We’ve all done it at one time or another, after stumbling out from the pub late at night feeling peckish, taken in the delights of the nearest burger van. Other times we may have sampled something a little more gourmet. Festivals and outdoor events are ideal places to get a huge amount of traffic from hungry customers.
Pop up restaurants or street food outlets are becoming extremely popular. They offer a level of excitement and authenticity and you may be considering running your own enterprise.
As you would expect, there are many aspects and legal requirements to consider during the planning stages.
If you are planning on hiring a team of helpers from 1 to 100, who all must be trained in food safety, you will need something called an Employers Liability insurance certificate. And if you have more than 5 members of staff you’ll also need a Health and Safety policy as well as being required to carry out fire risk assessments.
You’ll need to register with the local authority and their Environmental Health office and be required to carry out Health and Safety risk assessments You also need to make sure you have the relevant street trading permissions for the location you plan on holding your pop up. Most councils will offer street trading licences specially for pop up traders.
This may all sound daunting, but that’s where our experience comes in.
If you would like a little more help and advice on starting your own pop up street food destination, the Popupspace team are well equipped to assist. We have a range of services that could help, from location to retail insurance. Get in touch for a chat today.
Sarah James, Popupspace
Halloween is fast approaching and with it comes all the ghosts and ghouls and scary stories that we expect. In the UK Halloween has always been a bit of fun, but it’s never been as big a deal as in the US. Each year adults and children celebrate on the 31st October extending the holiday to a full on tradition like Valentine’s Day and Firework Night.
Our American counterparts go all out, celebrating the spooky season with huge parties, Trick or Treating and haunting costumes that would put us to shame. But apparently they have also been leading the way with Halloween themed pop up shops that sell scary masks, fake blood and vampire capes.
Just like on Christmas Eve, when panicked shoppers are desperately seeking last minute gifts, and on some occasions Christmas trees and turkeys, haunted revellers are raiding the handy pop up shops to populate their parties and get togethers.
Pop up shops in general in the US have increased year on year, and in Los Angeles their numbers grew from 2039 to 2459, with spooky Halloween themed shops accounting for nearly half of those in that city alone.
In fact, pop up shops have been booming in America for quite some time. They have long been enjoying the obvious benefits of the temporary lets, including lower rents and flexibility. Ideal for Halloween – pumpkins don’t last forever you know!
Have you been inspired by this story? Do you have an idea for a unique way of celebrating a traditional occasion? Maybe a Christmas market or a community New Year get together? Visit our website and get in touch. Perhaps we could guide you through the early days of your plans when you use our location sourcing services. If you dare…
Sarah James, Popupspace
The pop up restaurant is increasingly becoming one of the most exiting alternatives to its more permanent counterpart, while the Pop Up revolution is growing more dominant by the day.
We all love to eat out and many of us have favourite restaurants that we visit time and time again. But it can easily get a little boring and that’s where the pop up restaurant comes in. Temporary restaurants are not exactly a new phenomenon. Food stalls and festivals have been around for years. Some independent restaurateurs even travel around the country or their own town, going where the customers are.
A popular pop up restaurant in Brighton for example is the Trolls Pantry. They sell gourmet burgers made with locally sourced ingredients and their ethos derives from the street food trend, where it is thought that people should be able to sample great food on the move, wherever they may be. Their growing popularity means that they have recently taken root in a local pub.
As with the excitement that surrounds pop up and empty shops, you really could take your pop up restaurant anywhere, in doors or out, as long as you have the correct permissions, of course! A good place to start, once you have your location sorted, would be to speak to your local council about obtaining a food and hygiene safety certificate and trading licence.
If you are in the catering industry or you are planning an event where a pop up restaurant would fit in, we at Popupspace often come across available property with catering facilities. Alternatively, if it’s an outside space you’re after we can help you negotiate with landlords, owners and local authorities with our planning and pop up location sourcing services. All in all, these restaurants are a great way to show off your culinary skills to a new audience every day, so why not get started today?
Sarah James, Popupspace
Forest Hill becomes an essential destination for fashionistas from 15th-19th February, as the team behind the SEE3 pop up shops stages ‘Forest Hill Fashion Week’.
