The main reason that traders go for a Gazebo is cost.
A brand new durable aluminium gazebo with sufficient fire proofing can cost as little as £500 to buy, making it the most cost effective way of setting up a mobile food business. These days a gazebo company is likely to be able to print bespoke designs onto the roof and sides, which will help the trader to stand out and brand their unit.
A good looking gazebo often looks better than an old trailer and costs a lot less; it can be 20 times cheaper than a good looking motorised unit or trailer –but you do have to add your own equipment and safety measures.
Many Gazebo traders swear by the advantages of being at eye level with the customer and the food being in clear view. This makes it easier for the customer to see the food being cooked, which can be a real bonus, especially if there is a degree of theatre involved in the cooking process.
From Paella to Hog Roasts, the customers like to see what they’re getting and this can help you to sell your stock. It’s worth noting that you can’t hide anything either, so poor food hygiene or a lack of hand washing facilities will be exposed and in full public view. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have the right equipment and can deal with the food hygienically and professionally.
Driving licences & costs:
A fully laden trailer over 3.5 tonnes (with the towing vehicle included) will require an enhanced driving licence, most people are able to drive the eponymous ‘white van’ without the need for extra licencing.
It’s a lot easier and cheaper to store a gazebo, fold down tables and basic equipment than a trailer or a catering van. People are far less likely to run off with your gazebo compared to a trailer or food truck!
Furthermore, if your trailer breaks down on the way to a market or event, the chances are you won’t be able to trade or will have to get it towed onto and off site – this can be a nightmare if you’re working at events up and down the country. With a gazebo, if your van breaks down you can always unload it and get another van to site. Alternatively, if you hire vans for specific events and they break down, the hire company should send a replacement.