The Rise Of The Pop-Up Food Industry*

*This is a collaborative post*


The food and beverage industry is booming! More and more pop-up events are now being hosted across this industry than ever before. 

Eventbrite have found that the number of food and drink events hosted on it's platform has increased each year and after analysing over 40,000 of these events, Eventbrite also found that the pop-up dining experience was the fastest growing trend — recording an 82% growth.

Here, one of the UK’s leading LPG suppliers to businesses Flogas, discusses how the food industry has shifted away from brick and mortar establishments...


So why exactly has pop-up food become so popular?




An Eventbrite survey involving over 2,000 people - who attended a pop-up dining experience - shed light on why the events have proven so attractive to the public.

A huge 75% of pop-up event attendees believe that it’s worth paying more money in order to witness a unique dining experience. Around half of respondents also said that they would be happy to pay more for a meal from the exact same menu at a pop-up event where chef interaction is involved as opposed to one served in a regular restaurant.

So, what is important to those attending a pop-up event? For 84% of survey respondents, it was down to a unique menu or theme. This was followed by events held at a memorable location (76%) and occasions that promised to be a one-of-a-kind experience (74%).

Chef Melissa King, the creator of Co+Lab the pop-up, believes that creating a unique event works both ways in terms of the pop-up food industry. She explains: “There are so many chefs out there - they have their restaurants, their day jobs, but they’re looking for something more. That’s what the pop-up culture offers them. They are able to take over someone’s space for only a few hours and convert it into their own identity. It’s not just about the food, it’s about creating a memorable experience for the guests.”


A look at the increasing popularity of street food




It's not just pop-up food events that have witnessed a significant rise in popularity - street food is now also enjoying a golden period. UN-FAO statistics claim that street food is now eaten by an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide and StreetFood.org.uk had some 2,800 members with over 7,000 units serving food across the UK as of 2015.

A fledgling artisan industry in the UK, street food has proven popular as the produce available is usually inexpensive, provides a nutritional source that is based on traditional knowledge and often follows the seasonality of farm production.

Apparently getting set up doesn’t need to be costly either, with general guidelines suggested by The Hub detailing that a small second hand catering trailer or market stall could be acquired for under £5,000. A report by the Nationwide Caterers Association acknowledges that a fully equipped market stall can be bought for around £3,000 and a food truck for an estimated £10,000.

Charlie Morse is a street food vendor himself and was keen to point out to Produce Business UK: “Street food as a trend is certainly growing, although it’s still not at the same level as in New York. I think it will die off a little as a trend and then become a normal, everyday offer. A lot of office workers go to street food stalls to buy their lunch and eat something healthy, cheap and different. There are so many trends within food but it works when you consider that people are money conscious and like variety.” 


What are your thoughts on pop-up events? 



*This is a guest post edited by GGD



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