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… Lorna I have to ask, don’t you get customers that come to your regular spot because they tasted your food at a local event?
I know I do get several after each downtown event I vend and many have become regulars.
Yes we do. My point is that the smaller local events tend to be more profitable than the “big” event. At some point you have to decide is it worth the high $$ to set up VS. the profit. Any set up fee that runs over $100 is too high in our opinion in OUR current setup (please note that that is for US in our current set up, I’m not saying that everyone should use that guideline… it’s just our maximum fee we decided on). Regarding SocorroFest… We did get a few new customers… mostly because they had seen us set up on the Plaza but did not stop. The event was held on the same Plaza that we normally set up on. I believe these customers bought from us over the other food vendors because we were “familiar”. Many of our customers wanted to know if we planned on setting up at the county fair that fall. We couldn’t get in as all the “spaces” had been filled… something our customers didn’t understand since the food vendors were set up in an open area. Just as well we didn’t… it rained… lots of mud… we heard the food vendors did poorly because the fair officials wouldn’t drain off the water nor bring in gravel.
As far as the relevance of this thread. I do believe that this is a thread that should be revisited periodically. Both new and established food vendors would benefit from the updates. With the normal ups & downs of our economy, there will be folks who want to try different things. By keeping this thread updated, they can see how the situation evolves over the time span of the thread. This thread was originally started in May 2009 (I’ve been involved in threads on RV forums that ran years… the subjects tend to be “Wallydocking” and “grey water disposal” so your post is kind of odd to me). We started our cart in March 2009. We have learned a lot in that short time frame. We have thought about the events, worked a few, and learned a great deal in our limited experience with them. We have also learned that our experiences with events are both the same and different from others experiences. Our experiences with events in the West are different than our experiences with events in the East. I believe that the information that can be gleaned from this thread is applicable not only to the small vendor and the large vendor but the guy in the middle who has decided to get just a little bigger yet still doesn’t want to work 15 people per event. I think my reference to the “big boys” at the SocorroFest would really not be considered “big” but more “medium”. I understand that we are in a different situation than most , if not all, of the other posters on this forum. I have learned a lot from the older threads but have often wished they contained some recent info on the same subject. I have also learned that many of the posters on this forum do not like having the same question asked twice, even if it is to try to get current info on the same subject, so I often simply do not ask a question here. In the past year we have sold in 4 states (when your home has wheel, you tend to roll and the economy sucked in SW NC and will not recover for a while after the rest of the country does). Luckily, I have found a few other vendors (food & other stuff) on RV forums that understand some of the situations that we run into being more mobile than the typical food vendor on this forum. The lack of a home base is why we have decided to build a mobile kitchen suited to our situation (it has to be accepted into a campground). This decision was ba,26,511845.002002001001002001001001001001001001,12,91935,188.8.131.52
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