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Bottom Line: you want to start a food booth, food cart, or food concession stand but don't know where to start.

Yes, it is possible to earn thousands of dollars in a matter of days with a food booth. If you've ever been to a special event or busy street corner and seen the lines of hungry people waiting to buy food, then, common sense tells you operating a mobile food business is a viable way to make money.

"I've been studying this business for about a year and thought I knew alot....until I got your book. WELL DONE. I would make it mandatory reading for anyone interested in the food booth business." JC, Atlanta GA


How'd you like to....
be your own boss?

Can you imagine.....
having more free time?

What if you could.....
create your own job security?

Ever wanted to.....
earn a cash income?

Would you like to.....
have the flexibility to work part-time?

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Author Barb Fitzgerald has nearly three decades of experience in the food concession business. She additionally held a position on the Oregon Food Services Advisory Board, and founded Northwest Vendor's Network Association. She is a concessions development, management, and marketing expert and has served as consultant to many concession startups and event organizers.

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"Starting a Concession Business"

Whether your goal is:

A Small Operation...
to supplement your income at small events such as parades, and auctions



A Medium Operation...
earning a moderate income at weekend community festivals



A Large Operation...
earning a substantial income at large fairs



Or, a Food Cart...
selling to steady customers from a permanent location

RV conversion

medium food booth
stick joint

concession trailer
manufactured trailer

food carts
streetside food carts

Food Booth, The Entrepreneur’s Complete Guide to the Food Concession Business, Expanded 2nd Edition, is a step-by-step "how-to" guide to designing, managing, and operating a successful food concession business. Based directly on the author’s three decades of experience, Food Booth is a rare insight into this refreshingly unconventional, yet surprisingly lucrative field of food service. It provides concrete, no-nonsense information about how to start your food concession business from the ground up, how to find and establish a stationary location or develop a schedule of lucrative events, how to manage your business to reach your sales potential quickly, and compound your sales year after year.

"It's been a while since I've been so happy with a purchase. After doing search after search and making phone calls to find out how to go about setting up a food concession booth, I found all of my answers in one place!!! I wish I had found this book years ago. If you have any interest in starting a food concession business, this is where you should start. You will not be disappointed! " S. McGue

Ask Yourself:

  • Have you been laid off?
  • Are you unable to find a job?
  • Are you concerned about the size of your retirement nest egg?
  • Do you need to supplement your fixed income?
  • Do you need extra cash for home repairs, a vacation, a new car, or a down payment on a house?
  • Are you struggling with inadequate income?
  • Do you seek a business the whole family can participate in and enjoy?
  • Do you want to start your own business but are afraid of the financial commitment, or have inadequate time or startup capital?
  • Do you want to start your own business but are concerned about your lack of business experience?
  • Are you a student who needs to make money without interfering with your class schedule?
  • Are you seasonally employed and wish to use your spare time to supplement your income?
  • Are you a free spirit wishing to be responsible for your own income?
  • Do you need an excuse to travel?
    Or, want to earn money while you travel?
  • Do you simply want the tax advantages of being self-employed?
  • Are you an organization looking for an excellent fund raising opportunity?
  • Do you want a business venture as a back-up in case you lose your regular job?
  • Do your debts need to be paid down fast?

These are just some of the reasons the food concession business might be the solution you have been looking for.

Thanks for publishing the book, I think I've already saved a few thousand dollars just by reading it, SERIOUSLY!!!!! George, San Fran CA

"Barb, you've written a terrific book. The availability of this type of resource is long overdue in our business.

Information about the business should be available to all who are interested in throwing their hat into the ring and learning the craft. New entrants keep the business vibrant and ensure that the veterans stay on their toes.

I particularly liked your discussion of support vehicles, as supply concerns are often overlooked by beginners.In addition, your use of many photographs really added to the quality of your book".
Hugh Hood
, Supreme Products Concession Manufacturer


How to Start a Food Concession Business
By Amy Lindgren

When you think of those balmier months (and downright hot in the South), do you conjure up thoughts of barbecue and outdoor cooking? I do and I go one step further -- as a person who enjoys city life, I also think of the street vendors who reappear once the snow gives way a bit....


New Book Helps Unemployed Become Self-Employed with a Food Concession Trailer CORNELIUS, OREGON - April 2011- Twenty six years ago author Barb Fitzgerald--a single parent--was a high school drop-out with a minimum wage job. Today she is a nationally recognized expert in the mobile food business - a unique line of work that is receiving national attention in the media and on cable TV programs, such as “Food Truck Nation.” Now, with the release of the second edition of her book, Food Booth, The Entrepreneur's Complete Guide to the Food Concession Business, Fitzgerald brings to life the refreshingly unconventional business of selling food from a food booth at fairs, festivals and special events......more



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