It is Sunday Nite Website is for the Junior Womans League
I know- went to the tree part and went to the vendors app. page.
$350.00 that is steep.
Hopefully DoggieBites will post the results of the event… the good, the bad and the ugly. That way it will help all of us when we figure events… particularly those new to working events.
OP has not stated about storage. Would figure what you believe to be Sat. 65-75% of sells. Then restock for sunday at 50% of that . If I did not have the storage/freezer space to use leftovers for the week coming that is a hard deal.
My food purveyor came once a week and ordered for week and festivals. But we had storage space.
each individual fest is different. Kept books on everyone we have done. Some 2.3% to 6.1%, weather plays a big part in this. Have done a festival that did 2.6% food for us at 105 and the next year temps where at a respectable 88 and did 5.4%.
We haven’t done any combos or meal deals at any events. But we also don’t raise our prices either from our street menu. Mostly because we keep our event fees low. That is our decision. Others may think differently.
IMHO, the people who survive and do well in this business are the ones that guess right. The people that buy enough product for the first day, will then have the answers for the second day. Send someone out to buy more product, late saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. If RD isn’t open then Costco or a 1000 supermarkets are. I think the 5% theory is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, there is now way to figure out how much food you well sell. You will have all the answers on Sunday night when the event ends………..This may not be what you want to hear, but it is the truth………..BillyB
Doggie Bites I do not have a problem with 8K attendence. My thoughts were you are new to this and promoters will tell you anything. Know others that have been lied to also. Just keep your eyes and ears open. Might work for you. Hope the best.
I say go for it. If you can, buy as many dogs as you can freeze. They keep well. We never know exactly how things will turn out. That’s part of being in this biz. Think positive. The worse that can happen is you get some really valuable experience. I think it’s a great opportunity. Nothing beats experience. Definately steam the buns. It’s one of the things that make the hot dog buying experience differ from fixing them at home. Hope you have someone to take the money. Good luck and let us know.
Curbside heres the web site(JLSB.org) whats the big deal about 8k showing up??? and yes its a paid event, believe it or not we weren’t invited to the Black tie nite on Friday,I guess Hot dogs wont go with Lobster and caviar :).. and 5% is what I have read in this forum I didnt make that # up, but it makes some sense if are to believe vets on this forum.
Thanks for the info .
What, no meal deals at Festivals. Premium on all items. How our we to help when it is your area and not ours. This is your call. You are the owner of the business. Do what you feel is needed.
I can tell you what made our work easier but food prices and all- you are talking about is not up to me.
Of course I’ll post results, but Im trying to figure out the amount of food,soda,snacks,hot and cold condiments?everytime that I remember when I was going to an airshow or a fair,I dont remember anycombo’s or meal deals! Im stuck on thinking its like selling food daily,this is one of my problems,what price is fair…??
Trying to make money is what this whole things about,trying to make the fees back,food cost,ect..but maintaining a fair and family business is most important to me,remembering this is only 2 days I have another 363 days out there and if people see high quality food,good service and fair prices, I tend to think if they see me again they will come back.
Forget how big the crowds are. Forget the 5%. First, the max that you can sell is the max that you can serve. That is your baseline. What can you serve? REALISTICALLY! Unless you allow your customers to play in the condiments, they will have to have time to decide what they want on their sandwiches (we sell a complete sandwich… we put on all the condiments, not our customers). Make sure you have plenty of drinks prechilled and ready to shift into your serving cooler. Who told you 8K will be there? Basically you need to set up like you do on the street and then allow for the extra long day. Have help who can handle the money, restock (meat, buns, sodas) and make a dog as well. Being able to make a quickie trip to Sm’s will also help. Take lots of $5’s and $1’s because everyone will want to pay you in $20’s. Very important here… Don’t take any bills larger than a $20. Otherwise you will have folks changing $100’s and wiping you out of your change. And then you have to worry if they are real. Keep extra condiments (onions, cheese, relish… we double bag the relish baggies as they tend to leak a little, several small sandwich baggies inside a 1 gal freezer baggie) in ziplock baggies in the amounts that will fit in your condiment pans. you may want to take an extra burner (a 2 burner camp stove works good… just make sure it works prior to use and bring an extra tank of gas if using the 1lb disposables) and a pot to heat water/dogs in… cook dogs to temp and move over to serving pan… helper is good for this too.
We steam our buns for events. We typically keep 3 or 4 kaiser buns (for BBQ and Kielbasa) and 10 to 15 hot dog buns in the steamer. We don’t steam our sub rolls. BUT we have a big bun steamer so that makes a difference. Use fresh rolls and you don’t HAVE to steam if you get moving too fast. Placing your buns in a dark rubbermaid type tote (one of the shallow ones) and set out in the sun will warm the buns nicely.
8K est. Is this a pay to attend. If not I will lay monies on this event as no more than 1300 attendees.
The economy has even our own events down to nothing. I stated earlier 40k plus this was gate attendence was -that they paid $5.00 a head to get in. One other food vendor -a non profit. They do dogs, hamburgers, cheese Burgers, Corn Dogs, Fries. Dogs A Buck, Corn Dogs $2.00 Hamburgers $2.00
Can you compete with this. I am not saying don’t go, but your eyes need to stay opened and learn. Been doing this for years and still making a living.
I might sound gruff as people here have told me , but I am trying to help.
While you are there, distribute fliers that you decorate also. Christmas Lighting is important.
We have our first big event,11/13 and 14th est 8000 atn. after reading posts I have read 5% in sales, if so would that be 400 dogs per day or for total event ? Thanks for any help, thats is so much food I hate to over estimate or worst under,because Sams dont open until 10am on Sunday it will to late for shopping that day.
And besides dogs,should we sell our reg. items,chips,sodas…..and what about steaming rolls???[:0] what else,sorry for rambling very excited and nervous..Thanks for any help.
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