Street food has become incredibly trendy these days. There are markets happening all the time where entrepreneurs can set up a stall and sell their food to hungry passers-by. On top of selling at markets, food vendors often set up stands at events and festivals and sell there too. If you’re offering great food in a safe manner, you can make a lot of money.
There is a lot to take into account before you get started though. If you go into the marketplace without preparing properly, you’ll fail pretty quickly. It’s a growing and competitive market, so to succeed you’ll have to be offering something new and different. You’ll also have to make sure you’re complying with safety standards too.
Here are the answers to some questions you’ll need to ask yourself before setting up your first food stall.
What’s Your USP?
Offering something eye-catching and new is vital when it comes to street selling. People will be walking by, and they won’t take long before they move on to the next stall. You’ll be surrounded by your competitors, so make sure your food is unique. That could mean offering a new twist on an old favourite or bringing something entirely new to people. An attractive stall front is also vital if you’re going to draw people in.
How Will You Produce Your Food?
When you’re selling food on a stall, it’s not easy to get right. You have little space and potentially a lot of customers. That’s why you need to think about what equipment you will need. You don’t want to be turning customers away, but you also don’t want to be taking up too much room with bulky equipment, unless you’re opening a larger operation. Once the food is prepared, you also need to keep it hot.
How and to Whom Will You Sell It?
Think about where you’re selling and who you’re going to be selling to. If you want to sell to a specific type of customer, you need to think about what will appeal most to your target customer. If you’re selling at music festivals where people are drinking and partying, you should produce food that’s quick and easy to eat, nothing too fancy or complicated.
What Else Will You Need Other Than Food?
Food selling should always be your priority and focus, but there are other things to think about too. You might find that you can improve your profits by offering other items and products alongside your food. And if you’re opening a big food selling area at an event or festival, you will need to think about installing toilet facilities. You could get portable toilets and a sanitary mixer to cover you if you’re unsure. And don’t forget drinks, you can make a lot of money by selling alcohol, but, remember, you need a license to do this.
What Safety Procedures Need to be Followed?
Just because you’re selling on a street or at a festival, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare your food carefully and safely. There are often big problems associated with selling food on the street. A lot of people don’t cook thoroughly enough, don’t store it safely or fail to keep it warm once it’s cooked. Don’t let this be you. Check your local authority for guidelines, a food inspector will be checking up on you too.