I’m 25 and I am a regular festival goer. When at festivals I love all the interesting and different types of caterers, from the little tents with straw matting on the floor, where you sit on cushions drinking green tea, to the outlets selling various international cuisines.
For a few years I have been planning to set up/buy a coffee shop and am very passionate about good coffee, teas, and food. But I am now contemplating that festival catering may be a better way to express this passion since it’s a much lower set-up cost than a coffee shop and you are not tied down to a lease for x years.
My question is, is it possible for an independent caterer to get to trade at big music festivals (Glastonbury, v, Isle of Wight, Lattitude)? Do these festivals employ big catering organisations to run the ship such as www.caterfest.co.uk or does it tend to be all individual businesses?
Do festival organisers get a whole influx of caterers wanting to trade at their event? What’s the chance of being a selected one? Is the market already full?
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