SEE3 is one of Boris Johnson’s London Portas Pilots, which was awarded £300,000 in order help revitalise high streets and promoting job creation in Lambeth and Tower Hamlets. Lewisham Council is providing an additional £137k to help rejuvenate the areas high streets with new street markets, start-up opportunities for new businesses and creative exhibitions. The aim of the team is to provide a springboard for businesses to trial their propositions in the high street and to stimulate long-term demand for empty shops. With The Butchery, who had a pop up shop at Christmas in Forest Hill, opening the doors of their permanent shop later this month the team have a pretty good record at bringing businesses to the high street that meet the needs of the community.
Louise Brooks, the Project Manager tasked with delivery of SEE3‘s pop up shop programme ‘The Shop Revolution’, said: “Forest Hill has become a hub for designer-makers and fashionable boutiques in recent years and so it is an ideal time to stage a celebration of local design talent and style. And of course the event will see the opening of our latest pop up shop SEE Boutique on Dartmouth Road with pop up tenants Love Ur Look selling their fabulous reproduction vintage outfits.”
With collections from local designers at Forest Hill’s boutiques, in-store events, textile and accessory workshops, fashion and jewellery upcycling, frock-swapping, markets, catwalk shows (including a dress-up catwalk for children) there will be something for all ages. For a full list of events taking place during this festival of local fashion interested you can visit www.see3.co.uk/fhfw.
An empty shop in Seacombe was converted into a den of delights for young people in the area. Among those events happening across a week were drama workshops, healthy cooking and eating day and a visit from the herpetological society with a collection of snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies all of which were complemented by stories and games.
Hosted by the Reader Organisation the scheme was opened by the Mayor or Wirral, Counciller Gerry Ellis.
Councillor Pat Hackett, Wirral Council cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy said: “This sounds like a really fun week. The Empty Shops Fund was created to do much more than just fill space on Wirral’s high streets, and with help from our partners in the NHS and the Reader Organisation, the Peculiar Pop-Up Story Shop has provided a week packed with activities for children from Seacombe, and one which we hope they will remember fondly for a long time.”
Lynn Elsdon, Reader Organisation’s young person’s project worker, who organised the event said: “We’ve had a brilliant week letting our imaginations run wild with the cookery, creatures, and crafts and bringing a disused space to life with the stories and poems. The children have really enjoyed taking part and will hopefully be encouraged to carry on reading and being active for the rest of the summer.”
The week of events was open to twenty children aged eight to eleven and included readings from “A Little, Aloud for Children”, an anthology of poems and stories for young people.
The Mexican food experts Wahaca have popped up on top of the Southbank Centre in London.
The new venue has been put together from eight recycled shipping containers and it sits on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking the Thames and it is part of the centre’s Festival of the World which will run until 9th September and has made the site a busy port with outdoor art installations drawing in people from across the city.
If you are familiar with Wahaca you will not be disappointed by their Chunky Guacamole and Tamarind cocktails and Mojitos and you will get the chance to try something from the new specials menu, which changes each month.
Wahaca Southbank is open Monday to Saturday 12pm – 11pm and Sunday 12 pm to 10.30pm. Remember to get their early as they don’t take bookings.
It’s camping, but not as we know it. Festival goers wishing to avoid sleeping in the mud now have the option to indulge in new levels of luxury. Midlands-based company All About Space has designed “podule” rooms with all the creature comforts and mod cons you will need to party in style this summer.
The 12 sq m podules – which offer all the facilities you’d find in the best hotels as well as some added extras - will be available for hire to well-heeled festival fans for c. £2,000. All About Space is already taking bookings for the major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Download.
Not a day goes by without us hearing of a new kind of event described as “pop up”! This one is a bit different - with outside:inside 2011 billing itself as the UK’s first “pop up festival”. The fourth annual o:i festival – a celebration of music, film, art, food, theatre and dance – takes over Reading from 9th to 30th July. The festival will invade unusual and vacant spaces all over town. Restaurants, cinemas and event spaces will be popping up in empty shops, offices and churches, as well as on the open green spaces which have traditionally provided a home for festival fun.
The festival’s organisers believe their innovative aproach “brings whole communities together, outside on the streets and in inside spaces for one big celebration”. Among the big names headlining the o:i festival will be reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
The department store chain John Lewis will be opening pop-up shops at Vintage at Goodwood, a new festival celebrating fashion, music, film and art from the 1940s to the 1980s.