One of the many perks of running this site is that I get to recommend and introduce people to some of the finest food trucks in WNC! Many times a week, I have people contact me to help them find mobile food for their private parties or events. One of the first questions they ask me is, "How many food trucks do I need?" While the answer is not always cut and dry, I refer them to an article written by EricW of FoodTrucksin.com - How Many Food Trucks To Hire? - Useful Tips! You can read the entire article at the link provided, but here are a few key paragraphs:
Number of trucks that should attend an event: Often mobile food vendors will recommend that you have one food truck for every 200-300 attendees, if the event is focused around eating. If it is not primarily an “eating” event, that ratio should be closer to one food truck for every 400-500 attendees. For food trucks to have a successful event they need to average at least 40-60 customer per hour. This number can vary depending on numerous factors, but when deciding on how many food trucks to have at your event, make sure to think not just about the overall number of attendees, but also the number of attendees you expect to actually eat over the course of the event.
Attendance estimates: Mobile food vendors will often begin ordering and preparing for large events days in advance. Food trucks work hard to prep and have the proper amount of food for the number of attendees they expect to feed. As the event date approaches, it’s important for the organizer to communicate to each truck whether the expected number of attendees has gone up or down from the original estimate. Providing these updates a week in advance and 48 hours in advance are the ideal times to do so.