Try as you might, it’s impossible to avoid all incidents with your food trailers.
However, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk of having an accident at your concession trailer.
3 Times to Be Especially Careful with Your Food Trailer Business
It goes without saying, you should always practice basic food trailer safety – whether at an event or at home. But there are definitely certain times when it’s more important to ensure you’re operating safely.
Here are three moments in your concession trailer operation that you need to pay extra attention to safety.
1. Food Trailer Safety While Towing
Concession trailer safety begins even before you arrive at your event. If you’re not properly prepared, some of the biggest accidents can happen while transporting your food trailer.
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own restaurant?
You’ve picked out your name, the type of cuisine you want to serve, and the perfect location in that new food hall in the up-and-coming neighborhood in your city.
But there’s one problem: you have no experience running a restaurant, let alone a concession trailer. So, before you go all Top Chef, take a second to think about if you’re really ready for all the hard work and effort that goes into running a restaurant – especially if you’re a rookie.
3 Reasons You Should Open a Food Trailer Before a Restaurant
If you’re seriously thinking about starting your own dining establishment and you have little to no experience running a restaurant, you might be better suited to earn your chops with a food trailer.
Here are three reasons a food trailer probably makes more sense than a restaurant.
You’ve mapped out your concession trailer strategy. You know exactly what you want to sell and where you want to sell it. But before you hit the road, you need to make sure your mobile business has the proper certifications and permits you need to operate legally. Make Sure You Obtain These Concession Trailer Permits There may be some exceptions, but most food trailer businesses need to get at least these six certifications and permits to stay within the law. 1. General Business License
Your concession trailer is considered a business, so you need to obtain a general business license that covers your home location as well as any city where you might be selling.
2. Food Service and Food Safety Permits
Any business that prepares, cooks, or sells food – that means your food trailer – must obtain food service and food safety permits from their local county.
Concession trailers have their benefits over traditional food trucks when it comes to interior space to prepare and cook food. But those benefits don’t matter unless you have a vehicle that can effectively move your food trailer from one place to another. The Best Way to Tow Your Concession Trailer To determine the best vehicle to tow your food trailer, you first need to understand how much your trailer and equipment inside will weigh. A good starting estimate would be between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds – but this weight could differ depending on your menu and equipment needed to prepare your food. Using that weight as a guideline, here are three suitable options you have to tow your concession trailer. 1. Towing Your Concession Trailer with a Pickup Truck
The first option that probably comes to mind is your trusty pickup truck. People use trucks to tow anything from campers to construction equipment. [...]
There’s no shortage of food options at most popular outdoor events. From the smallest carnival to the largest state fairs, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see other concession trailers – some of which may be selling the same food that you offer. Just because the competition is saturated at these larger events doesn’t mean that you can’t find outdoor locations to be successful with your food trailer. You may not get the same crowds as you would at a state fair, but consider these four outdoor events to bring your concession trailer.
1. County Fairs
Okay, we admit you might run into the same problem at smaller county fairs as you would at larger carnivals. In most cases, these fairs use the same vendors year after year, and it might be difficult for a new guy to get in on the action – especially if your food trailer [...]
One of the great things about food trailers is your culinary options. You could use your trailer to sell anything from gourmet fare to the simplest dishes. But if you’re looking to turn a profit quickly, you should consider selling funnel cakes in your concession trailer. Why Funnel Cakes? Walk around any fairground and you’ll likely notice the longest lines at stands selling the most traditional fair food – corn dogs, cotton candy, and yes, funnel cakes. Not only is this food one of the favorites across the country, it is especially easy and cheap to make. Most traditional funnel cake recipes include less than 10 simple ingredients. And if you make the batter ahead of time, you only have to worry about a handful of items in your concession trailer so you can quickly make large batches to keep up with the demand. 3 Factors That Will Impact Your Daily Concession Trailer Funnel Cake [...]
So, you have your own concession trailer. Now what?
You need customers, and marketing your new concession trailer business is a top priority.
What that means is marketing and doing it the right way. You must find your own path, while also keeping up with the times. It’s a sticky situation, but with the right tips, your food trailer can grow faster than spinach does.
Luckily, the folks at Custom Trailer Pros have you covered. Read on for an inside look at increasing your business the right way!
Pick an Eye-Grabbing Name and Logo
This is one of the hardest, yet best, ways to garner attention. If you’re serving kebabs, having a name like “Jon’s Kebabs” isn’t going to knock the socks off anyone.
Some good ideas that involve the potential consumers include having a fan vote via social media or opening a crowdfunding [...]
Mouth-watering, delicious, incredible food. It’s what sets apart the food trailer industry and can give you lines around the block. Now it’s your turn. You’ve made the business decision to start your own food trailer, yet something’s eating away at you: deciding what food to serve. Yes, the specific food chosen to serve hungry bellies will define your business, for the now and future, but it’s not all rotten tomatoes regarding this significant decision. If the best choice isn’t apparent to you, don’t worry. We’ve gone ahead and laid out some of the most lucrative options to consider when opening your new calling. 5 Trendy Foods for New Food Trailers Are you tired of all the taco trucks or BBQ trailers in your town? If you’re investing in your own food business, picking a solid backbone to your menu can be crucial in welcoming new customers. Here is a quick list of some foods that [...]
If you’re thinking of starting a food concession trailer business, you probably have a menu in mind. But it takes more than a few great recipes to get your business from idea to ignition. If you’re ready to start a food concession trailer business, here are a few things to consider:
Are you flexible? The food concession trailer business is not for those that want to keep bankers’ hours. It can be a 15+ hour per day job if you’re stationed at a sporting event or a festival. And while your dream might be to play mobile chef, you will also need to be ready to change tires and serve as a roadside mechanic as well as run your business like a dedicated CEO/CFO.
Are you social? For a food concession trailer to be successful, you’ll need to position your business in a visible, high-traffic location full of hungry people as often as possible. [...]
Thinking about running your own food trailer? It can be a great investment and a fun business, but like any industry it’s important to do your research before jumping into the frying pan…or soup bowl, or coffee cup…whatever your culinary dream might be. The experts at Custom Trailer Pros have put together a list of 7 key factors needed before taking the next steps. Are you ready for your next adventure? Read on!
Fast Work-Flow. Serve your food quickly! Our most successful customers understand that maximizing their profits means being able to serve a lot of food in a short amount of time. Whether you are working a large festival or an office complex’s lunch break, your customers will not wait for a slow-moving line. Prep your food ahead of time if possible, create a smooth work-flow within your food truck and establish systems that help generate fast, consistent service every time.