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FestivalNet Food Ventors News
June 2018

Do you keep up to date with the latest food trends? If you would like to attract foodies, you certainly should be. The mobile food industry is fast moving, so to stay ahead you need to make sure you jump on trends quickly, but drop them when demand starts to drop. Read on to find out when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em!

At fairs and fests, some of the folks supporting your business are exhibiting artists and crafters. You might be familiar with CERF+, The Artist's Safety Net, which FestivalNet has been proudly donating to for 11 years now. Find out how Mother Nature is challenging the non-profit's ability to help artists below.

Happy Summer!

Marisa Morgan
FN Newsletter Editor

Sugarloaf Crafts

Don't Let Trendy Ingredients Rule Your Menu
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You know what I and many other food concession diners don't want to see any more? Salted Caramel. We will even toss in Sriracha for that matter. Don't get me wrong, both of these are great ingredients that I enjoy tasting in dishes. But the constant food media overhyping of these ingredients has weakened their appeal for many. Which begs the question: What is the point of saturation for trendy ingredients and when do they begin to lose their market appeal?

On the other side of the argument, when does an ingredient have enough pull to attract curious consumers to your food service window?

Food Vendor News

When To Use Trendy Ingredients

Adding the latest trendy ingredients to your menu before your competitors can give you the edge to stand out from the crowd. Not only will you win the business of trend following customers, but you'll also be able to charge higher premium prices.

So what are the items we've seen on food concession menus that we wish more would include? Which ingredients and menu items do we want more accessible across the country? And which ingredients don't we want to see as part of a differentiation statement; even if we don't mind them showing up on menus?

Read more!

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Please help us make Festival and Promoter Ratings a stronger part of the FN toolbox. You'll find a link to recently ended events on your My Account page.

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The FestivalNet Giving Tree

In 1985, CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization which uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists' livelihoods nationwide.

On May 31, the day before hurricane season, the non-profit announced: "We have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to put the Emergency Relief Fund Program on hold until we can raise more money to meet artists' needs." The non-profit's aid capacity has been depleted by the overwhelming need resulting from multiple disastrous weather events.

This month, our Research Assistant, first employee and Jill of all Trades, Shawn put an apple on our Giving Tree page for CERF+. The non-profit will receive a portion of our gross profits for June.

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