We do not like to pay fees for events. The most we have paid was $55 without electric (2 night event). That was too much for what it turned out to be. No one way buying much. The roasted corn lady did the best of us. We were next because we could sell our leftover product on the street the following Monday. The “big boy” food vendors lost it on that event.
One of the vendors that was there last October was up at an event we checked out yesterday (3 day event). His trailer is up for sale (he had $3 plain dogs, $4 with chili & cheese). We will not be considering that event next year. 13 pro food vendors, very few in attendance. We showed up between 1:30 & 2PM. No trash on the ground, no evidence that folks had been buying the hot dogs, turkey legs, burgers, etc… no full trash barrels (no trash anywhere to be seen). All I seen were drinks in Styrofoam cups (large cups… not sure where they were bought), 3 roasted corn, 2 funnel cakes. 1 cotton candy
Foods that were there:
– Navajo Taco & burgers
– Roasted corn
– One big boy who sold Gyros, grilled sausage & onions and other Midway type foods
– Hot dogs
– Roasted Corn
– ice cream (no one home!)
– Funnel cakes
– a big boy floss rig selling cotton candy, hot dogs, corn dogs
Outside the event area was a trailer selling Meatball sandwich & pulled pork BBQ (no customers & no sign that he had any), on the main road was a BBQ outfit. 2 folks were standing outside drinking cups of drink. All the vendors looked… bored and depressed.
That was the cleanest event I have ever seen. And I don’t think it was because they were real good at picking up the trash. We just really didn’t see anyone buying and there should have been at that time (even the non-profits looked like they had done nothing).
We have one lined up in August that will cost us $10. It’s 40 miles away. We checked the town out on July 3rd while they were doing their 4th Celebration. Talked to towns folk about attendance, sounds good. Hope they are in a buying mood. They had a BBQ trailer at the 4th Celebration. If they will be at the festival, I don’t think they would be much competition. I think we offer better food at a better price.[8D]
We might do the $55 event this year. We will wait until the deadline day to decide. Depends on how many vendors will be there. There just aren’t enough folks going to the event to support 8 food vendors & 1 non-profit (like last year).