BOGI Fair Volunteers

Simply put, without the many volunteers who assist before, during, and after the BOGI Fair day, the event would not continue to be the success it has been over a number of years now.

Joining in is a fantastic way to get to meet others in the club and get more out of your BOGI experience.

Set up/Preparation

  • from 1.30 to 4.30 Saturday afternoon before the fair
  • from 6am Sunday (on the day of the fair) for setting up stalls and display gardens, and 
  • from 7.30am Sunday (on the day of the fair) in the Kitchen for the Cafe and BBQ

During the Fair

The fair is officially open from 9am until 3pm and BOGI members will be helping out at the following BOGI enterprises:

  • BOGI Store
  • BOGI Books
  • BOGI Seeds
  • BOGI Corner Store
  • BOGI Cafe
  • Raffle
  • Demonstrations/Presentations
  • Membership and Information
  • Members' Competition

Clean Up

There will be cleaning up afterwards from 3 to 4pm on the Sunday of the fair.

Cafe Helpers

If you wish to volunteer in the cafe, the Brisbane City Council provides a training video via this link which is useful to understand good hygiene and food preparation practice:


BOGI members often have great plants not readily available at the garden centre that can help new gardeners get their gardens underway.  There are also plenty of spare plastic pots at the BOGI shop, so we ask people to pot up some plants, seeds etc so that they will be looking good by October for sale at the Corner Store or in the display gardens.  Display plants are auctioned off at the end of the day.

The BOGI Cafe is a welcome rest spot after a warm morning out in the park, and with the help of donations and volunteers it has a great reputation for delicious home cooked goodies.  Below are a list of items needed:

  • Vegetable Quiche (in lamington sized tray, no pastry base ie vegetarian and gluten free)
  • Fritter Batter (recipe below)
  • Pikelets
  • Pumpkin Scones (recipe below)
  • Muffins
  • Plain Patty Cakes (to be made into butterfly cakes on the day)
  • Decorated Patty Cakes
  • Slices (in lamington sized tray, not cut up)
  • Chocolate crackles with pure icing sugar
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (for sandwiches)
  • Variety of vegetables for fritters (needed early on the day of the fair)
  • Salad vegetables (needed early on the day of the fair)
  • Other items eg eggs, butter, fruit, jam etc


Fritter Batter


  • 2 cups plain flour, pinch salt, 2 eggs, 2tbsp cooking oil, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup water


  1. Mix four and salt in bowl
  2. Beat eggs, oil, milk and water together
  3. Gradually mix into dry ingredients
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to add herbs and vegetables just before cooking
  5. Fry in oil in pan until lightly browned

Pumpkin Scones


  • 1 tbsp butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 egg, 1 cup mashed pumpkin (cold), 2 1/4 cup SR flour (or 2 1/4 cups plain flour and 4 1/2 tsp baking powder)


  1. Beat butter, sugar and salt in a bowl
  2. Beat in egg
  3. Mix in pumpkin, then flour
  4. Flatten to about 2 or 3cm thick on floured scone tray
  5. Cook in hot oven (225-250°C) for about 15-20 minutes
  6. Serve warm

If you can help with any of the above, please either put your name down on the list at the monthly members meeting or contact the fair convenor.

Fair Contact Details

Email: (preferred method of contact)

Phone: 0435916577