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Old 08-25-2017, 01:20 PM
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Well i am fixing to buy a food trailer to put to work at county fairs,music festivals and such.....anyone here do it? I am buying it from a guy thats been buying his food from me, so I know how much he buys and his selling price on his food.......8k net profit in a week at the fair opened my eyes......he is retiring and offered his trailer......just seeking any advice on the upps and downs of the business....I have someone whom I trust dearly to run it and a few of his employees want to continue to work.......I am just basically fronting the money and collecting at the end of the day......my food cost will have no mark up, so I should be able to cut better margins than he did......
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Just make sure it is up to snuff regarding DHEC or similar. A buddy of mine did it for a year or 2, but smaller items like popcorn and other fair type foods. It's good when you have the venues to participate in.
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Have you seen that show about fair food? I get hungry every time I watch it. Some of the food they make looks delicious. Sending you a pm
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Just make sure it is up to snuff regarding DHEC or similar. A buddy of mine did it for a year or 2, but smaller items like popcorn and other fair type foods. It's good when you have the venues to participate in.
the health dept doesnt even check him anymore because they have checked him so many times and they know he is compliant...
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well, looks like I will be buying it Next Friday......no risk no reward
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What kind of food? We have a couple taco and gyro trucks around here that get a line around the block when they show up.
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Half pound sausage dogs, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches
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And bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeño peppers
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Where's Bluffman He'd hit it ...LOL


Bacon Mmmmmmmm Bacon Good......
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You can park in my driveway!

One guy here does graduation parties, you get a ticket for a dinner when you show up for the party. Cash it In at the food truck.
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I always thought that if I was going to do that; I would name it STICK FOOD.

Then sell everything on a skewer...
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Where's Bluffman He'd hit it ...LOL


Bacon Mmmmmmmm Bacon Good......
To be quite honest I did hit one on his good looking gals he had working for him
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I used to own one and did fairs, arts and crafts shows, festivals and private events. It sounds like you are planning on doing bbq, which is what I did. I would discourage you to go the bbq route. It is too much work for these venues and you have too much risk with your food prep. With bbq you have to cook the night before and guess how much you will sell. This will vary greatly based on weather which can be unpredictable.

You need to think fast, easy and cheap. Funnel cakes, fried pickles, snow cones, frozen tea/ lemonade, ribeye sandwiches, roasted corn, baked potatoes, etc. With all these the mark up is huge and food cost is easier to absorb. It is easy to mix up some more bisquick for funnel cakes or just use the left over boxes at the next event. Bbq product is too perishable.
The other issue is paying for space at these festivals if you can even get in. It is expensive and you have to pay the full fee months in advance which can be several thousand dollars. Some events will even want a piece of your sales, like 15-20% and most of the good events have relationships established and will be hard to get in to.

We did it for a few years and had a lot of fun doing it. We even made money occasionally but it was a ton of work. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Not sure since I have never done it but it would appear to lend itself to huge cash business.
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I know a couple people who have one. One guy does corn dogs and the other does roasted corn and has added turkey legs and potatoes to his cart. Both do EXTREMELY well.
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
To be quite honest I did hit one on his good looking gals he had working for him

Never a doubt here LOL!!
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
the health dept doesnt even check him anymore because they have checked him so many times and they know he is compliant...
Unless your state has some wacky laws...that is BS.
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
Unless your state has some wacky laws...that is BS.
Yep, quarterly food inspections and yearly license for the one in my parking lot. 10 years later and still getting inspected every quarter. It's work like any food service. Good luck.
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I have two shaved Ice trailers, not food so can't help there.

But as far as festivals and events. You need to book early and hope the weather cooperates. You will have days when you go home and glad you broke even on the entry fees. And others that you absolutely kill it.

I would do it especially if you can setup in front of your current business to sell your remaining product.

The prep time and cleaning takes more time than anticipated. You already in the business 50% will be easier than for me as I have a full time job.
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Originally Posted by tunanut View Post
Yep, quarterly food inspections and yearly license for the one in my parking lot. 10 years later and still getting inspected every quarter. It's work like any food service. Good luck.
we only get inspected at a event more than 1 day........if 2 days or longer they will come inspect.....

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