In addition to being filled with the hundreds or even thousands of people that come through the gates each day, festivals are also filled with hundreds of vendors that sell anything from food to clothes and jewelry, and are always looking to capitalize on the latest trends and local tastes to draw customers to their booths.
The things that draw the most people to festival booths tend to be things that are unique to festivals and things that they likely could not get anywhere else. This category can range anywhere from food to clothes and piercings, but it has to be unique to work. For example, a stand selling fried Oreos or fried Twinkies can capitalize on a popular festival novelty and draw a lot of people, as will a booth that is providing body painting for festival-goers. These ideas are ones that will attract many people looking for something they cannot find anywhere else.
Food is another idea for what to serve up in your vending booth at a festival. At festivals, it is tiring to walk around all day in the sun, and it usually makes many festival-goers hungry for the kind of food they come to festivals to enjoy. Pizza, chicken fingers, popcorn, funnel cakes, cheesesteaks and hot dogs are all possible food vending ideas, and ideas that are sure to bring in the hungry customers.
Opening up a vending booth for specialty items is another idea for what to sell at a festival. If you own a business, opening up a booth selling a small sample selection of what your business offers is a good way to get exposure and to expand your brand to a large festival audience. Also, a hobby or specialty craft is a good way to get yourself noticed and make some sales. For example, if you are an amateur artist, you can open a booth selling your paintings, and if you make crafts such as baskets or homemade jewelry, opening up a vending booth at a festival can create a customer base for your products.
Festival merchandise is a common type of vending booth for festivals. Festival-branded T-shirts, hats and other various types of merchandise are often available at several booths and tents throughout the festival grounds, for people to pick up souvenirs and mementos for friends and family. Also, you can open a booth selling merchandise related to the theme of the festival. For example, if you are opening up a vending booth at a sports festival, selling hats, jerseys and sports memorabilia would draw a lot of customers.