Be it a food & drinks festival or a mini local Oktoberfest, food festivals can pull in massive crowds to your venue. Given an opportunity, food lovers won’t mind wandering places to please their palates. However, to achieve accolades and appreciation for organizing the best food festival, you’ll need to understand how to delight your attendees with impeccable dining and event experiences.
Here are our top tips to streamline your food fest’s event management
1. Make It Inclusive
When your food fest offers something for every foodie, the chances of your event becoming successful is even higher. Offer health-conscious attendees sugar-free desserts and healthy gluten-free beers. This way your food festival stands out while taking care of everyone’s needs. In case you’re going in for a bit of event exclusivity, leverage our Invite-Only Codes feature to keep the freeloaders away.
2. Live Musical Acts
Who doesn’t love live music and entertainment acts? Especially if it’s combined with a delectable food fest, you can drive people of all ages to your event. With our Inventory Management feature, you can reserve one section for the kids, so they can play games, jump in bouncy castles or simply watch a talented juggler show off his juggling skills.
3. Offer Them a Variety
Your event attendees and guest may get bored if you offer the same taste and if there’s just one type of food. Offer them a variety, in terms of different cuisines, and multiple food stalls and incorporate it with crafted beers. From Mexican food fests, Masterchef, BBQ & Beer fests, to Healthy Bites, you can find a variety of ideas on our blog – 10 Food & Drink Festival Ideas & Themes To Get Inspired By.
4. Communicate & Engage Actively
Active communication bridges the gaps between you and your attendees. Don’t just send emails to your attendees a week before the event. Build and maintain a healthy rapport with them by answering queries and replying to their messages on social media.
Engage with your attendees using Facebook and Instagram months before the event. If you have popular chefs coming over to your event, you can utilize them for influencer marketing. Send out teasers followed by the event invite for your food fest. Believe us, your loyal fans can get you more attendees as compared to any other promotion channels only through word of mouth.
5. Offer A Seamless Ticketing Experience
With a high volume of attendees flocking to your food fests, event ticketing can be a bit tricky and time-consuming if you’re not up for it. At Yapsody, no matter what’s the size of your attendees, we offer a seamless experience through quick validation and real-time reporting (Yapsody Apps).
By Signing Up with Yapsody, you can display all your food festivals on your branded Online Ticket Store, so your attendees can choose the best dates and tickets for the food fest of their choice with ease
6. Conduct Pre & Post-Event Surveys
Most event presenters prefer taking a survey post the event to find out how they can make their upcoming events better. We recommend you find out what your attendees are looking for in a food fest. You can use social media to conduct polls or use our survey feature to understand which cuisine they prefer and if there are any special dietary requirements.
The best time to send out a survey is while they are booking their tickets. When you give them what they’ve been looking for, you set yourself apart from others by considering your attendee’s views.
7. Pick A Unique Theme
Attendees seek unique experiences at food festivals. Hosting a desserts and drinks fest, a chef’s palate, or a pro diet food and drinks festival, you can offer your attendees a unique experience. Combine it with a seamless ticketing experience and you’ll be ranked for the greatest food festival of the year.
Why Not Host A Taste Test Event to promote gastronomy tours for a unique, quirky, and global food palette?
8. Create Memorable Moments
People take away a lot of memories from a food festival. It could be a food challenge your best friend suggested or eating chilli at one of the food stalls. Give them the option to create more. Set up a photo booth with creative props and let your attendees remember you for the greatest food festival you’ve given them.
9. Offer Giveaways
As a goodwill gesture and your post-event protocols, you can thank your attendees by offering them souvenirs at your food fest. It can be in the form of personalized t-shirts, caps, drinking mugs or keychains with your food fest logo inscribed on them. Every time they use these items, it will take them down a delicious memory lane of stimulating their taste buds at your food fest. You may also get requests from them to make it an annual event if it’s not one.
Events evolve through time. When you implement your attendees’ feedback while organizing your next food fest, you’ll eventually give them the best experience.
Offer great service, good food, and an excellent ticketing experience through our ticketing platform and you’ll have never-ending requests to create more food festivals.