Food/drink trading at music festivals

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  1. MrCloser

    MrCloser UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I had an interesting chat with one of the traders at Download, he told me he paid 15k for a pitch, that is three days plus maybe the Thursday night and Monday morning. He told me also that all food and drink prices are fixed by the management, even showing me a sheet of the set prices to charge!

    Maybe op should look into doing less commercialised events like smaller festivals and bike club rallies etc. Smuggling stock in and selling it 'under the radar' in the campsites at big events has it's own risks if you get caught. They have plain clothes security as well as badged.
    Posted: Sep 4, 2011 By: MrCloser Member since: Aug 2, 2011
  2. Garyandgemma

    Garyandgemma UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi I am looking to start up selling food any advice going? Thanks
    I would like to sell at festivals do you need a license to walk around,or is a stall the only option obvious license needed what do you have?
    Posted: Oct 29, 2011 By: Garyandgemma Member since: Oct 29, 2011
  3. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Dont forget the risks, like rain, foot and mouth etc and other natural disasters you still pay the site fees and have loads of food / drinks to take home
    Posted: Oct 29, 2011 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
  4. Truemanbrown

    Truemanbrown UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    One of my client's runs a kiosk at the likes of Download and V Festival.

    I can re-iterate everything you have said. What you have not said is that all the food and drinks also has to be purchased from the management company in charge of the site has well as the electricity. You also have to pay an extra rental if your takings go above a certain level (they demand sight of the till slips at the end of the day).

    It is not worth doing the big events, you should look at the smaller ones instead.
    Posted: Oct 30, 2011 By: Truemanbrown Member since: Jul 23, 2010
  5. projectfriday

    projectfriday UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Our local ice cream man with a van once set up shop at Leeds festival (my surprise when I saw him parked up around the corner from the site I fixed up my tent) and I later asked him what he had to do, he said he just contacted the festival organisers via their website and they advised him which channels to go through. That would be your best bet. For Leeds festival (and Reading), for example:

    To apply to trade at the festival:
    Please email **** with details of your stall and contact information.
    Posted: Oct 30, 2011 By: projectfriday Member since: Oct 16, 2011
  6. Future-Festival

    Future-Festival UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We are currently in the process of taking applications for the first ever 'Future Festival' from caterers and traders. This event is taking place on the 27th, 28th & 29th July 2012 at the Lincolnshire Showground in Lincoln. We will be showcasing some of the biggest names in UK & World Music.

    For more information about the event or to register your interest please Private Message me on here and I will send you the email address to register with. (I cannot post any URL's due to posting rules for new users)
    Posted: Nov 7, 2011 By: Future-Festival Member since: Nov 7, 2011
  7. MrCloser

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    That's interesting, thanks for that. Buying in food from the management company is a new twist I think. It seems festival goers are getting shafted both ways both on both the tickets and catering.

    Only the big name bands get paid well I can assure you, I know someone who played at a big uk event this year and got no payment at all, not even a free meal pass.
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    Posted: Nov 9, 2011 By: MrCloser Member since: Aug 2, 2011
  8. Ajibee

    Ajibee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If you have the time I would like to know about your experience with central catering as I've been offered some spots for this season many thanks
    Posted: Feb 22, 2012 By: Ajibee Member since: Feb 22, 2012
  9. katykk

    katykk UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi, I am interested at setting up a food stall at festivals and I think I have a unique idea, but I've not been to many festivals in the past few years so am not sure how original my idea is. Is there any way of finding out what other vendors are currently offering what foods/ services?

    Posted: Jun 24, 2012 By: katykk Member since: Jun 24, 2012
  10. antpal

    antpal UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Katy,
    Try a particular festivals website. They generally have a list of traders published before the event.
    Posted: Jun 25, 2012 By: antpal Member since: Mar 12, 2011
  11. ben cronin

    ben cronin UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi everyone. I am also looking for a little advice on festivals. We are talking about selling beer out of beer dispenser backpacks at gigs.
    Does anyone have any advice on that or should we stay well clear of it?
    Thanks for any information provided.
    Posted: Aug 30, 2012 By: ben cronin Member since: Aug 9, 2012
  12. antpal

    antpal UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Usually one or two companies/suppliers will have exclusivity for the whole event, and will send their own guys put with backpacks.
    Posted: Aug 30, 2012 By: antpal Member since: Mar 12, 2011
  13. zuzazak

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    wasn't his festival cancelled? if this happens do vendors get their money back? are there any kind of precautions you can take to avoid losing your money if you are planning to run a food stall? i am in the planning stages of setting up this kind of business also, so finding this whole thread very helpful and any tips greatly appreciated. thanks :)
    Posted: Sep 27, 2012 By: zuzazak Member since: Sep 27, 2012
  14. antpal

    antpal UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Some festivals refund you, others are not so forthcoming and will require some court action before handing back your money.
    Research each event as best as you can.
    Posted: Sep 27, 2012 By: antpal Member since: Mar 12, 2011
  15. country kitchen

    country kitchen Guest

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    Has anyone traded at Glasto? if so how much is a stall? We are wanting to apply for next year but would really like to know a estimate on how much rent we will be expected to pay? Any help would be most appreciated...
    Posted: Oct 21, 2012 By: country kitchen Member since: Oct 21, 2012
  16. antpal

    antpal UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    A guy I know paid £11k at the 2009 festival.
    Posted: Oct 23, 2012 By: antpal Member since: Mar 12, 2011
  17. Jassythedog

    Jassythedog UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi everyone, I know this is an old thread but hope I might catch a few people still looking for responses and admin if you feel this is inappropriate please feel free to remove.

    I am on a committee who run a small (600-800 people) festival in Laughton near Lewes, East Sussex in August all profits go to a childrens charity in Nepal. We are looking for a veggie food stall to fill a gap where last years lovely stall has now closed the business. We already have an Indian, pizza and general cafe so we are looking for something slightly more unusual, maybe African, Morrocan, Thai, etc. Stallmiust look colourful to match the rest of the festival. Price is realistic if you are interested PM me as soon as you can.

    We are also looking for a few people to prepare crew food about 20 - 30 people. food should be simple but hearty (we do work hard to set up the festival).You should consider this a non profit gig but with access to a really lovely festival.
    Posted: Apr 26, 2017 By: Jassythedog Member since: Oct 17, 2010
  18. martin Duggan

    martin Duggan UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    The best advise I can give anyone is to work for other vendors before you start spending money. You can then begin to understand the many problems that you face, you also get paid. Standing on your feet for over 10 hours and working flat out is an experience no matter how old you are 18-60. Health and safety rules and food hygiene. Pricing of goods. It is an endless list, which can be understood a lot better on site.
    Posted: Oct 29, 2017 By: martin Duggan Member since: Oct 29, 2017
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