• Steph Ley

6 Things Everyone Wants To Know When Hiring a Food Truck for their Event

Revealed: we share our insider knowledge and reveal the real answers behind the top questions everyone wants to ask when booking a food truck for their event, wedding or party.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Food Truck For a Party or Wedding?

The hire fee for most food trucks starts at around £400-£600. This tends to be the minimum fee food trucks require to serve at an event. However, this is obviously going to go up with increased numbers and more extensive or premium menus.

Per head prices can start from around £7-11 per head for their basic menu package.

There are many factors that may affect the price you are quoted from a catering van. These include the date; a Saturday in the summer for example tends to cost more than a Monday lunchtime in February.

Other factors affecting the price include the type of food chosen (e.g. full-on meaty BBQ vs. mac’n’cheese), the type of food truck (simple burger van vs. bespoke pimped up van) as well as distance to event.

Here are our top tips for keeping the price down when booking a food truck:

  • Keep the required serving period to a minimum – you may like the idea of allowing your guests to graze from noon to dusk but this is likely to come with extra fees.

  • Choose a local caterer – this keeps the travel costs for their team nice and low and supporting local is great for so many other reasons!

  • Pick a simple menu – 2 or 3 menu options should be sufficient to cover all bases whilst keeping things simple with lower potential food wastage and therefore lower prices.

  • Give your caterer your desired budget and ask for a suggested menu to fit – they will use their experience and knowledge to offer you a menu that doesn’t blow your budget.

  • Consider increasing the number of portions – as many caterers have certain ‘fixed’ costs for each event such as travel, set-up, staff, power etc, often the per head price goes down quite considerably when the numbers go up, something to bear in mind!

For large groups, here at ChilliDogs, we can offer menu packages from just £7+vat pp, get in touch for a free menu and quote today (no pressure at all to proceed).

How Long Do Street Food Vans Serve Food For At Events & Weddings?

The length of service period for food trucks largely varies based on the type of food being served. For example, pizzas which have to be cooked individually to order can take longer to serve a group than something like noodles which are ready to go.

Most food trucks would allow around 2 hours to serve 100 people. This would give plenty of time for guests to come up to the van at their leisure to order and collect their food.

If you wanted the food to be available for an extended period of time, this is often an option. However, you are likely to be charged a little more for this to cover the increased staff time etc.

As a general rule of thumb, here at