Assuming by Booth you are referring to “open-air” setups, then using an enclosed trailer will most times allow you more options for food to be prepared & served. … Many HD frown on cooking on open carts. … Next, I don’t believe you can produce 80 or even 60 waffles per hour off of 2 irons. … I think you need at least 3 or 4 plus a spare if one becomes fouled & needs cleaning during a rush. … Check the manufacture’s production rates for the model iron you will be using.
The Idea is good, you will need a trailer operation with a order and pay window, pick up window. The labor will be much higher than you expect, the sales will be much lower than you expect, The business is much harder than you expect ( Hardest thing you will ever do) and love every minute of it. You will not be able to sell as many per hour than you expect. ……………..If you want to compete in the big shows, your not going to do it with a table and two waffle irons. If you want be up there with the big boy’s, at the big shows, you have to look the part, be professional and have a great product. There is a lot of real food competition at the larger fairs, Dessert items are not the biggest sellers and also have a lot of competition from, Funnel cakes, ice cream, elephant ears, shave ice, deep fried candy bars, deep fried cheesecake, deep fried honeybuns, krispy kreme cheeseburgers and 50 other items………….BillyB
First of all if i am posting in the wrong area please tell me where i should be posting, this thread is as near to my business as i can see and most posts made here are relevant to my new business.
We are opening a Authentic Belgium Waffle business in Canada we have done much market research and it tells us with a high traffic location we can make a decent living we are both retired and plan to only do this for large events tradeshows and perhaps 1 fixed location if it comes through.
In our market research we see all the other businesses hot dog , fry truck ect but there are no Belgium waffle vendors does anyone on here have any background in this area??
after reading some posts from another new member whose projections were very high for a new business i would like to tell you our projections please i am thick skinned let me have it if you think i am off
2 people working the Booth we are projecting 60 to 80 waffles an hour for 8 hour show or event
Please note we do not plan on having our cart out every day in our town we are only going to target large shows and festivals for example the Calgary Stampede where 1.2 million people visit 10 day show we are hoping to sell 5,000 waffles at the show Realistic??? our projection is based on less than 0.6% purchases on total attendence.
We fully realize that we will be paying a large percentage of sales or high rental rate for these large events but feel this is the way to go does anyone have any opinions on this??
next question is cart versus trailer and what should we budget all we need is counter space for 2 waffle irons sinks hot and cold area electricity and serving area any recommendations or thoughts??
any input much appreciated you guys are the experts just want to learn and avoid some costly mistakes
Appreciate Some Advice
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