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Is food over-priced at carnivals/festivals?

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Food is an essential part of any event. Many businesses participate to promote their business.

Do you think food/drinks are almost always over-priced at festivals and carnivals?

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Definitely think so. With a family of four, going to a festival/carnival becomes quite outrageously expensive. Even the rides are over-priced. I guess from the business point of view, they are in to make a profit so it makes sense, but from an affordability point of view, it all adds up.
Yes, the price of food at events/festivals is crazy and usually not justified at all. They skimp on quality and hygiene is often dubious.
by Lucy
Sometimes, yes. I suppose that's how they make their money.
No. Not when you take into account all the costs for the food sellers. They have to pay a very high price for the stand, inter alia, so if you want to blame anyone for the prices it's the festival not the individual vendors. But festival costs are also very high - there's a lot to putting on a festival, it's complicated! - which is why they then charge vendors a high price for a stand.
And you can't expect people to work for nothing, of course they want to make a profit, it's not a dirty word, it's how they pay for their house, their food, their clothes....
So I would say the prices are high but not over-priced. I often take some food and drink with me and pay the high prices for anything else I need, not exactly happily but understanding the economics of why they are high.
Yes! I always pack our own food.
Food not really.
That's part of the event, so I let that one go.They have to make a little profit.
After all that is why they are their in part.

I do get upset to see drinks expensive, because kids always want a drink!
Yes, definitely! They take advantage of the situation to make a killing!
I think that specialty foods that you can only buy at carnivals/festivals are OK to be more expensive, because you can't buy them anywhere else at any other time! But things like hot chips and soft drink are way overpriced at these events!
by Vee
Yes, it definitely is and I get furious when this is done, however, they do it because they CAN.

I wonder if they would sell a lot more if the food were the normal take away prices and dont quite understand why they have to make them so much more than ordinary take aways.
by Finy
No because they need a lot of time to prepare and the cost of the stall needs to be paid to the show organisation.
Of course! Prices' are way beyond what stall owners' costs' would be.

'Strike whilst the iron's hot', comes to mind!

Of course, one can always pack a picnic lunch, & take frozen bottles of water to drink.
But people are 'lazy' these days', & don't do that!

If it's an actual 'Food Fair', I'd not mind the prices', as it's 'an experience' you're paying for, as well as the food!
For sure. I have done food stalls for school functions and charge half the price of what these vendors charge and still make a load of money. And the food is nowhere near the quality that they would normally have. I think they are just too rushed off their feet to worry about the quality. Sometimes!!! If it cost less we would most like buy the days food and beverage at the fair but as they like to have outrageous prices we pack out own now.
Almost always -- food stalls, food vans, food trucks, etc -- they all charge prices as high or higher than what many bricks & mortar shops would charge, because they know crowds will be there, ready to pay almost anything for a quick bite. Often quality is low, hygiene dubious, service is slow and portions are mean, when compared to informal dining places -- they may have site rental overheads, but rent is absolutely nothing compared to a high street premises, and staff/skills are typically far lower as well.
These types of businesses work on either their novelty dishes, or exclusive access to crowds (like at festivals), where they can guarantee themselves little to no competition.
If you are a well-heeled single or couple that's within your means, but patronizing these places with a family is something best avoided.

A lot of the food is expensive but I look on it as a treat. I agree the drinks are well over-priced so do take my own (unless it's wine which I happily pay for). I have to confess I'm a sucker for a dagwood dog on a stick with tomato sauce and I don't mind how much it costs, I have to have one, discretely take myself somewhere quiet and lean over as I eat so I don't get covered in tomato sauce. I feel like I have to go to the markets on the weekend just to have one now.😤
yes they are over priced
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