Another place concessions are very popular are movie theatres. Many people sold food from portable carts during Global Theatre times of the Shakespearean period, and as early as the 1500s. As early as these theatres carried food for patrons, the same can be said for today’s movie theatres. Concession booths outside the movie theatres have long lines for favorites such as sodas, popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs, and nachos and cheese. While these vittles may be pretty high priced, the same kind of novelty applies as does with fair food.

Other places that offer concessions are sporting events such as football, soccer, and baseball. As far as the statistics and history books are concerned, the hard work that all the vendors and caterers do to feed all the hungry fans attending the sporting events aren’t worth mentioning. But who hasn’t heard of the All-American hot dog and can of beer while you watch the game? Other such food that is common at these games are much like fair food and movie theatre food. The same popular, easy-to-prepare foods including hot dogs and pretzels are eaten with regularity at these events.

Specifically boxing events have garnered a large portion of concessions. A man named Harry M. Stevens began providing the refreshments for games at the fight between Dempsy and Carpentier in 1921. He and his son Frank also served at baseball games, race tracks, and horse shows.

No matter how you look at it or who was the first to truly originate concessions as we know them today, the significant fact is that the past has heavily influenced the present in food service. While those of us who attend an occasional fair and have a corn dog, to those of us who see a movie and order popcorn, don’t mistakenly think that these novelties started or gained popularity recently. Even though the ancient street vendors may not have worked exactly the way food vendors of today work, the principal was all the same: providing food to hungry patrons, gathered in a confined area for a profit. The rest, as they say, is history.