Food Tents for Successful Fund Raising

Fundraising Food Tent

Fundraising Food Tent

Raising a regular amount of money is obviously vital to many organizations just to keep them going. But coming up with novel fundraisers not only helps to bring in much needed cash but can also raise the profile of your group or good cause.

Many ideas are tried and tested but the really great charity fundraisers come about when people try to think outside the box a little bit. Even if you can’t come up with of a totally new fundraiser try to think how you might change or tweak an existing plan. How can you add some value?

A good way to start is by looking at your cause and having a brainstorming session around it. Use it as your central focus but then let your imagination run wild. You might be surprised with what you come up with. Even wild and wacky ideas can work if you can get enough people behind them.

If you are passionate about your cause it will shine through in all your charity’s activities!

Here are just a few Fundraising Needs that could easily be successful with the use of a Food Tent or Food Booth.

  • School Fundraising
  • Church Fundraising
  • Charity Fundraising
  • Sports Fundraising
  • Cheer Squad Fundraising

Food Concession for fundraising is a major attraction at any event. People love to eat and will easily be attracted to  Food Concession Tents for their food fare. In an effort to maintain health & safety standards they are closely regulated by Fire and Environmental Health and Safety Departments. These requirements apply to food vendors using freestanding booths. All food vendors are subject to inspection prior to an event. Failure to comply with strict requirements and regulations may result in closure of the location. If you are a thinking about a food tent and looking for an approved food tent that will meet all criteria, visit www.FoodTent.com.

Food Booth Concession Tent Components
Food Tents come in a variety of sizes and wall styles to fit many needs. The typical food tent package consists of a Top, Popup Frame Structure (steel or aluminum) and four walls to enclosed the structure. The most common food booth size is 10 x 10 as this in the preferred rental space size at most events. You can also but a 10×20 booth size if you require a larger space for food prep, cooking and serving. For those concession food vendors that are free standing in open spaces, a 10 x 15 is a great size to utilize for not much more money.

Attention Flag

Attention Flag

Attention Flags Attract Attention
Attention flags are a very cost effective way to help your Food Booth get noticed in the crowd. Our flags are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can be custom printed with your logo or just simple words to help make an impressive visual impact on your prospects. Complements and food tent or food booth.

FoodTent.com custom flags are manufactured from high strength polyester fabric specifically designed for flag manufacturing. Double Stitching, Reinforced Hems, Shaped Pockets, and engineered state of the art production equipment ensure your image is represented to its maximum level.

Food Tent Sidewalls | The Options

Food Booth Wall System

Food Tent Wall System

If you plan on going into the food concession business and attending one of the many street events, fairs, farmers markets or youth sporting events, you’ll need a complete Food Tent package. The most important factor in determining how to enclose your tent structure is the Food Tent Sidewall system. Not only do these walls need to be functional to meet your needs, they must also comply with state, county and city health and fire department regulations. This means they must make a COMPLETE ENCLOSURE and also meet FIRE CERTIFICATION requirements.

Not only will these canopy sidewalls block the wind on chilly days and provide shade when the sun is low on the horizon, they will keep the health department and fire marshal smiling. Sidewalls are compatible with Most Straight Legged Canopy Structures. They will not fit on slanted leg tents! Not all canopy manufactures have the same height and width specifications so be sure check the exact sizing before ordering.

Canopy Sidewall

Canopy Sidewall Solid Fabric

Sidewall options include: Solid Color Fabric, Full Mesh, Half Mesh / Fabric, Full Clear Panoramic and of course complete food tent service wall sets. Typical sizes range to fit the most common canopy frame sizes on the market: 10×10, 10×15 and 10×20. Canopy Sidewalls are fabricated with universal hanging options and side zippers for complete enclosure. If you want to exit out the middle of the backwall – be sure to ask for a mid-zipper option. For more information and options regarding canopy sidewalls please visit Sidewalls for Tents.

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding NFPA 701, CPAI 84 & CA Fire Marshal Seal for Food Concession Tent

Mr. Fire Marshal & Your Requirements

Understanding the maze of fire regulations set by state, local and county fire marshals can be frustrating for food concession tent vendors throughout the US.  The state of California is a frontrunner in the United States when it comes to flammability, often initiating stricter flammability requirements before the rest of the country. This means that California State Fire Marshal certification is sometimes recognized outside of California, so it’s a specification you need to be aware of.  Of course, the opposite is also true. When presented with a flame certificate from the CSFM, some local code officials may refuse to accept it. To cover yourself,  ensure that your food booth tent has three fire certifications printed on a label and sewn into the actual fabric products. The three certificates are NFPA701, CPAI84 and CA Fire Marshal Seal.

