I know a lot of you are debating attending Festivals so I wanted to give everyone my experience. I live in a small town, probably about 8,000 people total. The held their 27th annual Strawberry Festival so I decided to give it a try since the 2 day even was relatively cheap for a 10X10 area. Here is a list of items that I brought, the amount and how much sold:
Strawberry Shaped White Cake Pops - 47 - Sold out
Chocolate Cake Pops - 72 - 47 left
**I never have luck selling white cake pops so I made them strawberry shaped and they sold
like crazy! Wish I had more! Chocolate was always a best seller and I hardly sold them**
Chocolate Chip Cookies (individuals) - 40 - sold out
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - 34 - 11 left
Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops - 36 - sold out!
**People were fascinated by these!!! Should have had more!
6 packs of Sugar Cookies - 8 - sold out
6 Pack Cupcakes - 6 - sold 2, then for Saturday I put them individually and only had 5 cupcakes left.
Rocky Road Rice Krispie Treats - 27 - sold 16 left
Snickers Rice Krispie Treats - 28 - 11 left
Chocolate Brownies - 12 - sold out
Strawberry Brownies - 20 - 4 left
Chocolate Whoopie Pies - 23 - sold out (should have had more! People loved these)
Strawberry Whoopie Pies - 29 - 1 left
Lemon Whoopie Pies - 7 - 1 left
Chocolate Covered Strawberries - 7 - 5 sold
Due to the even, I was obviously basing everything on a Strawberry theme. We had everything prepackaged and indivually wrapped. Came back with one order and tons of questions about birthdays, weddings and showers. I am a home based, inspected bakery and people were begging me for a store front because our town does not have a bakery. Not in the business plan right now or budget. A lot to consider with such a small town. However, this festival completely took me by surprise! The only advertising I do is through my website and facebook page. I did this to stay home with my kids. We came out ahead and will attend next year for sure. OH! The weather! It rained both days but people still came! This amazed me!
I hope this helps some of you when you are thinking about attending festivals. Next year will be all Strawberry Shaped Cake pops, Whoopie Pies, Cookies, Push Pops, Cupcakes, and chocolate covered pretzels, oreos and nutterbutter cookies. People were looking for a sweet treat after they ate. Individual was the way to go!
Here is a picture of my tent. People LOVE the pink tent because no one else has one. Very noticable! Takes a while when you are sitting in it to get used to the color but well worth it. Plus it came with the four sides, 2 with windows.