Again, every large theme camp out there has to find ways to actually fund their adventure.....unless they are independently wealthy. People that have money to donate in some capacity do so, however, we GIFT over half of our seats every year and by having art cars seat dinner guests we are expanding the total number of people we can feed, without needing any more money. In addition, we feed the nearly 20 volunteers every night that do dishes, wait tables, etc....Burning Man is a do-ocracy and giving back to the community is what it's all about. It saddens me as a 10 year burner that the bulk of the negative feedback I have received has been on eplaya. Do you want to participate? Come and see us, come and join us, do you want dinner? Ask and you shall receive. It's just that easy. We have a lot of people that bust ass all year round, for zero pay, to make this camp happen and because we sell 20 pairs of tickets for the entire week as a fundraiser to feed 75 people a night for 4 nights, we get slammed. So do the math, 40 seats have been pledged pre event to help us get a huge gourmet kitchen, appiances, massive infrastructure, etc, to the playa.......300 people are fed, that amounts to 260 people that are gifted dinner and 40 that are not. Even in the default world, this food doesn't vaporize out of thin air, I'd say that's pretty darn good.
Fear No Art