When you hear that a fair is coming to town, you probably do not spend a lot of time thinking about anything beyond how exciting it will be to go to it. Fairs are a rare treat for most families. They are something that allows you to be a part of the action. You can play games, ride rides, win prizes, and more, but what if you were there as a way of life? What would it be like to work with the fair and travel around the country helping families have a good time? Better yet; what would it be like if you helped to feed the people who attended by setting up slow food at the fair?
Setting Up a Food Stand
There are a lot of things that go into setting up a food stand. One of the hardest is finding a food supplier in that area. There are specific food licenses to be purchased, menus to plan, supplies to secure, and more. You need the licenses to prove that you are approved for running at a fair, you need a menu that will give people what they want, and enough supplies to get through an entire event, whether it is going to last a day, a weekend, or an entire week or more. In some cases, you may need a license for each event, but this is not required in most cases if you have a fully mobile unit that you take to each event.
Which is Hardest to Set Up?
When planning to attend a fair or a carnival, there are issues that always seem to come up. If you are a food vendor, you are not immune to the issues. You have to make sure that your food trailer or truck has everything that you need in that area. This may include a power supply, running water supply, and other things. Your equipment could fail, and you could end up being unable to make cotton candy, fries, or other fair favorites such as fresh candy apples that are grown locally. You also may not want to be located near the restrooms where a toilet randomly runs since the odor of it could make people avoid buying from your tent, if something overflows. Some food services that travel to fairs, will only go to areas where they are able to set up for shorter times. A lack of water for cleaning and using, could be a major problem for all food services, but it can be even harder for someone who uses a basic food tent. They are mostly the ones that have to bring in a tent and set up their equipment each day. The people who have a vehicle that holds all their equipment and stays set up no matter where they travel may choose to stay in one area longer since it isn’t hard to “live” where they are going to be for a while.
Enjoy the Fair
When you hear that a fair is coming to town, it is important that you show you are happy to have them there. Help them out by providing fresh foods for people to eat. Local favorites are a bonus. Some of the people who work there are very far from home for long periods of time. They will appreciate you saying, “thanks” and they may also do their best to ensure that you have an even better tasting food or a longer ride because of it. This will also allow you to enjoy the fair a little more.