Choosing The Right Refrigerated Transport For Your Festival Vending

Whether it’s an annual food and agricultural show that brings together the best produce and culinary delights, or a music festival that has crowds flocking to dance to the beat, Australia has plenty of festivals to celebrate year-round. And if you’re a food vendor gearing up to participate in any of these celebrations, it’s important to ensure that your products reach the event in top-notch condition. Whether it’s farm-fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, delectable treats, or locally crafted beverages, maintaining the quality and freshness of these perishable goods is at the heart of providing a memorable experience to festival visitors.

Because of the huge number of guests that attend these shows and festivals each year, vendors are always aiming to get eyes on their business by showcasing their wonderful fresh produce to as many eager show-goers as possible. However, there are plenty of logistics involved, including the tricky task of refrigerated transport for food. Here’s how to choose the right refrigerated transport for your next festival vending.

Choosing The Right Refrigerated Transport As A Food Vendor

Choosing the right refrigerated vehicle for food and wine trails, music festivals or markets is an important decision that can impact your success, since the most important thing is the safe transport of your stock. With these events happening both in the scorching summer and the chill of winter, you will need to plan ahead and make sure your truck setup suits your stock – whether you’re vending corn dogs in the carnival or showing off award-winning cheese and honey.

What Size Vehicle Do You Need?

When choosing the right vehicle for your stall, you’ll want to consider the size of the vehicle. This will depend on the amount and type of food you plan to serve. Frozen food or food that needs to be kept at a very low temperature, such as seafood for instance, will need a van that can keep food at the appropriately cold temperature to avoid your food spoiling, and smaller vehicles can be easier to cool than larger ones.

A good refrigerated transport vehicle should always include an electric standby unit. At Scully RSV, we ensure that all of our vehicles are fitted with these to provide you with the best-performing vehicle possible.


How Accessible Do You Need Your Refrigerated Transport To Be?

The accessibility of your vehicle’s refrigeration unit is also an important factor to consider, as it will affect how easily you can retrieve and store your food items – something that’s quite important in the hustle and bustle of one of the biggest events of the year. You may want to avoid a refrigerated truck that requires you to climb in and out off and instead opt for a ute that offers side and rear access. If you do want a larger vehicle, a truck equipped with a tailgate loader will make your day far easier.

Check All Legal and Safety Requirements

Before you hire any vehicle, it’s important to understand any relevant legal and safety requirements for operating a refrigerated vehicle at any festival you plan to attend. Insurance for your refrigerated transport is a must, protecting you from potential liabilities. Be sure you carry the right licence for the vehicle you intend to drive, especially if you are driving a particularly large truck.


What Type Of Food Vendors Attend Festivals?

If you’re wondering if your business should attend the Ekka as a vendor, here are just a few delicious eats that have attended in the past:

  • Barbecue
  • Gelato
  • Italian street food
  • Burgers and pies
  • Carnival food such as cheese on a stick, chips on a stick and cotton candy
  • Gozleme
  • Noodles
  • Seafood
  • Sushi
  • Beer and wine

As you can see, most of the foodstuffs listed above require refrigerated transport either to, from or during the show. 

Partner With Scully RSV For Your Future Food Vending

If you are a business that will be selling any of the above (and more!), consider partnering with Scully RSV to make sure your product arrives on time and in great condition. Consider short-term or long-term van hire with us and see the difference a locally-made Scully vehicle can make to your refrigerated transport.

New Vehicle
Refrigerated Van
Refrigerated Van
C-Class License
Electric Standby
+20 to -18 degrees
Single side & Rear barn