Food Vending Ideas

Foods for a food booth should be fun, delicious and portable for customers
Foods for a food booth should be fun, delicious and portable for customers (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you want to have a food booth for an upcoming local festival or you're opening a booth at a local mall, there are several options for choosing the right kinds of food to sell to customers. It depends on the type of event your booth will be featured in as well as the target customer base you're focusing on. You want to choose foods that are portable and easy for customers to eat but still delicious and creative.

Seafood Treats

One idea is to sell seafood treats at your booth. Some good seafood items include fried oyster po-boys, mini shrimp and vegetable pies, penne with crawfish and crabmeat and a herbed bechamel sauce, and grilled catfish fillets with a lemon-basil marinade and garlic bread slices. You can also include good condiments for seafood such as cocktail sauce, tartar sauce and hush puppies.

Homemade Cookies and Cake Slices

Another idea is to sell cookies and cake slices at your food booth. You can also center your sale items around a certain theme. For example, you can have a chocolate cookie and cake theme and sell items such as chocolate sandwich cookies with orange cream filling, chocolate pound cake slices with raspberry drizzle, chocolate chunk pecan cookies and chocolate macadamia nut brownies.

Multicultural Foods

Another idea is to sell foods that represent various cultures around the world. For example, you can sell mini Mexican-style custards with a caramel sauce, small bowls of Louisiana-style gumbo, German-influenced bratwurst sausages with sauerkraut, Carribean-style black beans and yellow rice, and British-influenced fish and chips, which is fried fish pieces with fried potato slices.

Vegetarian Treats

Another idea is to have a vegetarian menu at your booth. Some good foods to serve customers include vegetable and rice tacos, lima bean and tomato salad, banana and zucchini bread slices, fried eggplant slices with basil-tomato pesto and roasted vegetable sandwiches.

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