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Catering, Vending and Cooking For The Masses. this forum is OnTopic. A resource to help with catering, vending and just cooking for large parties. Topics to include Getting Started, Ethics, Marketing, Catering resources, Formulas and recipes for cooking for large groups.


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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Vending question?

As venders, what do you look for/expect from the venue when you agree to vend at an event? What about an event besides crowd size attracts you to it? Would you participate at a newer event if there is potential for growth?

My reasons for asking...my church has put on a Christian Rock concert for several years, but has always thought small. Crowds are around 200-250 people. But we now have a leadership team chomping at the bit to grow and do bigger things, so there is a chance this small concert (which has grown from 1 band five years ago to 3 bands this year, one being a new regional band that has a big following), could become a one day festival with 4-5 bands, with a larger headlining band, attracting upwards of 1,000 people. Up to this point, our church team and provided a meal during the concert, but I would like to get out of that business and open the event to licensed food venders.

So, I guess what I'm looking for is any info you vending guys can give me to help make a decision on how we should proceed. Do you pay the event a fee to set-up there, and how much? Does the event provide power for your set-up? What other amenities do you like to get from an event?

Thanks for your help guys.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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Power and water is a must for me. 10% of proffit is a good fee I think.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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That depends on what you want to or need to make. I would do events that I know many on here would not consider because they are too small but I try to make sure there is a 1000 people minimum at the event and I'd be lucky to feed 100 - 200 of them. There are a few in my area that would be tickled to do an event with 200 people there.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
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At an absolute minimum I'd want to be the sole food vendor, for a one day event, with a minimum of 2k people. And at that, the menu would be scarce. We just agreed to this scenario last month as a favor to the chamber of commerce. No fees and we made a few bucks.
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