If youâ€™re a bit of a foodie and you love cooking for others, then street vending might be right up your alley. You might not fancy opening up a full on restaurant or catering company, but street food vending means that you can see and serve your customers directly in a relaxed and fun environment.
What Do You Need?
First, you need to decide what youâ€™re going to serve. Street food vendors lend themselves to hot food, and it needs to be something youâ€™re really good at. It also needs to be something different. No oneâ€™s going to book you for a festival if youâ€™re selling the same burgers as the next van.
Once youâ€™ve decided what youâ€™re serving, youâ€™ll need to form a company; either a sole trader or a limited company. Then youâ€™ll need to register with your local authority as a food business. Environmental Health will then give you a Food Hygiene Rating. You should also have public liability insurance, and if youâ€™re using gas, a gas safe certificate or if youâ€™re using electricity, then youâ€™ll need a PAT Test certificate. Festivals might also ask for Risk Assessment, Method Statement and more.
Then youâ€™ll need the equipment and supplies!
What Sort of a Set Up is Best?
Itâ€™s entirely up to you which set up might be best for you, your financial situation and the type of food youâ€™re serving. A gazebo is the cheapest option, requires no insurance and wonâ€™t breakdown on the way there (though your actual transport might!). However, it is much harder to make it stand out as an awesome place to buy burritos when itâ€™s just a plain white marquee.
A food van is compact and easy. Simply roll up and open up and youâ€™re ready to go. Food vans are easily customisable and also great advertising for when youâ€™re travelling. However, there is the fact that they are liable to break down, as well as the fact that the cab will take up space on your pitch.
A trailer has the best of both worlds. Easily customisable but without the hassle or stress that breaking down might bring, a trailer still doesnâ€™t have quite the same iconic status that a van has.
When it comes to kitchen supplies, there are a variety of different companies like Fridgeland who stock professional equipment.
Now the only thing you need to do is get some festival bookings!