. I think I may open up a few days next week and see how it goes. I have a gig on March 7th and the 14th so things are looking up. Time to hit the road running!! can't wait!!
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I'll be pulling for you.
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Go for it brother... Keep us posted...
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Well it's about that time most of the snow went last week was in the 50's for a few days and expecting some rain this week. I think I may open up a few days next week and see how it goes. I have a gig on March 7th and the 14th so things are looking up. Time to hit the road running!! can't wait!!
If things go as planned, will be opening up April 1st roadside a couple days and a couple days at the markets.
Still in the 20's here and calling for more snow!
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If things go as planned, will be opening up April 1st roadside a couple days and a couple days at the markets.
Still in the 20's here and calling for more snow!
Good luck bud temps have been all over the place here but the snow is gone time to rock next week.
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I open march 13th no matter what, here in South Dakota it is cold as heck but I have to deliver a 300lbs of pulled pork for an event. So I figure that is a good day to start the road side as well. As I was force in to the BBQ fulltime. I have been positioning myself anyhow so what a great way to start it all off.
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