Annnnnd Relax. Well, not quite.

January in Street Food Land.

We do our best to take some time out in January, its a time for us to reflect on what went well in 2018 and start to plan our diary as we cruise into the new year. Thankfully planning can be done inside because I’m telling you now its not much fun being outside at this time of year, we like to hibernate until you can still see daylight at 5pm.

The Dreaded To-Do List.

Although we do try our best to relax you can’t help but have one eye on that dreaded to-do list. Throughout the season the kit and trailer take quite a hammering. I know for a fact that we have to replace the jockey wheel, two of the tyres and repaint the whole trailer before the new season starts. We also need a new rice cooker, I dropped ours and it has imploded (Chris isn’t aware of this yet).

Event Planning.

It is also at this time of year that event planners start releasing dates for food festivals, street food markets and the likes. We do our best to juggle all of these alongside our private bookings and ensure we have been a good spread of events throughout each month. There are a lot of great events out there, we have been fortunate enough to trade at a lot of them in 2018. These include the epic Peddler Market in Sheffield, Mhairi and her team knocks it out of the park every month without fail. The new Chow Down event in Halifax is amazing too, Simon and his team there not only organised an amazing venue but managed to book the sunshine too. Thanks to all of the events organisers we have worked with in 2018.

Menu Development.

Probably the BEST bit of having some time off is the menu development. January gives us an opportunity to try out some new recipes, make sure our menu looks great and is on trend. We have seen traders over the last 2 years really upping their game. This continuous improvement is great for everyone, its great for us because it challenges us to create better dishes and it great for the customers who get try this amazing array of unbelievable food week in - week out.

On reflection, there's not actually that much time to relax, I’m constantly on the go but to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Heres to a great 2019!

We Love a Good Wedding!

Wedding Catering

As well as birthday parties, corporate celebrations, christenings, street food festivals, markets, beer festivals, music festivals, gin festivals and Christmas fairs, we cater for a LOT of weddings... and its safe to say we LOVE them. When we started The Ball Box I couldn't have ever imagined how many wedding photo albums we would be a part of and just how many newly weds would choose to eat our balls and feed them to all of their guests on their big day. 

Personalised Service

When we are working with couples that are planning their wedding we try and make everything as personal as possible, despite what people might think, no two weddings are the same, they just aren't. Each couple that we speak to have differing requirements. If we can, we try and create a bespoke ball recipe for each couple, in-fact this is where a lot of the recipes that we now sell regularly at foodie events actually came from including the Chicken Katsu which is now one of our top sellers! 

Our Ethos

When we set up our little company we had one simple goal in mind, this still runs through everything we do today; deal with others as we would want to be dealt with. I can't stress this enough, when it comes to weddings we have found some companies really know how to ramp up the old rip off level! If you add wedding to the front or back of anything you tend to find the costs double or treble in some cases. Our prices are the same for a wedding as they would be at any other street food event because that is what we believe is the right thing to do. We came across a couple who had been quoted £9 a head for a Mr Whippy ice cream van the other week.... W.T.F!

Quick Thanks

To all the couples that we have had the pleasure of cooking for so far this year we would just like to say a massive thanks for letting us be a part of one of the biggest days of your lives, we have seen more drunk grannys, hilarious best man speeches and emotional first dances than we can recall. Our solid favourite remains people tripping up over the TP/tent guide ropes that peg the TP to the floor, that never gets old! Those ropes do tend to come out of nowhere when you've had a beer or five :)

A Trailer Full of Trotters

Decisions Decisions

Choosing our setup was something that we took our time over, we weighed up the pros and cons of a gazebo setup, vehicle setup and a trailer setup eventually settling with the trailer. We chose a trailer for numerous reasons, firstly they tend to be pretty cheap in comparison to a vehicle and secondly they don’t take any time to setup and takedown as does a gazebo.

A Flabergasted Farmer

If you see a good looking box, you need to move quickly! These are pretty popular at the moment and good looking ones don’t stick around for long. We travelled all the way down to Northampton for ours, we picked it up from a farmer who had just retired, he used it to take his pigs to market (so subsequently it stunk of poo) the look on his face when we told him that we were going to convert it into a food unit to serve meatballs from was absolutely priceless… he thought we had literally lost our minds.

Top Tip

We have now been rolling around in our box for about 12 months and she has served us well, the initial investment has really been worth it. We have since invested second unit in the form of a gazebo and fully electric equipment, this allows us to cater indoor events and spaces where gas is not allowed, really handy through the winter so we can keep out of the cold. When choosing your unit our top tip would be think practically and choose wisely, the way your unit looks will influence sales and create opportunity. Also remember to BE ORIGINAL and CREATIVE. 

 

The Blog of a Master Baller

We get asked this question a LOT! 

How did you get into street food and is it difficult to setup a business? We get asked this question so much that we thought people might actually like to read about our journey into street food and what it takes to be a street food trader in the north of the UK.

The Blog.

We have had so many amazing experiences in our first 18 months of trading. We will share some of these stories with you, maybe your just reading because your interested, maybe because your looking to start a street food business, whatever it maybe hopefully we will be able to give you a little insight into the street food industry and what a great place it can be.

Thanks for everything so far!

Of course we wouldn’t even be at this point or have anything to write about if it wasn’t for our amazing customers. So before we start we would just like to thank each and everyone of you who have supported us upto this point. The responses and comments we have had have been overwhelming and we really can’t thank you enough for enjoying our balls just as much as we enjoy rolling them. We cant wait to see you all again as we ball our way through 2018!