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At GABS we celebrate delicious food to match our festival beers and ciders. We invite food vendors to showcase a variety of cuisines and outstanding dishes to complete the GABS experience. There is also an opportunity for our vendors to present on the Ariston Food & Drink Experience stage which features leading chefs hosting interactive sessions, tastings and cooking demonstrations. 

Would you like to feed our hungry beer and cider fans?

Expression of interest registrations are now open.
For further details on having a food stand at GABS, scroll down.



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Venue: Royal Exhibition Building

Dates: 18 - 20 May

Bump In: 17 May

Bump Out: 21 May

Expected Attendees: 21,000

Attendees Per Session: 4,200

Average Food Spend Per Attendee: $16

Total Number of Vendors: 15

Number of Sessions: 5 x 5 hours


Venue: Sydney Showground Halls 3 & 4

Date: 2 June

Bump In: 1 June

Bump Out: 3 June

Expected Attendees: 10,000

Attendees Per Session: 5,000

Average Food Spend Per Attendee: $18

Total Number of Vendors: 18

Number of Sessions: 2 x 5 hours


Venue: ASB Showgrounds

Date: 30 June

Bump In: 29 June

Bump Out: 1 July

Expected Attendees: 7,000

Attendees Per Session: 3,500

Average Food Spend Per Attendee: $17

Total Number of Vendors: 12

Number of Sessions: 2 x 5 hours



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  • + 2018 Food Vendor stall rates
    • Melbourne (5 sessions):
      3 x 3m stand: $900 AUD + GST
      3 x 6m stand: $1600 AUD + GST

      Sydney (2 sessions):
      3 x 3m stand: $600 AUD + GST
      3 x 6m stand: $1300 AUD + GST
      Food truck: $600 AUD (3 x 6m area) + GST

      Auckland (2 sessions):
      3 x 3m stand: $400 NZD + GST
      3 x 6m stand: $800 NZD + GST
      Food truck: $400 NZD (3 x 6m area) + GST

      Vendors with only sweet dishes (e.g. ice-cream) receive a 50% discount on the above prices.
      GABS takes a 20% commission of all gross food sales.
  • + How do I register to be a food vendor?
    • To register please complete the Expression of Interest form. Tell us about what you'd like to bring to GABS, the more info the better.
      At GABS we aim to have a variety of cuisines and dishes, bringing exciting and delicious food to our attendees. If we think you'll be a great fit for our audience, we'll send you further information to confirm your stand at GABS.
  • + I'd like to present on the Ariston Food & Drink Experience stage.
    • That's great! We love to have our food vendors cooking up a storm on stage. When you register for a stand, you will get the opportunity to express your interest and put forward an idea for the Food & Drink Experience Stage. In the past we've had leading chefs present cooking demonstrations, beer and food matching, interactive food discovery sessions. The sessions are approximately 45 minutes long and provide great exposure for your brand. 
  • + Are there any cooking restrictions?
    • In Melbourne, gas cooking and open flames are not permitted in the building. All equipment must be electric. 
      All of the venues are indoors and food vendors must ensure they don't produce excessive smoke.

General Info

  • + What's included in a 3 x 3m stand? 
    • - Shell scheme stand (white walling) 
      - Rubber flooring
      - 1x trestle table
      - 1x light
      - 1x Point of Sale device
      - Fascia signage across the top of your stand
      - 1x 15 amp power point (more power can be ordered directly from our supplier for an additional cost)
      - 1.5m Back of House
  • + What's included in a 6 x 3m stand? 
    • - Shell scheme stand (white walling) 
      - Rubber flooring
      - 2x trestle tables
      - 2x lights
      - 1x Point of Sale device
      - Fascia signage across the top of your stand
      - 2x 15 amp power points (more power can be ordered directly from our supplier for an additional cost)
      - 1.5m Back of House
  • + What's provided for a Food Truck? 
    • - 3 x 6m site (please notify us of your exact dimensions when registering)
      - 1x  Point of Sale device
      - 1x 15 amp power point
  • + What will I need to bring with me?
    • - Cooking equipment (please note in Melbourne only electric equipment is permitted)
      - Refrigeration, if you require additional space for a portable cool room, please let us know
      - Hand wash facilities with warm water
      - Back of house dry goods storage
      - Any additional trestle tables
      - Decor and theming for your stand
      - Food menu
      - Food vendor registration (Streatrader in Melbourne, Temporary Food Outlet Registration in Sydney, Food Control Plan / National Programme registration in Auckland)
  • + I need more power!
    • If you require additional power, you will be able to order additional points through our suppliers, Harry the Hirer (MEL & SYD) and Show Light and Power (AKL). 
      To help you work out how much power you'll need, you can refer to this info sheet here.

Stand Inclusions

  • + How much should I sell my food for? 
    • We encourage all of our vendors to offer great quality dishes at affordable prices. As it's primarily a beer festival we need to make sure our attendees eat lots in between sampling beers and ciders. All prices need to be submitted to and approved by the GABS team before the event. We recommend having at least a couple of dishes on offer under $10 and cater for a range of dietary requirements. 
  • + How does the Cashless Currency work?
    • GABS is an entirely cashless event. All transactions at GABS are made using Cashless Currency. We will provide a POS device for your stand, pre-loaded with your menu items. Following each event, GABS will return 80% of each vendor’s stand sales to the vendor, keeping 20% commission.
  • + When will the Vendor Rebate be paid?
    • GABS will generate a Tax Invoice on behalf of each vendor with the details provided, and pay the rebate into your nominated bank account within 28 days of the relevant event. Any account enquiries should be addressed to
  • + Tell me more about the Cashless Currency?
    • Each vendor will be given one POS device at no cost. Additional devices can be hired for $20 per device per day (deducted from rebate). Training in how to use the POS device will be provided onsite and it’s essential that all vendors attend. Further info will also be provided in the Food Vendor Manual.

      The security of each POS device is the vendor’s responsibility, and charges will apply for any lost, stolen or damaged devices. Devices will be collected at the end of each session for data upload and at the end of each day for secure storage. Cashless Currency is the only way attendees will be able to pay for food and drinks at GABS. There is strict no cash policy.
  • + What are the stand cancellation terms?
    • We understand that sometimes circumstances change and you may no longer be able to run your food stand at GABS. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible to allow time for us to offer the space to the waiting list. 

      If you advise us of the cancellation prior to Friday 2 March 2018, a full refund of the stand fee will be provided. Due to production deadlines for our Guide and other marketing collateral, if the cancellation is made any time after Friday 2 March, no refund will be provided.


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