Food truck catering is a great way to introduce street food to a casual event

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Food Truck Catering: A Guide for Event Managers

Street food or traditional fare? Unless you’re solely planning presidential inauguration ceremonies, you’ll see modern clients breaking away from boring, formal dinners. Even if the point of the event is to observe the union of a happy couple, the most memorable part of a good event often lies in the catering. If the food was bad, the rest of the event will suffer, too.

Nowadays, there are more catering options than ever. Your clients may not want to pay for the overpriced steak by the venue’s in-house caterer. Completely fair! But what happens if they suggest a food truck and you’ve never dealt with one before? Hiring food trucks has only become widespread recently. You may not have encountered this catering option in your event and wedding planning courses.

But you, as the event manager, need to know if it’s the best option for their shindig. Don’t know enough yet to call yourself an expert? Worry not! Here’s everything you need to know food trucks!

Casual street food:

Consult with street food vendors for your next professionally planned event
So what IS all the fuss regarding food trucks? You’ve probably eaten your fair share of hot dogs and gyros over the years. But you’ve probably only enjoyed them on the side of the street or at a pop-up street fest. The key word being “street” as they are street food after all!

While some food trucks are stand-alone operations, many restaurants are launching their own mobile fleet of trucks for events. Technically, food trucks are a type of catering! It’s just a much more relaxed, informal way to dine. And, with the shared communal seating and fairy lights common at food truck rallies, they also impart a dreamy atmosphere. We enjoy a good seared steak dinner from time to time, but not every occasion begs for it. If your clients want cheap, tasty food in a casual environment, this is a wonderful option!

Events where food trucks are popular include:

As we mentioned, food trucks are gaining traction in certain sects of the event planning industry. Not all events need to be plated, sit-down affairs. And some, depending on the goals of the event, really shouldn’t be! If the goal is to provide a social atmosphere where people can freely move about, food trucks are the way to go! People can simply order what they’d like, and find a seat in a communal dining area.

Food truck catering is popular in the following types of events:

Why choose food trucks?

Why are food trucks becoming more popular in the events industry

If the appeal rests solely on them being smaller in portions, some traditional catering options already fit those needs. Why choose street food over traditional canapés or hors-d’oeuvres? Let’s count the reasons!

Food truck challenges and considerations:

major considerations when hiring food truck caterers
You may think that it would be easier to go with a food truck than to try to hire a traditional caterer to work your event. You’re partially right. Some things are much easier. But food trucks come with their own challenges.

Permits:

This is huge. Find out if the event is on public or private property. Some regions only allow food trucks on private property. And if you’re planning a street festival, you’ll definitely need a permit since you’re serving food on public property. The food trucks themselves are responsible for their own licenses, permits, and insurances regarding their mobile business. But you may also need to inquire about parking with the venue manager. Food trucks take up a surprisingly large amount of space, and some venues don’t want them potentially blocking their entrances.

Power

Electricity requirements to power the truck may also need consideration. Although most trucks run on propane-fueled generators, some may want the convenience of electricity. If they do inquire about this option, consult with the venue prior to the big day. Some venues charge extra for electricity output!

Is there anything else we missed? Let us know!

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