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Expression of Interest

2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the Ballarat Begonia Festival. To celebrate this milestone, the festival is planning a 10-day event, beginning with a long-weekend of activities based in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

The 2022 Festival will be held from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 March from 10am to 5pm daily. 

The City of Ballarat is offering an opportunity for a business to operate the Begonia Courtyard, a food and beverage area for the 2022 Begonia Festival from within the Robert Clark Centre Courtyard. 

The Courtyard must be operated for the ten days and remain open for business from 10am until 5pm daily (festival operating hours). The City of Ballarat would like to explore with the successful contractor the opportunity to deliver an exclusive dinner in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on the first Friday evening of the festival. 

The largest segments who attend the festival are 31-50 year old couples and family groups. This encompasses horticultural enthusiasts, visitors with culinary, and family fun seekers. The City of Ballarat conducts an extensive marketing campaign to promote the festival that focuses on the Ballarat region, large sections of regional Victoria, extension into Melbourne, as well as interstate.  

If you would like to submit an expression of interest in operating the courtyard at the festival, please complete the online form no later than Friday 17 December 2021.

Please note: submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee you to trade at the event; should your EOI be successful you will be notified via email of the EOI outcome. 

Successful applicant will have to supply:

  • Alcohol and produce stock for sale. 
  • Staff to operate the area throughout the Festival.
  • Till and till management.
  • Provide all equipment as required, this could include:  dish / glass washer cool room and ice catering equipment such as glasses, plates, cutlery, tea towels etc.  
  • Furniture for outdoor seating (the City of Ballarat can provide bench tables, bench seating and umbrellas through their furniture hire company, costs would be passed on to successful applicant).  
  • Entertainment to complement the ‘Courtyard’ experience  (can be a mixture of both recorded and live performances).  

Key dates and times

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Expression of interest open. 
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Expression of interest due. 
  • Friday 7 January 2022 – Successful / Unsuccessful communications. 
  • Monday 7 March 2022 (from 8am) – Festival bump-in commences. 
  • 11- 20 March 2022 (10am to 5pm daily) – Begonia Festival. 
  • 11- 20 March 2022 (before 9am) – Re-stocking during the Festival. 
  • Sunday 20 March 2022 (from 6pm) Festival bump-out. 
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022 (from 8am to 5pm) Festival bump-out continued. 

Key Information

Location: The Robert Clark Centre Courtyard 

  • Approx. 250sqm outdoor space
  • Access to the Robert Clark Centre kitchen and indoor room for storage
  • Toilets are available inside the Robert Clark Centre 
  • Area aims to be relaxing tranquil food and beverage experience

City of Ballarat will provide:

  • Free use of the Robert Clarke Centre courtyard and kitchen.
  • Promotion of the offering via the Festival website and social media.
  • Signage at the Festival.
  • Supplier list for the Festival (suppliers / performers and the like), if requested.

Expression of Interest Form

To register your interest please complete the below form.

Contact Name
Business Address:
Menu / products for sale:
Please mark vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.    PLEASE NOTE:  Council aligns with the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices Guidelines and follows a Traffic Light System, which classifies food and drinks into three categories according to their nutritional value: Green, Amber and Red. 
Sustainability / Packaging:
Please list any packaging item. PLEASE NOTE: The Begonia Festival aims to be a single-use (PET & fossil-fuel based) plastic free event. E.g. reusable / compostable packaging allowed only. No single-use plastic bags.
Do you require access to power?
If YES, please list ALL electrical equipment you will utilize and the associated amps: 
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL electrical equipment must have current testing and tagging prior to the festival.   
Images of your product (for marketing purposes)  / A current copy of your public liability insurance; minimum value of $20million.  / A current copy of your Certificate of Registration (from your council / shire).  / A current copy of your RSA certificate  / A menu, including prices and outlining vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free items. 
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    2022 Begonia Festival Courtyard Terms and Conditions


    The festival is seeking businesses that offer high quality and affordable family friendly food & beverage options.  Businesses must also take pride in the presentation of their site.   

    Whilst the festival can provide power, businesses are required to provide ALL equipment and infrastructure including fridges and cool-rooms, lighting, power leads and power boards. Equipment must be suitable for outdoor use and have current testing-and-tagging by a certified electrician. 

    It is essential that businesses meet the regulations and requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 and the Food Act 1984 as well as hold a limited temporary liquor license from the VCGLR. Vendors must have a valid WorkCover insurance policy and provide a current copy of their public liability insurance to the minimum value of $20million. Businesses and their staff must also complete the City of Ballarat’s compulsory online contractor induction prior to the festival. 

