How to run a Bunnings barbecue sausage sizzle

Here are some tips on running a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser.

Before the day

Apply to Bunnings
  • Speak to the Activities Organiser at your Bunnings store and ask which dates are available to apply for. Depending on demand, you may need to book several months ahead.  The best weekend is Fathers Day weekend. Check if there’s a cut-off date each year. You can go on the emergency fill-in list as well.
  • You will need to apply via written letter using your organisation’s letterhead.  You need to also your public insurance Certificate of Currency.
  • If you speak to the Activities Organiser, they may allow you to submit this documentation via email.

Public Liability Insurance

Bunnings require public liability insurance.  Many organisations don’t need to buy separate insurance as they are covered by an umbrella agreement with their parent organisation.  For example, my primary school was covered by the Victorian government insurance policy, so we didn’t need to pay extra insurance.

If you need insurance, this is the best one I’ve found so far and should be suitable for your needs.  AAMI suggested only public liability is required (don’t need products liability as well).  You might only need the insurance for one or two days, but the minimum when buying the insurance is three months. Information on the AAMI website is at http://www.aami.com.au/business-insurance/market-stall-and-exhibitor-insurance

Local council permit

You register sausage sizzles for Victorian councils on this site: https://streatrader.health.vic.gov.au. Allow a week for the council to check and approve your registration.

On the day

Supermarkets sometimes give discounts (eg 10%) to community group fundraisers, so it’s worth asking.

What you need

  • Drink – soft drink (Coke) or equivalent
  • Drink – soft drink (Sprite) or equivalent
  • Drink – soft drink (Fanta) or equivalent
  • Drinks – bottles of water (24)
  • Bread
  • Ice
  • Large plastic tubs (container for the ice and drinks)
  • Onions – the smell of onions is an attractant for customers
  • Sauce – tomato
  • Sauce – mustard
  • Sauce – brown/BBQ
  • Aprons
  • Tongs
  • Paper napkins/ serviettes
  • Large plastic bin bags
  • Hand paper towels and soap
  • Foil containers to present the sausage in bread to the customer
  • Cooking utensils
  • Container/s for bread which you pre-prepare
  • Tea towels
  • Esky or equivalent cooler
  • Cash float
  • Roster
  • Disposable gloves and/or hand sanitiser
  • Tin foil or baking paper (makes the grill easier to clean)
  • Flyswatters (not fly spray) especially if hot

Other possible food – don’t buy too much, and don’t make it too complicated

  • Mushrooms
  • Potato crisps (add on sales)
  • Bread rolls (1-up)
  • Gourmet (beef or chicken) sausages (2-up)
  • Grated Cheese
  • Tomato relish (nicer than sauce + 25c)
You need three people or more at any one time.  The roles are:
  • money handlers
  • cookers
  • giving the sausages over to the customers

Other fundraising activities (eg raffle tickets)

Shifts

Organise people in two-hour shifts, and people can work more than one shift if they need to.  Peak period is usually 11 am to 2 pm.

Start timeFinish timeNote
8 am10 amNeed strong people in case you have to move anything, such as the A-frame or gas bottle. The gas and the gas bottle is supplied by Bunnings.
10 am12 noon
12 noon2 pm
2 pm4 pmFinish at 4 pm or before if everything sold out
Clean up the hot plate when packing up.  Some Bunnings locations do this for you.