At this one day event I sold Lemonade, Corn Dog and Tornado Potato.
Lemonade – $3 for small and $5 for large
Corn Dog – $4
Tornado Potato – $5
Total sales – $2,600
Broken down by Percentage:
Lemonade – 25% , Corndog – 25% , Tornado Potato – 50%
Because I had to use a trailer and the spot they have given me was hard to maneuver in, I had to arrive earlier than other vendors. It was a good call to arrive early because as soon as I pulled out after unloading, everyone started showing up to set up.
I expected my Lemonade to sell out just as it has last year. But it wasn’t meant to be. Factors that I think attribute to my decline in sales of Lemonade this year.
Temperature – Last year temperature was in the 90s. This year temperature is in mid 70s.
There were also 2 new drink vendors that came in. If your selling drinks, every drink vendors the event organizer lets in lowers down your sales.
I didn’t count on selling out of tornado potato, so that was very surprising. Next year I will be sure to add a 2nd fryer so the lines aren’t too long and I need to double the quantity of potatoes also.
I did get a new commercial corn dog deep fryer for this event. Let me tell its like night and day compared to manually using my old fryer to fry corn dog. Because the commercial fryer is electric I didn’t have to babysit the oil temperature all day. What a time saver. The corn dog came out perfect every time.
With the old fryer, I had to continuously turn on and off the propane fryer so it doesn’t over heat. My corn dog using the old fryer were never consistent due to not being able to keep the temperature consistent. Also because it was not deep enough, some would come out a little burnt due to it touching the bottom of the fryer. So glad I made the upgrade to the electric one.
The only downside I see with the new electric corn dog fryer is the warm up time. It takes nearly an hour to warm up to frying temperature. I did not know this since it was my first time using it. We had to turn away a lot of customers who wanted corn dogs because it was not ready to fry.
So I’m not sure what I need to do at future events that are only 4 hours long. I will probably need to setup the corn dog fryer first thing and warm it up before setting anything else up.