    NOTE: Should the festival fall on a day that is declared to be a ‘code red catastrophic’ fire danger, the festival will be cancelled. 


    A high-level of both personal and site presentation is expected. The City of Ballarat reserves the right to prohibit any business from trade should the quality of their site be deemed unsatisfactory. Businesses may be given an opportunity to rectify their site in negotiation with the City of Ballarat. 


    The festival is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 March 2022. The courtyard must be fully operational and open for trade throughout the festival times. 


    Access to the festival site will be on the following dates and times: 

    Bump-in / set-up / delivery vehicles

    Wednesday 9 March 2022 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Access to site will be provided from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday 9 March 2022. Third-party providers (eg. couriers) can also deliver items to the site at these times. Please ensure you are onsite to receive all deliveries from your third-party provider/s as festival staff will not be responsible for the safety or storage of your items. 

    Festival period – delivery and access times

    Saturday 12 – Sunday 20 March 2022 – 8:00am to 9:00am

    Access to re-stock sites during the festival will only be granted from 8:00am until 9:00am each morning. Please note that earlier access may be arranged upon prior written approval. All non-essential vehicles must be relocated offsite by no later than 9:00am during the festival period. Please note vehicle movements are prohibited after 9:00am. .

    Bump-out / pack-up / delivery vehicles

    Sunday 20 March 2022 – From 6:00pm

    Bump-out may commence from 6:00pm on Sunday 20th March 2022. 

    Tuesday 21 March 2022 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

    The festival site will re-open for bump-out from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, 10 March.  Please note that earlier access may be arranged upon prior written approval. 


    Please notify all third-party providers of the specified bump-in and bump-out dates and times, and the 8:00am to 9:00am delivery period each morning of the festival. Please ensure third-party providers have completed a Vehicle Permit Form prior to access and that festival staff are contacted upon arrival. 


    A vehicle schedule for bump-in, bump-out and delivery will be developed to provide clear direction and instruction to vendors. This schedule will minimise traffic congestion and increase the safety throughout the festival site. It is therefore imperative that personnel arrive and depart at their pre-specified times.  


    There will be a designated parking area adjacent to the festival site. During the festival period, all non-essential vehicles must be removed from site by no later than 9:00am. Further information shall be provided closer to the festival.  


    Each person will be allocated a specific vehicle entrance point for the festival. The designated entrance will be relevant to the height of the vehicle and the designated location within the festival. Due to site conditions (narrow pathways and low hanging branches) it is imperative that only the designated entrance point is used.  

    Upon arrival personnel will be directed to their specific site by festival staff. For safety, vehicle movements must be kept to a minimum and vehicles must give way to pedestrians. Care must be taken, and vehicles must travel no faster than walking-pace. Each vehicle must have a designated spotter in high-vis clothing to ensure safe vehicle movements. Vehicles must ensure their hazards lights are on when moving within the site. 

    At the festival, all non-essential vehicles must be offsite by 9:00am. Vehicle movements are prohibited within the festival site between 9:00am until 6:00pm each day. Further information around vehicle access shall be provided closer to the festival.


    The City of Ballarat will not be responsible for businesses and / or their staff, nor for the safety of equipment, infrastructure and possessions. Businesses are required to have for the duration of the festival (including bump-in and bump-out periods) current public liability insurance to the minimum of $20million, naming the City of Ballarat as an interested party. Failure to provide a current copy of your public liability insurance will deem your application void and access to the festival will not be permitted. 


    All persons working (paid or unpaid) at the festival must complete the City of Ballarat’s compulsory online contractor induction prior to accessing the festival site. At the completion of the contractor induction, a contractor card can be printed and should be carried with personnel at the festival. A link to the contractor induction will be provided to successful applicants.


    Businesses are responsible for providing a safe workplace and must comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 and the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2007. By signing this document, you acknowledge that you have a valid WorkCover insurance policy covering your employees and subcontractors. 

    Further information can be found in the booklet A Guide for Employers Your WorkCover Insurance here.

    Please note: WorkCover will conduct inspections on site prior to and during the festival.


    Businesses must supply ALL power leads and power boards, suitable for outdoor use, required to operate their site.   

    Please ensure that all leads, power boards, and electrical equipment have been tested-and-tagged by a certified electrician prior to the festival. The tag must clearly show the test date and the next scheduled test and inspection date.  Please note that if electrical equipment is not tested-and-tagged and / or within the next scheduled test and inspection date it will not be permitted at the festival.  


    A limited supply of waste and recycle bins are provided at the festival. All traders are requested to limit their packaging and waste.  Businesses are also encouraged to adopt environmentally friendly practices and provide food and beverage in reusable or biodegradable vessels. Traders are required to remove all sullage / liquid waste from the festival and dispose of it off-site. 


