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dlcampan

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  • Location: Lake Worth, FL
Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 10:48 AM (permalink)
Hi all,

Do any of you attend festivals/events and sell BBQ?
I'm doing my first event down here in FL on Saturday for
FL DARE poker run.
I will be roasting a pig in a china box. Will be serving coleslaw, baked beans and roasted corn.

I'm charging 15 bucks a plate and was wondering if that was too high, etc.

Also looking for other vendors that do festivals. Just lost my job so this will be my sole source of income. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Donna
 
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    chewingthefat

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    • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
    RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 12:46 PM (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by dlcampan

    Hi all,

    Do any of you attend festivals/events and sell BBQ?
    I'm doing my first event down here in FL on Saturday for
    FL DARE poker run.
    I will be roasting a pig in a china box. Will be serving coleslaw, baked beans and roasted corn.

    I'm charging 15 bucks a plate and was wondering if that was too high, etc.

    Also looking for other vendors that do festivals. Just lost my job so this will be my sole source of income. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Donna


    You'd be far better off doing pork butts as the meat yield is around 95%, less the bone, 1/2 lb platter with 2 sides at an event like that, $15.00 is very pricy. $12.99 might work IMHO!
     
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      RibDog

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      • Location: St. Petersburg, FL
      RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 1:30 PM (permalink)
      Do you mean 95% of the cooked weight? If yes, I agree with you on that. But not of the precooked weight. That usually runs in the 50-60% range.

      Just checking.

      John
       
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        dlcampan

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        • Location: Lake Worth, FL
        RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 3:46 PM (permalink)
        Already committed to the pig...also doing live crawfish boil to include 1 lb/ crawfish with 2 ears of corn and 2 potatoes for the same price.

        The head count is 200, so far. If they yip at 15 bucks, I'll drop my price I suppose.

        Thanks for your reply.
         
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          chewingthefat

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          RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 6:17 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by RibDog

          Do you mean 95% of the cooked weight? If yes, I agree with you on that. But not of the precooked weight. That usually runs in the 50-60% range.

          Just checking.

          John

          Cooked weight, still more eating from the butt than the whole hog. a good sized hogs head weighs 20 lbs pre cooked, very little yield there, skin another huge waste, feet,legs, etc all dead money at an event like that.
           
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            chewingthefat

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            RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 6:21 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by dlcampan

            Already committed to the pig...also doing live crawfish boil to include 1 lb/ crawfish with 2 ears of corn and 2 potatoes for the same price.

            The head count is 200, so far. If they yip at 15 bucks, I'll drop my price I suppose.

            Thanks for your reply.


            Crawfish plate will feed 1 1/2, so 2 plates, $30.00, feeds 3, not as steep as $15.00 for 1 pork plate
             
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              drbbq

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              • Joined: 7/7/2005
              • Location: Lakeland, FL
              RE: Event BBQ Tue, 05/13/08 7:29 PM (permalink)
              I think that's way too high unless it's in downtown Naples. I don't think I'd do three sides either.
              I'd skip the corn or the beans, add a bun and charge 9 or 10 bucks.
               
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                dlcampan

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                • Location: Lake Worth, FL
                RE: Event BBQ Wed, 05/14/08 2:48 PM (permalink)
                Does anyone have advice on finding events?
                 
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                  bbqbeets

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                  • Joined: 4/2/2008
                  • Location: rogersville, TN
                  RE: Event BBQ Wed, 05/14/08 4:46 PM (permalink)
                  As for finding events look in regional magazines.(Southern Living , Blue Ridge magazine , Coastal Living to name a few) Events usually advertise in the back , or they have a special section listing them. When you find one that you might like, call the local chamber of commerce , they can give you the particulars (crowd size , cost ,what has sold well in the past , and local health regulations). We do several every year , they can be very profitable!
                   
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                    dlcampan

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                    • Location: Lake Worth, FL
                    RE: Event BBQ Wed, 05/14/08 4:50 PM (permalink)
                    any websites?
                     
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                      motoeric

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                      • Location: Huntington, NY
                      RE: Event BBQ Fri, 05/23/08 5:40 PM (permalink)
                      www.kcbs.us

                      Check the event calendar and see what contests are near you. Contact the Event Organizer and see if they are allowing vending.

                      Eric
                       
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                        Foodbme

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                        • Location: Gilbert, AZ
                        RE: Event BBQ Fri, 05/23/08 6:02 PM (permalink)
                        Google, Google, Google. It's all out there on the AlGoreNet. I Googled Florida Festivals and Walla!
                        http://festivalsandevents.com/festival.php?state=FL
                         
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