3 Foods To Sell At A Fall Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Oct 1, 2014 Under Tips

3 Foods to sell at a fall outdoor movie event
A great way to add spice, charm, and a little bit of magic to your fall time outdoor movie event is to complement the season with the concessions that you offer. Autumn is characterized by a delicious and comforting ensemble of traditional treats and beverages, so embrace the cool nights and favorite flavors and incorporate the tastes of the season into your event.

Below is a list of some classic and easy-to-do options that you can add to your concession stand to enhance the movie goers’ experience and embody the harvest season:

Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider

The crisp, starry fall nights need to feel warm and inviting if you are going to have a successful outdoor movie experience. In order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the feature film, you can offer warming drinks at your concession stand. Hot chocolate and apple cider are go-to fall favorites. Easy to make, you can either store the hot beverages in large 5 gallon coffee thermoses, or you can store hot water and then mix up the hot chocolate on-demand with individual packets. For the more ambitious, you might consider incorporating various flavors of hot chocolate into your stand. These days, there are a host of hot chocolate flavors on the market. White chocolate, dark chocolate, mint, and many other options bring pizzazz to a traditional drink. Other hot beverages work well too, such as pumpkin spice lattes and chai tea, but hot chocolate and apple cider are staples of the season, and they are easy to prepare—especially since fall means that apple harvest is in full swing, so apple cider is taking grocery stores by storm!

Sliced Apples with Caramel

Speaking of apples, what would fall be without apples and caramel? In every form, caramel apples are a seasonal delight. You can keep things from getting too messy while at the movies by doling out slices of apple with caramel, rather than handing out whole apples dunked in caramel. So that the caramel stays at the perfect, delectable temperature with the right degree of gooiness, you can store it in a crock pot. To minimize the clean up process, you should put a liner in the crock pot. Different varieties of apples offer different spins on this treat. For a sweeter experience, aim for Red Delicious. If you want a tarter apple, Granny Smith is a good option. Granny Smith pairs exceptionally well with the sweetness of the caramel. Offering chopped peanuts as a topping for the sliced apples with caramel can be a fun way to kick this treat up a notch, but put allergy concerns into consideration when stocking your concession stand.

Kettle Corn

This next idea hearkens to the quaint, homey, heart-warming feel of the country fair: Kettle Corn. Popcorn is a movie favorite because it takes little effort to eat, and it is easy to share with the whole family. Kettle Corn takes the traditional movie popcorn concept and turns it on its side. Same concept, new flavor. Sweet and salty pairs well with being huddled together under a blanket while watching a movie outside. For do-it-yourselfers, here is a link on how to make Kettle Corn in your popcorn machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBbihJccuiQ

Outdoor movie events do not have to be summer exclusive. Fall time means that showings can start a little sooner in the day, that there are fewer insects to contend with, and that heat and humidity will not play a role in how comfortable the attendees are. Make your autumn outdoor movie event an all-around great experience by adapting your concessions to the season. Warm apple cider and hot chocolate, fresh apples smothered in gooey caramel, and kettle corn all make for a perfect under-the-stars viewing experience!

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It’s National Popcorn Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Saturday Jan 19, 2013 Under Company News

It’s National Popcorn Day! Movies and popcorn go hand-in-hand. This is why popcorn is a great way to make money at your outdoor movie event. Here is what to keep in mind so you can make the most of selling popcorn at your outdoor movie concession stand.

National Popcorn Day

Popcorn Machine Placement
Many people already enjoy popcorn with a movie, but smart placement strategies can help you increase popcorn sales even more. First, choose the best location for your popcorn popper. Make sure the event attendees can see and smell the popcorn by placing the machine in the front of the movie viewing area, or to the side of the movie screen. Be sure not to place the popcorn machine behind the audience, since they will be more likely to buy the popcorn if they can see and smell it.

Another great way to increase visibility is to illuminate the popcorn by keeping the machine’s light on. A central location for the machine and proper illumination will make it hard to miss the delicious sight and smell of the popcorn.

Popcorn Popper Appearance
Create a clean and inviting appearance to make the popcorn more appealing. Event attendees will steer clear if the machine is dirty. Be sure to clean the popcorn popper properly after every event to keep it sanitary and increase popcorn sales.

Keep the machine moderately full so that there is an attractive display of popped popcorn. Be sure to pop the popcorn during working hours, and keep the doors open during popping so that stream does not fog up the windows. Be sure to keep the popcorn hot, however, following popping so you can serve customers fresh, hot popcorn to enjoy with the movie.

Containers
Choose the best containers for your popcorn. Try to avoid paper bag containers. It is difficult to display popcorn in paper bags, and serving it this way is also more time consuming since the bags will need to be opened before they can be filled. Popcorn boxes are generally a much better alternative. Offer a large size popcorn box so two people can share.

More Tips to keep in Mind
In addition to popcorn, consider offering a variety of drinks including bottled water and soda at your concession stand. Popcorn makes people thirsty, so offering drinks is a good idea. Attendees will be happy there are beverages available, and you will enjoy additional revenue from the drink sales. Be sure to also highlight the fact that popcorn is a much healthier alternative to candy, another popular movie snack.

Popcorn is a very important part of a movie concession stand. Give your popcorn machine an appropriate spot and place it up front in your concession stand, rather than on a back shelf. This simple change will increase your sales by 30-50%.

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How To Make Money Selling Popcorn At An Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Apr 13, 2012 Under Tips

Movies and popcorn go hand-in-hand. This is why popcorn is a great way to make money at your outdoor movie event. Here is what to keep in mind so you can make the most of selling popcorn at your outdoor movie concession stand.

Bags of Popcorn at an outdoor movie event

Popcorn Machine Placement
Many people already enjoy popcorn with a movie, but smart placement strategies can help you increase popcorn sales even more. First, choose the best location for your popcorn popper. Make sure the event attendees can see and smell the popcorn by placing the machine in the front of the movie viewing area, or to the side of the movie screen. Be sure not to place the popcorn machine behind the audience, since they will be more likely to buy the popcorn if they can see and smell it.

Another great way to increase visibility is to illuminate the popcorn by keeping the machine’s light on. A central location for the machine and proper illumination will make it hard to miss the delicious sight and smell of the popcorn.

Popcorn Popper Appearance
Create a clean and inviting appearance to make the popcorn more appealing. Event attendees will steer clear if the machine is dirty. Be sure to clean the popcorn popper properly after every event to keep it sanitary and increase popcorn sales.

Keep the machine moderately full so that there is an attractive display of popped popcorn. Be sure to pop the popcorn during working hours, and keep the doors open during popping so that stream does not fog up the windows. Be sure to keep the popcorn hot, however, following popping so you can serve customers fresh, hot popcorn to enjoy with the movie.

Containers
Choose the best containers for your popcorn. Try to avoid paper bag containers. It is difficult to display popcorn in paper bags, and serving it this way is also more time consuming since the bags will need to be opened before they can be filled. Popcorn boxes are generally a much better alternative. Offer a large size popcorn box so two people can share.

More Tips to keep in Mind
In addition to popcorn, consider offering a variety of drinks including bottled water and soda at your concession stand. Popcorn makes people thirsty, so offering drinks is a good idea. Attendees will be happy there are beverages available, and you will enjoy additional revenue from the drink sales. Be sure to also highlight the fact that popcorn is a much healthier alternative to candy, another popular movie snack.

Popcorn is a very important part of a movie concession stand. Give your popcorn machine an appropriate spot and place it up front in your concession stand, rather than on a back shelf. This simple change will increase your sales by 30-50%.

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