Food trucks have become extremely popular among those planning events. Although the likeliest demographic to book a food truck for an event is still people between the ages of 18 and 34, this is closely followed by people between the ages of 35 and 44.
Regardless of your age, you’ll want to go into this process feeling confident and informed. Here are just nine things you need to know about having a food truck at your event.
1. You Aren’t Limited By Food
In the past, people associated food trucks with quick, easy food. And while that is still the case for many food trucks, others now serve higher-end, more complex foods, as well as foods that you may not easily find in restaurants. You can even get ice cream, gelato, and other frozen treats on a food truck! The possibilities really are limitless.
2. You Need to Know Your Numbers
Be careful and attentive regarding the number of people expected at your event. While different food trucks can serve different numbers of people, typically one food truck can serve 60 to 100 people per hour. To keep the line moving, keep the guest list relatively limited.
3. Get Your Permits in Order
You need to be careful about obtaining the proper permits before booking a food truck. You should also consider buying insurance that will protect you in the case of an unexpected incident. However, the food truck you work with should have their licensing and permitting in order.
4. Peruse Your Contract Carefully
Food truck owners will typically have you sign a contract when you book the trucks. Don’t brush your contracts aside. Make sure that you read them in full before making a final decision. If there’s anything you’re unclear about, be sure to ask or consult with a lawyer to make sure everyone is protected.
5. Set Aside Space
You’ll need to understand the dimensions of your food truck, the kind of space it will need, and where it will best fit in your venue. If you’re booking a venue separately, discuss this with the owner. Make sure that the truck and your guests can feasibly fit in the area and that it’s accessible to the truck beforehand.
6. Time Your Truck
The beauty of food trucks is that you grab your food when you want… as long as the truck is booked for the right amount of time. Consider how long you’ll need the truck and err on the side of caution. Don’t let people get too hungry or keep the truck around for longer than necessary.
7. Know What You’re Getting
Some food trucks offer clean up services as well as the food and beverages. Discuss these options, if they exist, with the owner well ahead of time. Know exactly what’s included so there are no unwelcome surprises the day of your event.
8. Keep The Line Moving
Food trucks can control the lines themselves, but your guests still need to stay organized. Make sure that you have a strategy for keeping your event in order. If necessary, hire extra security or get some volunteers to help out.
9. Budget Accordingly
Don’t try to haggle here. You’re booking a truck rather than a caterer. Discuss pricing with several trucks and plan ahead. This is often a highly affordable option, so remember all you’ll be saving!
With these nine tips, you’ll be well-versed in event planning for a food truck-catered event. For more information on how we can take your next event to the next level, please contact us today.