Aren’t we the smart ones!!! Everyone is so surprised by our menu but David is still called “the hot dog guy”. We like to be “different”… [8D]
thats funny lorna, we do do tacos some and no one here does them. now bbq is a different story here. we don’t do it because everyone does it. we have done events with 6 or 8 vendors and was told there was 25 bbq guys wanting in. but, like you said, we have a broad menu which we can choose items from for an event.
We completed our second festival of the year with our new trailer. So far shaved ice has been a good choice. We also did OK with the lemon shake-ups. Friday was set up between 12:00 and 6:00 PM. After we arrived and checked in we had to request another location due to a serving window conflict. We ended up with a good location in the downtown area next to city hall. The only downside to the Friday setup was that we where not supposed to ask any of the customers parked in the parking lot to move their cars. Fortunately city hall was closed and the only car blocking us belonged to a worker in the sandwich shop next to city hall.
Saturday started off with some major electrical issues. All vendors where requested to be able to run off of a 15 amp circuit. The problem was that several vendors were plugged into one outlet and every time a vendor turned on an appliance it tripped the circuit. We finally got permission to plug into an outlet in city hall. The downside was that we could not run our air conditioner.
Saturday was a nice warm day in Georgia and we had steady sales all day long. No long lines like we had at the last festival but overall a good day. Sunday was a bust, as soon as people started showing up for the festival the rain settled in for the rest of the day. Good thing about a trailer like ours we can pack away in the comfort of a dry interior then hookup and go.
We want to touch briefly on this subject and will post more on it. The difference in the quality of the food vendors and the total duplication of food item astonished us. There would be three food vendors almost next to each other selling the same items at different prices. We honestly saw food items that stayed on the griddles all day long and non profits giving away drinks and selling food for almost nothing.
Over all we had a good time and reserved a better location for nest year. If we actually return depends on us getting into a much larger festival that is usually held at the same time.
… We want to touch briefly on this subject and will post more on it. The difference in the quality of the food vendors and the total duplication of food item astonished us. There would be three food vendors almost next to each other selling the same items at different prices. We honestly saw food items that stayed on the griddles all day long and non profits giving away drinks and selling food for almost nothing…
Our goal is to ALWAYS have the best food we can provide. The duplication is part of the reason we have “different” menu items. Yes, we sell hot dogs and sausages but we also sell BBQ (duplicated) and now we offer deli sandwiches (1/4 lb meat subs on a 6″ hoagie roll). We try not to compete with outfits that we can’t possibly compete with. We don’t do tacos because we can’t see how they can sell a quality product so cheap nor would we know good Mexican food if it walked up and slapped us in the face. Besides EVERYONE out here does tacos. The closest we do is a breakfast “wrap” (scrambled eggs & cheese in a tortilla… some with shredded smoked sausages… NO POTATOES). And I don’t do those all the time. Just early morning events. Everyone seems to change their drink prices to the same as ours ($1 for a 12 oz can or a 20 oz bottle of water). We no longer agree to presetting any prices. Dd that once. Sorry, but we won’t fall for that trick again. We just let the non profits do their thing (often badly). But we also do not like working an event with a non-profit and try to avoid events with one or more.
most of the non for profits get thier food donated. it also isn’t good when they just sell spaces and don’t care who sells what. we always ask what we can sell and if anyone else is selling these items.
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