With the better weather arriving in the UK, this means that there are going to be plenty of opportunities for running outdoor food events. The sun will be out with rising temperatures and guests love to try new food and beverages in a lovely outdoor setting.
Prepare and Make Lists
If you are new to running outdoor food events, preparation is going to be key to your success. In particular, you are going to want to make lists of all the equipment you will need. While it can seem like a rookie mistake, forgetting equipment happens a lot. Thus, if you make lists in advance of everything you are going to need, this is not going to happen to you. For example, if you need extension cords, plates, recycling bins or tables and chairs, write them all down. Most people think that they are obvious and that they will remember to transport them. But, planning a large outdoor food event can be stressful. It is easy for the simple things to skip your mind.
Plan Food Storage
It is not going to be a successful outdoor food event without tasty dishes and refreshing beverages! Therefore, you need to think about appropriate storage that is going to keep your dishes cool and fresh during the day. Since you are outdoors, there might not be aware nearby that is suitable for storing food. But, that is where refrigerator trailers come in.
Fridge trailers are a type of portable refrigeration units that are affordable to hire and perfect for a day event. You can enjoy having a large fridge on site, with the ability to store a lot of food and beverages inside. A lot of people think about hiring a refrigerated van for an outdoor event. But, these are a lot more expensive. You have to think about fuel and having insurance, as well as additional drivers. But, with fridge trailers, a reputable company will deliver it to your location and you can simply think about your event. All of your food problems are solved!
Offer Comfortable Amenities
Running an outdoor food event is more than just offering delicious dishes and refreshing beverages. It is also about creating a fun and memorable experience for everyone. In other words, you are going to have to think about offering comfortable amenities for your customers. This is going to encourage them to stay longer and spend more money.
When we talk about offering comfortable amenities, we mean suitable seating, as well as tables. This gives customers a place to relax and enjoy the food and atmosphere. In addition, you are going to want to provide portable toilets and sanitation facilities. Beside these major amenities, simple things such as lighting are going to be beneficial for the evenings, as well as providing entertainment. It is all going to help make your outdoor food event a success.
Check the Weather
Spring and summer in the UK are great times for outdoor food events. There are more daylight hours and it is generally bright with warm temperatures. However, we do have to bear in mind that UK weather can be unpredictable even during the best months of the year. One minute it can be sunny and the next it can be pouring down with rain.
Of course, the weather is a huge factor for any outdoor food event. It is always going to be important to check what the conditions are going to be in advance. This is going to ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality. For example, if there is rain forecasted, you can set up tents and your staff can wear rain gear. Alternatively, if there are adverse weather conditions, it will pay to have a contingency plan. This will make sure that your event does not have to be canceled.
You want to create an experience for customers and this can mean providing entertainment. People are looking for more than just good food. They want to have a great day out with friends and family. This does not have to be something that blows your whole budget. Instead, there is a lot of fun and affordable entertainment. For example, local acts can provide entertainment, including singers. You can get the community involved and this is something that customers like with an event. Planning your entertainment in advance is going to ensure that there is no disappointment on the day. It never hurts to have a backup act either.