From wedding receptions, to corporate events, to family reunions and state fairs, food trucks are popping up everywhere. These rolling restaurants are a fun way to provide a diverse menu of delicious food. They do however, create their own set of logistical challenges. Here’s what you need to know in order to have a seamless food truck experience:
- Plan Ahead. Since many food trucks are scheduled to be at numerous festivals, events, and fundraisers throughout the year, you’ll want to book your trailer sooner rather than later. It’s generally a good idea to book at least 6 months in advance to maximize your chances of getting the food truck you want, when you want it.
- Decide On the Location. The ideal food truck location is determined by the size of the event space, the number of guests in attendance, and the planned activities and entertainment. Food trucks should never compete with the primary focal point, so arranging them along the perimeter of the event generally works well.
- Determine The Number of Guests. Mobile food vendors must prepare for large events days in advance, and they work hard to have the proper amount of food for the number of attendees they expect to feed. That’s why it is important that you accurately estimate the crowd you expect up front, and provide updates to the vendor as your anticipated number of guests change.
- Hire Enough Trucks. Food trucks can only serve a few people at once, which is why the lines at food truck festivals are often frustratingly long. If you have more than 50 people attending, you should consider hiring multiple trucks. For food trucks to have a successful event, they should average at least 40-60 guests per hour.
- Offer Variety. If you decide to hire multiple trucks for your event, your guests will appreciate having the opportunity to choose from several different types of food. Rather than hiring multiple sandwich trucks, you could have one truck serving sandwiches, another offering BBQ, and a third providing dessert.
- Blend Food Trucks with Traditional Catering. There’s no rule that says you have to use one caterer for everything. Consider mixing things up by using food trucks in addition to traditional catering. Your caterer could serve classics such as burgers, pasta, or chicken, while the food truck provides dessert.
- Study Your Contract Carefully. You’ll sign a contract that stipulates many of the details of your agreement with the food truck operator. Every operator has his own unique contract, and you should be sure to ask questions about anything you don’t completely understand prior to signing on the dotted line.
Having your event catered by a stylish, gourmet food truck definitely adds a unique flare. Hire a food truck for your next event, and create a delightful experience for your guests.
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