Summer is BBQ season and what better idea for non-dues revenue than a summer BBQ cook-off?
But how do you manage the details of the event and what are some things you need to keep in mind? Before you get your BBQ on, read the list of considerations below:
How to Host an Impressive Chamber BBQ Event
First, there are a few things you need to decide:
- Who buys the meat? Do entrants buy their own or do you arrange to use a local farmer so that everyone is cooking the same quality?
- Will you charge an entry fee to compete? If you want the event to make money, this is probably a good option.
- Will you use crowdsourcing or a panel of local celebrity judges to establish a winner? If you let attendees vote, how will they do so? Marcia Gaedcke from the Titusville Chamber of Commerce suggested that every attendee receives a special coin when they buy a ticket. Voters deposit their coins into banker’s boxes at their favorite booths, thus casting a vote.
- Will you award trophies, ribbons, certificates, or cash prizes? How about a prize for things like best sauce, hottest sauce, most creative sauce, best decorations (at their stall/booth) or other creative ideas?
- Will you give cooks anything special like an apron or a chef’s hat? Will you create the signage for them or allow them to bring their own?
- Is this an indoor event where the cooked meat is brought in ready to be sampled? Imagine allowing for it to be slow cooked outside for everyone to enjoy the delicious aromas.
- Will you pre-sell tickets at a discount and charge more at the door? Will you sell other things like beer or additional food and desserts?
- How about inviting craft vendors to set up booths at the tasting event/ That gives attendees something to do outside of eating.
- Will you limit it to a members-only competition or can everyone (including people from out of town) participate and bring their best BBQ? Also, will you allow professionals to join (this includes restaurants) or do you want it to just be family recipes and weekend grillers?
- What will bragging rights be? Best BBQ in the city?
Chamber BBQ events and tasting contests are fun non-dues revenue ideas. However, there are plenty of others to look into if other groups are already hosting one.