Think Outside of the Box with New and Unique Types of Concession Foods
We all know the classic and beloved types of concession stand foods out there such as hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, chips, candy, and more. However, the world has much more to offer than just hot dogs and burgers, and customers venturing out are looking for concession stand foods that are new and interesting. Adding some of these items to your menu can be a good option if you want to branch out and start bringing in customers who might otherwise pass by your stand without a second thought.
South of the Border
How about some tasty Mexican food at your concession stand? Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salsa, and enchiladas are wonderful, and they are different from what most other concession stands are serving. Have a variety of hot sauces available as condiments along with some pico de gallo.
Another option some stands are choosing is to create crepes. You can create both sweet and savory options, and easily develop a fun and varied menu. Adding steak, bacon, veggies, cheese, and other items to a crepe can make an interesting alternative to a lunch sandwich. Of course, filling the crepe with fruit and honey makes a delectable dessert!
Fish and Chips
If you have a fryer, fish and chips can be a great concession stand option. You can fry up different types of fish and offer potato fries along with them. Sweet potato fries are also popular, and they can work well in conjunction with traditonal fries. Having a variety of different types of condiments available can also help to ramp up your offerings. While vinegar is the traditional choice for fish and chips, some prefer tartar sauce or ketchup, so having a wide variety to suit everyone’s tastes will help boost sales..
You can look for some healthy alternatives to serve at your concession stand to help it stand out from the crowd. Vegetarian options, such as veggie burgers – cooked on a separate grill from the meat grill – might appeal to vegans in the crowd. You can also offer salads, veggie sticks, and fresh fruit.
Make Your Own Baked Potato
Baked potatoes are an unconventional concession stand food, but they can turn into a profitable offering. You can charge a single price for each potato, and then charge extra for different types of toppings. Some of the toppings you can offer includes bacon bits, chives, butter, sour cream, and cheese. Feel free to get creative with different sorts of toppings. This type of food can be a great option for cold weather events and doesn't require expensive equipment - a countertop convection oven is all you need.
Another great option for cold weather events is soup. It is highly flexible and well loved by all. You can prepare several large kettles of different types of soup to last you throughout the day. If you serve soup, make sure you have quality soup containers that will be easy for your customers to hold and eat from without getting burned. Some favorite soup ideas include chicken, clam chowder, cream of mushroom, and butternut squash. You have so many different options with soup, and you can change your soup options daily if need be. You can take into consideration the type of crowd that will be attending the event you are working at, and choose the soup most likely to be a winner.
These are just some of the great ideas you can consider when thinking outside of the box. Keep in mind that these different ideas may require different types of equipment, and you may not be ready to fully change your entire menu. However, if you already have a stand, it might be wise to consider adding one or two unique items at a time to see how well they sell.