Almost every industry or consumer group hosts an annual trade show or convention, and larger industries may have several in a 12-month period. Planning a trade show, even a local or regional event, can be overwhelming. But there are ways to make trade show planning easy on you.
Careful planning must go into a trade show. You must decide on the best city for the event, select a meeting facility, ensure that there are plenty of hotel rooms nearby and arrange for any permits required by the city or town.
Then there is the issue of food. What will you serve to the hundreds or thousands of trade show visitors who attend? You should provide a breakfast, lunch and possibly after-hours snacks and beverages at a minimum. You may include a sit-down awards dinner with a guest speaker. And attendees expect adequate snacks, water and coffee to get them through a busy day of booth-hopping.
Trade shows are ideal for networking, and after-hours events are an important aspect. Major exhibitors typically host parties in order to greet clients and look for new business opportunities, and the trade show organizer is usually expected to underwrite at least one social event.
Some venues require you to use their own food service providers. Events held in educational facilities or other public facilities may have less stringent requirements, and if you schedule your trade show in or near a major metropolitan area, there should be a selection of delicious gourmet food trucks to help feed everyone without destroying your on-premise kitchen.
Arrange for several food trucks to serve different offerings to trade show participants. With gourmet food trucks, you can choose from a wide ranging menu featuring meat and seafood dishes, vegetarian and vegan offerings and salads on wheels. You also can schedule a food truck to cater sit-down meals, provide tables, chairs, linens and silverware. And food trucks can easily serve appetizers and beverages at cocktail parties.
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Our food trucks have extensive experience catering trade shows, business meetings, parties, festivals, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, bachelor and bachelorette parties, charity fundraisers and elegant seated dinners. We create elaborate or casual meals and magnificent munchies, all from the freshest ingredients. We are a great value for the money, and we want to be your caterer. Phone us to discuss your trade show or special food service needs.