Mark wears many hats at Food, Wine & Music Festivals: Festival Stage MC, Stand Up Comedian, Cooking Tent MC, Celebrity Chef… and can also award audience members with FREE VACATIONS as the host of his COMEDY COOKING CONTEST. Mark’s appeal combines broadcast pre & post promotion, comedy, prizes and promotion to increase attendance and fund-raising.
In 2014, LIVE REMOTE BROADCASTS of A FORK ON THE ROAD SHOW will originate from all of Mark’s Festival appearances. Mark and his co-host, Yeni Alvarez, The Traveling Diva, interview local chefs, sponsors, vendors and celebrities on the web’s #1 travel and food show, with over 750,000 weekly subscribers. The REMOTE BROADCASTS give Festival promoters an added perk to offer their best chefs and vendors as part of their appearance contracts, promoting them all over the world.
Mark’s REMOTE BROADCAST & audience participation COMEDY COOKING SHOW, provides thousands of dollars of added promotion at AT NO ADDITIONAL COST:
* 6 weeks of PRE-EVENT on-air commercials and promotion on A Fork on the Road Show
* 6 weeks of PRE-EVENT social marketing, funneling the show’s 750,000 weekly audience to event website for tickets
* Entire Episode of A Fork on the Road originates LIVE from the Festival, featuring local guests selected by promoter
* Post-Event feature story in Mark’s popular Huffington Post Travel Blog
COMEDY COOKING SHOW: On stage, Mark opens with stand up comedy about his hilarious travels while shooting the hit Travel Channel show, “Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo,” and writing his best selling Travel & Recipe Book, A Fork on the Road: 400 Cities, 1 Stomach. Mark then reveals three food prep stations, [no kitchen set ups needed] then randomly selects 3 audience members to join him on stage to prepare a simple recipe from his book. Each “chef” prepares the ‘secret recipe’ [Guacamole.] To conclude the show, everyone in the audience files by the stage to taste all three versions and vote on which tastes best. The chef who collects the most audience votes is declared the winner and receives a Vacation Prize valued from $1,000-$8,000.
After the show, Mark does a BOOK SIGNING, returning 10% of proceeds to event for donation to local charity.
Mark has a 95% return booking rate, coming back to the same festivals year after year, while constantly adding new events.
Festival Audience of over 1.5 Million in 2013:
Taste of Chicago, Taste of St. Louis, National Buffalo Wing Festival, Spirits of Mexico International Tequila Festival, Taste of Philadephia, Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival, Iowa Premier Food, Wine and Beer Festival, Taste of Playa del Carmen, MX, Windy City Wine Festival, Monetery California Wine Festival, SB California Wine Festival…
TV PROMO for FOOD FESTIVAL
In San Francisco, Mark promotes his upcoming appearance at the Adventure Travel Show.
Mark raises 3X more charity funds at the International Tequila Festival
HEADLINER/KEYNOTE ADVENTURE TRAVEL SHOWS
Mark headlines this festival at all its US stops, mixing comedy and travel info for his fans.
TASTE of PLAYA
Mark Travels to Mexico’s Yucatan to headline and host this International Food Festival.
TRAVEL SHOW KEYNOTE COMEDY:EXCERPTS
In a SOLD OUT auditorium, Mark brings stand up comedy to his adventures on the Road.
BEEF SPITTING WOMAN in the CROWD
Mark interviews a funny woman about new meat flavors at this food event.
REMOTE BROADCAST: A Fork on the Road visits KAUA’I
Yeni and Mark perform a REMOTE BROADCAST of the web’s #1 TRAVEL & FOOD SHOW, A Fork on the Road, from Kaua’i.
COMEDY COOKING SHOW LIVE
Mark picks 3 lucky audience members for a cooking contest, the winner got a $7,500 All-Inclusive Resort Vacation.
FORTUNE 500 CLIENTS
Mark performs LIVE shows for all types of clients and events.
STAND UP COMEDY
Mark performs a recent set at the Hollywood Improv.
LIVE EVENT HOSTING REEL
Mark hosts Awards shows, Food & Travel Festivals and corporate events and meetings.
TRAVEL FEST – TV PROMO INTERVIEW
Mark joins the morning team on WGN-TV to promote his weekend appearance at the Adventure Travel Show.
FOOD FEST – RADIO PROMO INTERVIEW
Radio interview with Mrs. Nebraska for Mark’s appearance at Taste of Omaha.
BEAUTY QUEEN INTERVIEW
Mark interviews the new Miss San Gennaro on the Jimmy Kimmel LIVE Stage.
Road Trip Comedy. A Dog checks Mark into a Wisconsin hotel.
A FORK ON THE ROAD SHOW
Yeni and Mark perform REMOTE BROADCASTS of the #1 Travel/Food podcast from every live event Mark hosts.