Fire Certification Label

Fire Certification Label

State and Local Regulations

Though NFPA 701 is the national standard, it is not a law or regulation in itself. Authority to make and enforce laws and regulations in this area is granted to state and local governments. Many state and local governments have not developed their own standards. Instead, they require that draperies used in public spaces meet the NFPA 701 standard. The 2005 Florida Fire Prevention Code, for example, specifies in Chapter 20 that fabric used in places of assembly must meet NFPA 701 standards.Some states and cities, however, have developed their own standards and/or procedures. In California, for example, drapery used in public spaces must be made of fabric that has been registered with the State Fire Marshal, documenting compliance with Title 19 (Division 1, Chapter 8) of the California Code of Regulations. These requirements are separate and distinct from NFPA 701 standards. While the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts both accept NFPA 701 certification, New York City requires certification that fabrics meet requirements outlined in Title 27 (Chapters 1 and 4) of the New York Administrative Code, while the City of Boston requires that end users submit an application for a use permit, in advance, for each fabric to be used in a public space.

Both CPAI-84 and NFPA 701 are methods that assess the flammability of fabric. CPAI-84 is a specification written especially for materials used in tents, whereas NFPA 701 is a more general test method. However, NFPA 701 does have provisions within it for samples to be exposed to weathering before being tested, making it appropriate for use in assessing the flammability of a material intended for use in an outdoor end product.

What is the NFPA 701 Test?

Fabrics used in most public spaces (including schools, churches, auditoriums, theatres, and more.) is required by law in many states and cities to be certified as flame retardant, according to standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA has various standards depending on how the fabric will be used. In the case of draperies, curtains, and similar hanging textiles, the standard that applies is NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition. NFPA 701 (Small Scale) testing measures the ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length, and flaming residue are recorded. The fabric will pass the test if all samples meet the following criteria:
* An after flame of less than 2.0 seconds.
* A char length of less than 6.5”.
* The specimen does not continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test chamber.

If you are a food concession vendor looking for an approved food tent that will meet all criteria discussed above, visit www.FoodTent.com.

Food Booth Tents | The Basics

Basic Food Booth Tent

Food Concession Vendors are a major attraction at the festivals, street fairs and weekend sporting events. Most of these nomadic vendors use Food Concession Tents to peddle their food fare. In an effort to maintain health & safety standards they are closely regulated by Fire and Environmental Health and Safety Departments. These requirements apply to single vendors and freestanding booths. All food vendors are subject to inspection prior to an event. Failure to comply with strict requirements and regulations may result in closure of the location.

Food Booth Concession Tent Components
Food Tents come in a variety of sizes and wall styles to fit many needs. The typical food tent package consists of a Top, Popup Frame Structure (steel or aluminum) and four walls to enclosed the structure. The most common food booth size is 10 x 10 as this in the preferred rental space size at most events. You can also but a 10×20 booth size if you require a larger space for food prep, cooking and serving. For those concession food vendors that are free standing in open spaces, a 10 x 15 is aa great size to utilize for not much more money.

Food Booth Sidewalls can be purchased as complete sets or individual pieces as needed. Full mesh walls from top to bottom with services windows allow for airflow and complete viewing from the inside out. Most common

Mesh Food Wall System

Mesh Food Wall System

are sidewalls with 40″ fabric bottoms and mesh uppers. These allow the food vendors to store their supplies and prep out of view from customers. With a solid backwall it’s a nice way to block yourself off from the vendor behind you and create a little privacy. Be sure that all walls have zippers on the left and right sides to connect them around your tent structure. This will also allow you to leave one corner open for entering and exiting your food booth.

Flame Retardant Requirements National Standards
Unfortunately, it is not easy to navigate the maze of standards, regulations and requirements regarding this issue. Surprisingly, there are no “official” federal regulations regarding flame retardancy of drapery fabrics used in public spaces. However, there is a national standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), titled NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. Under NFPA 701, drapery fabric is tested by burning a small sample and measuring the flame, char length and flaming residue. If a fabric meets the NFPA 701 standards in these three areas, the fabric is considered flame retardant. Your Food Booth  system must meet NFPA701 & CPAI84 fire certification and shall be of flame resistant material or treated with a flame retardant in an approved manner. In California, the State Fire Marshal also requires a Flame Retardant seal on the products.

Health Department Requirements
Your Food Tent Sidewalls must be able to fully enclose your Food Booth Tent and have service windows that can be easily rolled / unrolled to serve your customers. Most states require these window opening to be no larger than 216 sq inches with screening that shall be at least 16 mesh per square inch. This can vary from county to county depending on what state you are in, so be sure to check with your local Health and Safety Official.

Food Tent Graphics
If you are looking to create a buzz around your Food Concession Tent you might consider a Food Tent with Graphics with personalized logos and text. Printing can be done via screen print for simple graphics or full color digital printing for complex artwork. It would be worth your time to investigate these options if you are trying to attract more customers.

Where To Buy
Often times when you plan on attending a street fair or the like, the event organizer will provide Food Tent rental units for a fee. If plan on using your Food Tent on a regular basis, consider buying one and customizing it the way you would like. A great place to do this is www.FoodTent.com. They have lots of options, color choices and can even custom print your canopy.