How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Food Truck?

Written by Oliver Wells, Tue 7 February 2023

How much does it cost to hire a food truck for your event?

Hiring a food van for your event is not only a delicious and memorable way to feed your guests, but they also are unique and fun, and always bring excitement to the celebration, as well as a stunning backdrop for photos. But how much does it cost to hire a food truck? We’re here to answer all your questions.

Why hire a food truck in the first place?

Food trucks are not only a great talking point at any event, but they also are convenient in that they can be set up just about anywhere. Our trucks come in an exciting array of shapes, sizes, colours, themes and styles.

We pride ourselves on offering the best food trucks in the business from the UK’s most exciting professional chefs and caterers. So whatever the size or theme of your event, we’ve got the perfect truck for you with every cuisine you can think of.

Breaking down the costs

The cost of a food truck varies depending on several factors such as the size of the truck, the menu, the duration of the event, the number of expected attendees and the desired location.

Size of the food truck

First, let's take a look at the size of your chosen food truck. As a general rule, a larger truck is designed to cater to a larger number of guests, and will require more staffing, fuel and other associated costs. This means that you can expect to pay more compared to a smaller truck that is designed for smaller functions, weddings or private parties for example. In summary, a larger food truck means more kitchen space, more equipment, and more staff to manage the event, meaning the cost is usually higher.

Your desired menu

Your chosen menu and associated menu items will impact the cost of your food truck rental. If you choose a menu that requires more ingredients or more expensive ingredients, you can expect to see this reflected in your end cost. A menu with simple dishes will be cheaper compared to a menu with gourmet dishes, the same is true for a menu with two items when compared to a menu with ten items. For example, a food truck serving lobster rolls or venison burgers, will have a higher cost per head/total cost compared to a crepe van. Additionally, if you want the truck to serve alcohol, you will have to pay an additional fee to get a liquor licence.

Event duration

The duration of the event is also an important factor to consider when determining the cost of a food truck rental. If you need the truck for a full day, you will pay more than if you only need the truck for a few hours. The longer the truck is at your event, the more it will cost. This is because staff will require payment determined by hour, longer events serve more food, and often serve a more varied range of food; as well as being potentially equipped for multiple servings or different courses.

The location

And last but certainly not least is your event location. Where your event is situated will ultimately impact the cost of your food truck rental. If the event is in a remote area or a location that requires more travel, the cost will be higher compared to an event in an easy to access location. The caveat here is that events in Central London may be subject to a higher cost owing to parking difficulties and added costs for the caterers such as ULEZ charges.

So, how much does it cost to hire a food truck for your event?

On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from £500 to £5,000 depending on the factors mentioned above. As a general rule of thumb, you should budget to spend around £11-£15 per head.

Keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and the actual cost will depend on your specific requirements. We always recommend speaking directly to your chosen food truck supplier to iron out all the details.

At Togather, we have a stunning range and variety of food truck options and over 1,500 diverse and exciting suppliers, each with their own unique menu and style. You can chat directly with potential suppliers and our team of experts will work with you to find the perfect food truck for your event.

What are you waiting for?!

Visit our food van hire page and fill out our enquiry form to start receiving quotes, and get ready to enjoy some of the best, most exciting street food in the UK.