Can I Use a Vintage Van for Mobile Catering?


I am currently in the planning stages of setting up a mobile catering business to hopefully work the festivals and similar events next year.

My thoughts are that a lot of these events already have catering firms from previous years, and to get a pitch might be quite hard?

They all seem to want something new that they haven't already got. For this reason I am toying with the idea of perhaps restoring and converting a vintage trailer/van or similar.

Would you see any obvious problems that I may be up against considering safety etc?

Also where would I find an in depth calender list of all these events?

Thanks in advance


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Vintage Tea Van
by: Couple of Mugs

We have seen a huge rise in Vintage catering vehicles over the last year.

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by: OliveOlga

Hi there. I'm seeing a growing trend for street markets and quirky market stalls and have many clients who want to start a catering business or food business that are succeeding at these markets. Have a look at these guys, they might be able to help

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Vintage Mobile Catering Van, Trailer or Bus
by: David

Hi MC,

This could be a good approach to standing out from the crowd. Still it would not hurt to perhaps call a few of the event organisers and see if this idea is one that may sway them. If they think it?s not really to your advantage then you may have saved yourself some time and money.

Anyway converting a vintage trailer, van or bus should not be a problem as long as all the equipment/LPG/Electrics is fitted by a qualified professional I don't see any problem.

Search for companies who specialize in catering trailer/van conversions, there are a few around and get them to take on the conversion for you. As a matter of fact take a look at this ; it's probably something similar to what you have in mind.

Get a few quotes, consider the cost and decide if it's going to be worth your while.

Finally, for a list of events around the country try the looking in the events book guide it list events from all around the country but it's going to cost you around £40.

Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.

Very best of luck to you!


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