Catering Pods: A Buyers Guide | Big Kahuna

Catering Pods: A Buyers Guide

Catering pods are a great investment tool. They offer a great opportunity to increase your food offering to the masses. Kit them out with whatever equipment and supplies you need, and off you go to wherever there is business and money to be made.

Owning a catering business within a mobile trailer such as a catering pod can be a very rewarding line of work. Being able to supply your food or drink products across the country at various occasions and events can be a very enjoyable job and experience.

Each catering pod business is unique, and we are here today to give you Big Kahuna’s buying guide to catering pods, so read on for more information.

Introduction to Catering Pods and Small Mobile Food Trailers

A catering pod is an adaptable type of mobile food trailer. Compact, lightweight and versatile you can transport your catering pod from place to place with ease.

All you need for your catering pod is a vehicle to tow it along. No need for extra large vehicles or a van, you can tow a catering pod from a standard car vehicle and you don’t need a special form of driving licence either.

Catering pods and similar food vendor trailers require little maintenance, plus due to their small size, they can be adapted pretty easily in any way you wish.

You must utilise the little space available to you with a catering pod as space is not on your side. This does not mean that you are limited or forfeit the quality of the products you produce, it just means you have to be clever with your space.


Why Catering Pods Are so Great

Catering pods and other small trailers are great for several reasons. Read here to find out more.


Adaptable to Your Needs

It doesn’t take long to tailor your catering pod for your business’s needs. Due to its compact size, a catering pod can be turned into the perfect catering set-up in no time. This means hardly any waiting times – your catering pod can be refurbished almost immediately.



Due to the material of the catering pod being metal. This offers hygienic and wipe-clean food-safe walls, ensuring the best possible food hygiene at all times. The internal cladding on the inside of the pod is suitable for regular contact with food.



Tailor your catering pod to your brand. You can go as subtle or as wild as you like with this one. Every catering pod is unique so yours should look the part too. Include your logo, have branded signs and a branded and eye-catching menu too.

Nailing your branding will also help to entice your customers and attract attention even before they have a chance to see or smell what you are cooking.

Remember, a recognisable catering pod will also help you to be seen at different events at different times of the year, helping to bring repeat customers. With the right branding, you could even see yourself getting hired for private events and parties.


Lightweight and Portable

Attach to your car and off you go! There is a great benefit for your catering pod or small trailer being lightweight. It means that you will not need several people to help you attach it to your vehicle, or help you set it up in any way. This is a win-win if you are only a team of one or two people.

Having a portable catering business also helps you to travel to wherever there are profits to be made, you will always have a change of scenery – and if you like to travel, then this one’s for you.


Weather Proof

Planning on selling within the UK? British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, even in the height of the summer seasons. Having a trailer such as a catering pod for example is amazing for sheltering you from the rain, wind, or whatever else the weather decides to throw at you.

If you have any staff working for you, they will thank you for this benefit too and even when the sun does decide to come out, working in the sun without shelter can be hard work.

Unlike alternative types of food vendors such as market stands or stalls, you can count on your catering pod to keep you warm and dry, so your profit-making will not be interrupted.


Lower Start-Up Costs

A fantastic benefit is a lower start-up cost. With no permanent rent to pay, or contracts to sign, your catering pod business is much less expensive and not only that, it is less risky too!

This is especially useful if you are new to mobile catering and you are not sure how it will turn out in the long run, if your business will be a success, or if you will even enjoy the mobile catering life. Lower startup costs mean much lower risk and less investment needed to get yourself off the ground in the first place.


Rent Them Seasonally

If you are new to mobile catering, or if you are looking to only sell during a certain season such as the British summer festival season for example then, mobile catering hire is available if you don’t wish to invest in purchasing for yourself, not to mention that hiring equipment has a lot of benefits on its own too.


What You Can Sell From Your Catering Pod

There are so many food and drink options that are suitable to be sold from a catering pod or a similar small food outlet. For some inspiration on what you could sell from your pod, some good and classic examples are as follows:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Smoothies
  • Icecream
  • Crepes
  • Churros
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Hot dogs
  • Noodles
  • Paella
  • Hot chocolate
  • Mulled wine

The list goes on and these are just a few examples of things you could sell.


Where to Pitch Your Pod?

You can pitch your catering pod at many different events, occasions, locations and parties, up and down the UK throughout different times of the year.

Some of the most popular places include:

  • Christmas markets
  • Music festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Weddings
  • Private parties and events
  • Retail parks
  • Schools/colleges/universities
  • Food markets


Big Kahuna’s Equipment

At Big Kahuna, we have an extensive range of mobile catering equipment you can buy or you can hire, depending on your preference.

We believe that street food holds the best ingredients and street food traders are hardworking and always want to serve the best food and drink that they possibly can to their customers.

Big Kahuna can custom build your catering huts, kiosks and pop-up gazebos along with lots more. We tailor our products to your requirements and needs and we love to help you with our expert advice and bring your ideas to life.

Contact us at Big Kahuna today if you have any questions or need any help, advice or guidance about any of our products or your catering business ideas.