The taste test fundraiser is a brilliant fundraising event that is a great add-on to a cookbook fundraiser. They go perfectly hand in hand!
Of course it can also be held on its own as well.
But either way, with the right planning, this unique idea can be superbly profitable.
That if you hold a Cookbook Fundraiser, then you should definitely add a Taste Test Evening to it, to help with promoting your Cookbook.
If you don't plan to have a recipe book fundraiser but still wish to have a food taste evening then I suggest you read this article.
By simply holding a dinner type evening where people will taste the recipes proposed, or being used, in your organization cookbook.
You will then let people rate and review all the different recipes. They can then suggest whether they think the recipes are worthy of having a place in your cookbook!
This will in turn help you decide on what recipes to use, and to also promote your Cookbook.
You will of course look to add a few other fundraising ideas to evening to add to your bottom line.
Let's get started...
There are a few different ways of holding a taste test fundraiser. You can either...
Each person at a table will receive a different meal from the cookbook. They then individually review that meal.
Obviously if the event has a big crowd some people will receive the same meal. This doesn't matter as the more opinions you get on your recipes the better! Or...
Instead of serving a whole meal to each individual, you could serve either sharing plates or small portions of all the different recipes.
This will mean that people will be able to taste and review a wider range of food rather than just a single meal. Or lastly...
You could hold something similar to a Food Taste Fundraiser.
You will have different tables set up, with small tasting portions on all of them.
can then go around to the different tables tasting the foods and rating
them on review sheets (which you leave on the tables).
With this last method you can raise funds in 2 ways. Either by taking donations at the all the tables - donations that people have to make in order to be able to taste the food.
Or by selling cheap tickets (at the door), that supporters will then hand over at the tables when they want to taste the different foods. (Obviously 1 ticket = 1 portion.)
With the other two ways you will have to charge an upfront fee as your primary fundraising source for the evening.
Here are some other ways of raising funds during a Taste Test Fundraiser...
Even though your
cookbook has not yet been completed and published you can still sell
copies of it. And what better time to do it then at your taste test
Once it has been published you can then deliver the cookbooks to customers, or have them pick it up from your organization.
Think of it this way... If someone wants to buy your cookbook or you can interest them in it, sell it to them straight away. They might change their minds later if you don't!
It's important to get a full attendance at your Taste Test Event to ensure you get the most benefit out of it (funds raised, etc.).
So promoting it effectively is extremely important.
Promote it through...
Read here for more fantastic ideas on promoting your Taste Test Fundraiser.
For more ideas and tips on running profitable food fundraisers please read the 'running food fundraisers page'.
And my leaving tip... Always plan and organise properly! It will make everything go smoother and be more successful!