Festival, parties and pop-ups are perfect venues for showcasing your restaurant’s menu offerings. Heavy visitor traffic translates into increased exposure for your business – and a chance to convert a slew of passers-by into patrons and maybe even loyal diners at your restaurant. You’ll also have a chance to network with other restaurant owners and chefs, so you’ll be able to widen your network for potential future collaborations.
Festivals are usually outdoors, so plan a menu that isn’t too heavy and that can give on-the-go revellers energy and refreshment. People usually party in groups, so offer dishes in shareable sizes.
Here are a few suggestions.
The salted egg chips trend started in Singapore and has picked up speed in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. The chips feature a flavour that’s bold – and addictive.
Create your own by using homegrown or locally-sourced potatoes and baking them in your restaurant. Then, use Knorr Golden Salted Egg Powder, made from real egg yolks, for an authentic taste. The salted egg yolk flavor should be complemented by the right amount of salt to make sure it hits the taste buds without being too salty. Always cook them in big batches because people will come back for more throughout the day.
Other salted egg snacks that would also be interesting to serve during festivals are those with chicken and seafood ingredients, e.g. Salted Egg Chicken Lollipop, Salted Egg Crab, Salted Egg Fish Skin, Salted Egg Chicken Burger, and more.
Finger food is also popular at festivals, as revellers roam about and spaces to sit might be few and far between. Make it easier for people to eat on the go with portable treats like mozzarella sticks, onion rings or nacho chips and a variety of dips, i.e. ranch dressing, guacamole, and marinara sauce.
Give hungry revellers some light meals that can quickly strike at the source of their hunger. You can’t go wrong with skewered vegetable and meats marinated in barbecue sauce and then grilled. Sandwiches, sliders, corn dogs, and salads are also quick to assemble. Plus, you can offer the traditional versions, i.e. ham and cheese, or come up with new combinations that can leave an excellent first impression.
There are so many possible snacks to serve at festivals that you won’t need to worry about coming up with a menu. You can offer these dishes and make them your own so that people can remember your restaurant as one that gave them great food.