Dear Salty, Some pals and I went to a track festival remaining weekend. The first night time, after we’d been ingesting and standing all day, we have been ravenous and attempted to order some sandwiches from a BBQ seller on the competition. There changed into an extended line, and when we got to the front, they advised us they have been out of maximum in their food, however ought to put together mac & cheese crowned with some brisket.
All the opposite companies additionally had lengthy strains too, so we stated k and paid $15 for the mac & cheese. It became so, so gross. The mac & cheese didn’t have any taste and the brisket changed into the general sauce with just a little bit of bizarre meat strings in it. I couldn’t believe we paid $15 for it. But I paid cash and didn’t get a receipt, so I wasn’t positive I ought to have lower back it. Could I even have? By the way, we ate an honestly early dinner—from a unique dealer—the day after today to avoid this.
Unless you’re going to especially a food occasion—and even every now and then—the food you’ll locate at summertime fairs are a crapshoot. Festival organizers realize the food isn’t the principle draw at a music festival, so it’s mainly there to preserve you from gnawing your arm off or getting so inebriated you skip out in a porta-potty.
Of path, it’s nevertheless high-priced but thinks about the meals at most live shows, sporting occasions, film theaters, and so on. I paid $9 for a Corona at a street competition closing summertime. When you get an amazing, fairly priced meal, it’s the exception to the guideline. I’m no longer announcing that doesn’t suck, but I am suggesting you would possibly decrease your expectations a piece. Festival meals aren’t cooked-from-scratch, farm-to-table stuff. It’s 95% starch, made in large batches, sitting out in vats.
Vendors, too, don’t continually know how a lot enterprise they’ll do. They’d as an alternative run out of food than have more, due to the fact bet who’s eating the food value? They are. If it rains, or the competition isn’t offered out, the vendors are stuck with more meals they couldn’t promote. Running out is a way better scenario for them. The responsibility is with the competition organizer to make sure they e-book sufficient vendors and provide an awesome estimate of attendance in order that although a stand or two runs out, there are nonetheless different alternatives available.
So, as I have with my relationship lifestyles, mood your expectations. Could you have demanded a refund for the mac-and-cheese? Yeah, positive. I wager the companies might have given you your money lower back just to get you off their case. But I suppose you’d be better off just chalking this up to what it’s miles: overpriced, mediocre meals at a competition. Shocking! Next time, do what Aunt Salty does and smuggle in a ham sandwich on your blouse. Works every time.