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Inflation, provide shortages affecting all the things from mugs to meals at Musikfest this 12 months – The Morning Name

Musikfest distributors and organizers normally ask for 2 issues for Bethlehem’s greatest occasion, which begins Friday — good climate and large crowds.

This 12 months, they’re asking for 2 extra issues ― your persistence and understanding as they cope with unprecedented inflation and product shortages.

Shopper costs elevated by 9.1% in June, in accordance with the Shopper Value Index, the very best 12-month enhance since 1981. Provide chain points are additionally inflicting issues for the occasions business, creating shortages of plastic, potatoes, poultry and many extra.

It stands to purpose that costs to your favourite Musikfest meals and grownup drinks will enhance as effectively. And due to provide chain points, you should purchase the long-lasting mug as quickly as doable.

ArtsQuest CEO Cassie Hilgert warned Musikfest followers who wish to purchase the competition’s signature 2022 mug that ArtsQuest won’t be able to resupply mugs after they promote out, and has no mugs in inventory from prior years both.

“Different years, you can do one other order to the competition and get them despatched right here, that’s not doable this 12 months resulting from provide chain points,” Hilgert mentioned.

As well as, ArtsQuest’s working prices have elevated by 20% throughout the board.

“Whether or not it’s a chair, ice, supplies for merchandise, all of that’s universally rising [in price],” Hilgert mentioned.

Fortunately for attendees, the competition will stay free because it’s been since 1984.

Distributors are additionally combating elevated meals costs, compelled to make troublesome selections like rising costs or eliminating some dishes.

Matt and Christie Vymazal personal the Flying V, a poutine restaurant and meals truck in south Bethlehem. Their restaurant has struggled underneath the hovering value of potatoes over the past six months. A 50-pound bag of potatoes that value $16 simply six months in the past now prices round $36, they mentioned.

“We’re 100% feeling each single cent of that $20 enhance,” Matt mentioned.

It’s comparatively costly for distributors to function at Musikfest — relatively than a flat price, distributors pay ArtsQuest a proportion of their gross sales — so distributors normally cost much more on the ‘Fest than different areas.

The Flying V not too long ago elevated its costs $1 throughout the board for his or her dishes, and can cost an additional greenback for dishes at Musikfest to account for the price.

Ralph Kane, proprietor of the Munchy Machine meals truck in Delaware County, will convey the Scooby Doo-themed sandwich and snack truck to Musikfest for the primary time this 12 months. Due to value will increase of a number of components, meat specifically, he has raised costs of his merchandise 3 times over the previous six months.

At Musikfest, you possibly can count on Munchy Machine’s pork banh mi, loaded pierogies and a rooster and waffle cone to run you $17 every. Kane additionally needed to choose his menu rigorously to make sure the entire gadgets might be accessible due to provide shortages.

“Issues are actually unstable proper now,” Kane mentioned.

Nonetheless, distributors and organizers are hopeful that elevated costs won’t drown out enthusiasm for the competition.

Take a Taco meals truck and catering, based mostly within the Lehigh Valley, has been a fixture at Musikfest yearly since its inception. Proprietor George Pitsilos has averted elevating costs for many dishes as a result of enterprise has been sturdy this 12 months, he mentioned. The truck makes weekly appearances at Allentown’s South Mall and visited many Lehigh Valley summer time festivals, together with Taco Fest and Blues, Brews and Barbecues.

“What I’ve seen this 12 months with the meals vehicles, individuals are spending,” Pitsilos mentioned. “Perhaps it’s simply the Lehigh Valley space, individuals have jobs, employment’s not as dangerous. However I believe individuals are nonetheless having fun with themselves. They wish to exit, wish to go to Musikfest, see the exhibits, seize a couple of beers.”

And as a free competition, Musikfest can be extra inexpensive than competing choices, Hilgert mentioned.

“To stroll right into a competition that’s free and help these official Musikfest meals and beverage distributors, you might be personally serving to to maintain the competition free for years to return,” she mentioned.

“I hope that if [customers] see that any of the distributors costs have gone up somewhat this 12 months, they’re not upset.” Christie Vymazal mentioned. “It’s not as a result of we’re making an attempt to make more cash, it’s simply because we’re making an attempt to outlive.”

Morning Name reporter Lindsay Weber will be reached at 610-820-6681 and liweber@mcall.com.

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