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Festival Network Online

May 2011
Have you noticed organic food showing up on the festival circuit? This month Robert Berman shares info on using organic food in your concession business.

As always, if you have any particular topics you'd like to see covered here, or if you'd like to contribute an article to the FNO newsletters - drop me a line!

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Organic Food Makes Its Mark On This Year's Festival Circuit!
by Robert Berman

After many years of experimentation, organic food has finally arrived in the food concession industry.

Throughout North America more and more festivals and fairs had food concessions that were hustling organic products.

Why has it taken so long? Food concession operators are notorious for being slow off the starting block. Many believe that a food concession is designed to provide greasy and messy products. They have a tendency to model their operations after others around them, and while looking at the success of others can be a valid way to enter a business, it does not leap frog you ahead of them. You become an industry follower rather than an industry leader. Read more

FNO Tips & Tricks
by Julie

rssYou've heard about the FNO Community and how you can upload photos and videos of your work or your process (if you're a Pro Member). This allows you to have a FNO EPK to send off to festival promoters via the new "send my EPK" link. Now I want to take a minute to tell you about the blog feature - just another aspect of your FNO profile. All blog entries within the FNO Community are automatically and instantly inserted into our RSS Feed.

"RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. Many people describe it as a 'news feed' that you subscribe to." - More about RSS from ProBlogger.

This means people will see your content all across the world wide web when they've subscribed to the FNO RSS feed. So blogging on the FNO site can gain your business lots of new exposure. Blog about shows, events, contests, the weather, your inspiration, touring... add a cool image, and get into the FNO RSS feed. Get more clicks to your FNO EPK and get your info seen.

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