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 Commercial Vendors Edition  - August 2006

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Hey Commercial Exhibitors and Food Vendors,

This article
about overcoming the challenges in the mobile food business goes out to all the new food vendors out there.  Robert Berman of Mobile Catering Business authored this article and operates a great website for festival vendors.

Take care,

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Getting Accepted as a Food Concession Can be Difficult

One of the two most difficult challenges that you, as a new food concession operator will face, are how to find venues such as fairs, festivals, and other events and how to convince the organizers of those venues that it is their best interests to have you attend?  You have solved the first challenge by becoming a member of Festival Network Online.  Now comes your biggest challenge.  How do you convince the organizers of those venues that it is their best interests to have you attend?

Fairs and festivals are always looking for new and somewhat unique items to have at their venue, after all they want increased attendance, and fairs and festivals that are always the same have a tendency to see attendance slowly drop from one year to next.

If you, as a new food concession operator, are providing nothing more than a “me to” menu with nothing new, exciting or out of the ordinary you will definitely have an uphill challenge to obtain space. New and exciting does not have to mean some exotic food, although a new or unusual food concept is usually a fair management grabber, it can mean a well or uniquely decorated trailer, or unusual outfits for the staff. Always be careful if you are trying to promote anything that is audio oriented, theme music can be a negative as far as some fair managers are concerned.

I always suggest that food concessionaires produce a small but meaningful electronic brochure, showing what their food concession trailer looks like, inside and out, outlining the menu and prices, and how many customers can be served per hour. This gives the fair management a feeling that you are professional and that you take the food concession business seriously. A food concession operator must always remember that the quality of the food concessions are always viewed, by the attendees, as a major part of the total fair experience. Bad or poor food quality or poor health standards and the attendees will say that the fair was bad or poor. Highlight your commitment to cleanliness and quality and as time progresses add the fairs, festivals and any other events that you have attended as references.
Do not get frustrated, filling out concession forms for fairs and festivals can be likened to sending out resumes. In the beginning you have to send out a lot in order to get a response from a few, and like a resume, you have to indicate why you should be chosen over another food concession.

Article provided by:
Robert Berman, owner of the website the only website and forums exclusively for food concession, vending cart and mobile catering businesses.

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