    We aim to protect the sales of all food and beverage vendors by reducing competition for the same items. Therefore, once menus have been finalised, vendors are not permitted to sell items that are not listed on this form without prior written approval from festival staff.  


    Streatrader is the online system for businesses and community groups to register and notify their temporary and mobile food / beverage premises with their registering council. Streatrader allows businesses and community groups to: 

    • Apply for a Food Act registration (with your registering council). 
    • Manage your registration. 
    • Lodge Statements of Trade for each event.  

    Prior to the festival you must be registered via the Department of Health’s Streatrader. 


    It is a requirement that you maintain a Food Safety Plan and provide a copy to festival staff upon request. If you do not have an approved food safety plan, one can be developed by using the Department of Health and Human Service’s template here or by calling the Department’s Food Safety Unit hotline on 1300 364 352.  

    Environmental Health Officers from the City of Ballarat will be present throughout the festival and reserve the right to prohibit trade if food vendors do not adhere to health and hygiene requirements.  


    For the use of cooking equipment, you must have a portable, in-date, tested-and-tagged fire extinguisher. A fire blanket is also required. If you are cooking with gas, please refer to the document ‘Code of Practice for the safe use of LP Gas at public events in Victoria’ from the Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) website here. If you are using gas bottles, you must ensure they are certified by ESV. Solid fuel cooking equipment is not permitted without proper guards or barriers.  

    Should any day of the festival be declared a Total Fire Ban, vendors wishing to operate a barbecue or stove must have a permit from the Country Fire Authority (CFA).  


    Drinking water is available within the festival site from various locations. Please consider your hand-wash set-up as it is essential that vendors have adequate hand-washing facilities according to regulation. Liquid waste must also be disposed of off-site. 


    The City of Ballarat and the Ballarat Begonia Festival have a focus on sustainability and aim to reduce plastic waste. We encourage all successful stallholders to identify ways to reduce waste. The Begonia Festival aims to be a single-use (PET & fossil-fuel based) plastic free event. 


    Throughout the festival, first aid staff will be in attendance and can be alerted to an emergency via festival staff or volunteers. Should an emergency (or a near miss) occur, you must contact festival staff immediately. 


    Festival activities and trade conclude each night at 5:00pm, from which security guards have a constant presence throughout the site. Whilst the festival provides security it will not be held liable for any thefts, damage or losses from the site. 


    The City of Ballarat encourages a smoke-free environment. Staff must maintain a professional and courteous manner always. Staff are not permitted to smoke within the festival grounds. 

    Staff must work free of the effects of drugs and / or alcohol. Two designated red-line-areas have been identified within the festival footprint for the sale and consumption of alcohol. Outside these areas, alcohol is prohibited from being sold, provided or consumed. 


    This agreement pertains to you and therefore you cannot transfer, dispose of, part with, or otherwise sublet the whole or part of your site for financial consideration or otherwise, without prior approval and written consent from the City of Ballarat. 


    No sales, advertising, signage or displays shall be permitted anywhere outside the boundary of your allocated site. Hand-written signage is not permitted. Businesses are not permitted to display third-party signage and / or branding which conflicts with the City of Ballarat and its sponsors. 


    There must be no penetration of the ground at the festival due to the extensive in-ground watering and utility systems within the Botanical Gardens. Any temporary structures must be appropriately weighted with concrete weights as an alternative to pegging. 


    Should you wish to run a competition at the festival, prior written approval must be obtained in advance from festival staff. 


    The City of Ballarat will engage the services of an official photographer. By signing your agreement to these terms and conditions you also provide written consent for the City of Ballarat (Ballarat Begonia Festival) to retain copyright and ownership of all photographic images taken of you, your staff or display during the festival. It also acknowledges that you agree to allow the City of Ballarat (Ballarat Begonia Festival) to use these images for promotional purposes without consultation and that you relinquish all rights to any payments or profits gained from the use of these images.


    Should you wish to withdraw from the festival, you must do so in writing to festival staff as soon as possible. Should you withdraw your application following a signed agreement being returned to the City of Ballarat cancellation fees may apply. 

    The City of Ballarat reserves the right to cancel any trader at any time at its discretion. 


    This is a COVIDSafe event held under the current government guidelines.

    As a condition of participation/attendance, proof of vaccination status will be required for stallholders, contractors and attendees 12+ years and over.

    You will also be required to

    1. Check-in via the Service Victoria App.
    2. Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
    3. Practice good hand and cough hygiene.
    4. Wear a face covering if required.
    5. Follow all reasonable safety instructions and attend any required pre-event briefing to address key safety measures
    6. Take care of your own wellbeing and that others.
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