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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 1:59 am    Post subject: Help with getting admitted into fairs Reply with quote

We have been trying to get admitted into fairs and seem to run into the same problem over and over - we already have someone who does barbeque. Does anyone have any ideas or tips to help us out?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several folks are here on the ring that do comercial & festival type barbecue vending. If that is what you are referring to?

Most events charge a lease/rent to all vendors; aside from any local health department regulations for food service that should be the key items.

If you are referring to trade show type fairs, most of those are organized by associations and membership can be a requirement for participation.

Let us know if I am going in the right direction with my suggestions.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bcb,
What state are you in, and which states to you want to be a vendor in Question

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tell them that you do ethnic BBQ. Most festivals are always looking for someone doing ethnic food.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of those type events (for me) are not worth getting involved in. If you do, some points to consider are:

How much, and what types of other foods will be there?

How will weather affect my sales?

How well is the event advertised, and is this a "first annual" or established event?

Where will I be located in relation to the entertainment and beer wagon?

How much is the entry fee?

What do I do if I have a ton of leftovers?

My general experience is that the promoters of these festivals are selling "real estate". The more vendors, the more money they make (and you dont). Been at events that were advertised as 4-5 BBQ's. Then paid my $1500.00 bucks and found out that there was 20 smokers, and another dozen or so carnival type wagons selling chicken, ribs, and chopped pork sammies. Should have known better, the promoter is a local lawyer. That being said, get any agreements in writing. There are a few detailed threads here addreessing this, I will have to take a look-see! Very Happy

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2412
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15 07 9:41 pm    Post subject: Thank you for the quick replies Reply with quote

We are located in Massachusetts. We have been looking online punching in state fairs - MA, NH, VT, CT, RI. We get those lists and apply to just about all of them in each state. We are willing to travel to get to these fairs - we just need a few to take us in. Usually we let them know we sell ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and our wraps. One place shot us down so we reapplied offering other things to them (deep-fried corn on the cob, etc), things we thought would be different. We were completely shot down. Your ideas and thoughts give us more to think about!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05 07 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bcb check your pm folder
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05 07 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bcb,

Here is a link to one I did 2 years ago. It draws about 100,000 people over 3 days. The 2007 info is not out yet but it usaully is the first weekend in August. This is held in Binghamton,NY.

http://www.spiediefest.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05 07 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ wrote:
bcb,

Here is a link to one I did 2 years ago. It draws about 100,000 people over 3 days. The 2007 info is not out yet but it usaully is the first weekend in August. This is held in Binghamton,NY.

http://www.spiediefest.com/

You don't happen to have last years vendor list do you?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08 07 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give David a call. He can give you the vendor numbers and types as well as the asscoiated cost for the festival.

Event Coordinator - David Pessagno
Phone : 607-765-6604
Fax: 607-729-2062
E-mail: spiediefest2006@spiediefest.com
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08 07 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ed but thats a bad weekend Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13 07 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ wrote:
bcb,

Here is a link to one I did 2 years ago. It draws about 100,000 people over 3 days. The 2007 info is not out yet but it usaully is the first weekend in August. This is held in Binghamton,NY.

http://www.spiediefest.com/

Hi Ed. are you planing to go to the Spiediefest this summer?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13 07 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so he had a BBQ guy and you wanted to sell BBQ? hmm maybe sell something else... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13 07 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Curt,

No Spiedie Fest this year, the price went up and If I had one bad day I would be scrambling to break even.

I will sit in my backyard with a beer or two and watch the balloons go by.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13 07 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ wrote:
Hi Curt,

No Spiedie Fest this year, the price went up and If I had one bad day I would be scrambling to break even.

I will sit in my backyard with a beer or two and watch the balloons go by.

We try and get some bikes together and head to southern tier H.D.
then to the fest.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14 07 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

milt wrote:
Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ wrote:
Hi Curt,

No Spiedie Fest this year, the price went up and If I had one bad day I would be scrambling to break even.

I will sit in my backyard with a beer or two and watch the balloons go by.

We try and get some bikes together and head to southern tier H.D.
then to the fest.


I have found that visiting festivals for fun is much better (and sometimes cheaper!) than workin' em! Shocked Very Happy
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BBQMAN wrote:
milt wrote:
Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ wrote:
Hi Curt,

No Spiedie Fest this year, the price went up and If I had one bad day I would be scrambling to break even.

I will sit in my backyard with a beer or two and watch the balloons go by.

We try and get some bikes together and head to southern tier H.D.
then to the fest.


I have found that visiting festivals for fun is much better (and sometimes cheaper!) than workin' em! Shocked Very Happy

I hear you; about four years ago we hooked up with about 200 bikes and
went to the fest together, that was a sight, they parked us in the field
where the balloons take off from, we all had a great time. Very Happy
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