Mobile Catering Hotspots for Festivals, Events and Tourist Areas This Summer
Thankfully, summer is now on the horizon so if you haven’t already, now is the time to start planning where those high footfall/customer areas are going to be. Here are some of the places that could be a mobile catering goldmine this summer:
V Festival – Whilst the bigger festivals are harder to get a pitch on, they are thriving with campers looking for something quick and easy to eat. You normally need to apply for a pitch well in advance but it can be very lucrative at both the Staffordshire and Essex festivals with as many 250,000 hungry revellers turning up over the weekend. With a wide range of entertainment from comedy tents to dance tents, family friendly camping and great organisation/security staffing it is one of the best festivals to set up at. There is quite a variation of demographics as well, meaning that a lot of different types of food will sell.
Manchester Football Derby – The football crowds are usually good pitches but the higher the football stadium capacity, the better. The Manchester Derby in April promises to be a sell-out crowd of around 55,000 and with it being the top football day out for fans of the Manchester teams, you can guarantee high demand for fast food both before the match and afterwards. Other big sports events will be similar.
Brighton Pride – The seaside resort attracts a huge number of visitors each summer as one of the warmest beach resorts in the UK. In 2017, an estimated 300,000 people attended the Pride event for a weekend of partying. With most of the activities happening in one area, getting a pitch nearby could be ideal.
Edinburgh Festival – The August festival lasts for 3 weeks and attracts people from all over the world. From comedy to music, there is plenty of demand for food stalls at the Scottish capital’s annual event. Much of the activity takes place in and around the busy shopping and bar area of Edinburgh, so there is no shortage of footfall around Edinburgh in August.
Glasgow European Championships – This year’s European Championships come to Glasgow, bringing with it sports fans from all across Europe. As well as all of the actual events venues, there will be loads of activity going on in and around Glasgow, such as the Merchant City Festival.
Glastonbury – With a capacity of 120,000 it is the biggest UK music festival and a great place to get a pitch for mobile caterers. However, you will need to apply well in advance to get a place here, so it might be more of a consideration for the future than something for this year. Attracting huge headline acts, the festival has been the ultimate music festival for years and will be for a very long time to come.
When you are choosing the event/festival to go for, you need to think about more than just the numbers of people. You need to think about the food you specialise in and whether it will appeal to enough people attending that event. You should find out more about typical demographics of attendees/visitors to help you to decide.