2014 Fair at PNE issues call for new food vendors

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THE Pacific National Exhibition is issuing a call for applications to be a food vendor at BC’s largest ticketed event, the 2014 Fair at the PNE.

“The food experience is really at the heart of the Fair,” says Vice President of Sales, Peter Male. “We are looking for professional food operators with innovative food offerings that have a proven ability to handle the volume of customers PNE food vendors serve daily during the 15-day event.”

Food is ranked as one of the most important ‘Fair experiences’ by Fair at the PNE guests annually. The PNE is known North America wide for the cultural diversity of food vendors, range of food and non-traditional food items. Along with its share of mini donuts and cotton candy stands, the PNE also has a range of healthy options for guests including fresh fruit stands and protein shake vendors.

“We are looking for the next great Fair food tradition,” says Male, “the Fair has 70 food vendor positions and we are going to select the very best vendors for all 70. Potential concessionaires without traditional Fair experience but with a great product, proven food sales experience, and a great concept should apply.”

Submissions will be evaluated on a number of criteria:

* Uniqueness of food offering

* Presentation and quality of food

* Level of high volume food vending experience (could be restaurant)

* Use of locally sourced products

* Sustainable business practices

One of the largest annual food selling events in Canada, in 2013 food concessionaires at the Fair at the PNE sold:

* 2 Million Mini Donuts

* 21,000 racks of ribs

* 7,500 samosas

* 3,750 deep fried Mars bars

* 3,000 root beer floats

* 12,240 cobs of corn

* 33,500 candy floss

Those wishing to submit a food vendor application should visit: pne.ca/thefair/exhibit-space.html

For more information about the 2014 Fair at the PNE, visit: www.PNE.ca.