BOGI Fair

The annual fair is one of the ways that the BOGI club promotes the benefits of organic growing and living to the wider community. It is also the main fundraising activity for the BOGI club. The fair day has been changed to the last Sunday in August and runs from 9 AM until 3 PM at The Peace Hall.

The fair is a free public event and includes all sorts of gardening information and demonstrations. Items are for sale, such as plants, seeds, fresh produce, preserves, organic fertilisers & pesticides, and more.

One of the main highlights of the fair is the BOGI competition where the produce from members compete in different categories. This allows Members and visitors to see what can be achieved organically in backyard gardens. The best part is that the organic produce is auctioned off at the end of the day.

Delicious and healthy food is available for purchase from the BOGI Cafe.

No dogs are allowed on the day.

See the 2016 BOGI Fair page for additional information on this year's fair.

 

Member's Involvement

The success of the fair depends on the active participation from Members in the club, whether it be providing baked goods for the cafe, helping on the day, or assisting at a BOGI stall. Members are also encouraged to recycle 200mm plastic pots with plants to help liven up the area. These plants are sold off at the end of the fair.

 

2009 BOGI Fair Pictures

Below are some pictures from the 2009 BOGI Fair.

BOGI Fair Competition

The Competition is a corner stone of the BOGI Fair. It is how BOGI can show the public that wonderful plants and food can be created using organic methods.

Rules for the BOGI Fair Competition:

  • All entrants must be current BOGI Members except for the children’s section.
  • All fruit and vegetables must be organically grown by members.
  • No soil is to be left on the roots of plants or they will not be accepted.
  • Entries may be cut by judges as necessary.
  • Entries in the Container Plant Section will only be accepted from Fire Ant areas with the appropriate DPI Permit.
  • Entries can be accepted between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm on the Saturday before Fair Day and between 7.00 am and 8.30 am on the Fair Day. No entries will be accepted after 8.30 am on the day of the Fair.
  • All food must be covered with clear cellophane or plastic wrap.
  • Entrants must recognise that this is a friendly competition between members.
  • If there are three or less entries in a category then only first prize will be awarded, more than three entries and a first and second prize will be awarded. New categories will be created if there are at least three entries of any item not listed.

 

Prizes will be:

  • First Prize $5 Voucher
  • Second Prize $2 Voucher (subject to number of entries received in a category).

Vouchers can be used on any BOGI Product (BOGI Shop, BOGI Books or BOGI Seeds).

Entry Fees: $2 for up to six entries, $4 for up to twelve entries


Auction of Competition Entries:

All entrants will be asked if they will donate their entries to BOGI to be auctioned after 2.00 pm on Fair Day. All entries not being auctioned must be collected between 1.30 pm and 2.00 pm on Fair Day, otherwise they are fair game for the auctioneers!

 

Competition Sections and Criteria

Please note – if there are several entries of any item not listed here on the day, a new category will be created.  Similarly, these categories are subject to change to reflect produce/entries received for the competition.

Fruit and Vegetables

1. Beetroot – 3 of any type, leaves attached
2. Cabbage – 1 of any type with outer leaves, with or without roots
3. Lettuce – 1 of any type with roots
4. Carrots – 3 with tops of any variety
5. Silverbeet – 6 stalks of any variety
6. Kale - 6 stalks of any variety
7. Spinach - bunch of at least 6 stalks
8. Cherry Tomatoes – Small plate with calyx or Large - three with calyx
9. Standard Tomatoes – 3 of any variety with calyx
10. Radishes – bunch of 3 with tops, any variety
11. Beans – plate of any variety
12. Peas – plate of any variety
13. Eggplants
14. Asian Vegetables – 2 of any variety
15. Potatoes – 3 of any variety
16. Sweet Potatoes – 2 of any variety
17. Onions/Leeks – 2 of any variety
18. Broccoli/Cauliflower – 1 head
19. Pumpkin - 1 of any variety
20. Turnips
21. Unusual Root Vegetables
22. Miscellaneous Vegies - 1 or 2 of any variety or small plateful for small items
23. Citrus – 2 of any variety with stalk
24. Strawberries – small plate
25. Pawpaws
26. Most Unusual Fruit or Vegetable
27. Miscellaneous/Tropical/Native fruit - 1 if it is large, 2 if medium, plateful if small
28. Herbs
29. Spices – 1 if it is large, 2 if medium, plateful if small28. Herbs
30. Eggs - 6 of any type
31. Basket/box/container of mixed garden produce fresh from your garden (may include vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers etc.)

Arrangements

32. Flower, Herbal or Mixed Arrangement

Container Plant Section

Container must not exceed 65cm x 40cm in size

33. Container of choice planted with edible plants
34. Container of choice planted with decorative

Conserves and Preserves

All to be in 250ml to 500ml jars/bottles.

35. Jar of Jam any variety
36. Jar of Marmalade, any variety
37. Jar of Pickled Vegetables, any variety
38. Jar of Pickles or Chutney, any variety
39. Miscellaneous conserve, preserve, butter or honey
40. Bottle of cordial or liqueur

Baked Foods

Must be covered with cellophane or plastic wrap

41. Cake - any type
42. Biscuits or Slice - 1 plateful, any type
43. Breads or other baked goods

Homemade Scarecrow

Can be made with any material, but must be made by the entrant.

44. Adults Scarecrow

Recycled Craft

45. Item made from garden recyclables
46. Most creative & useful worm tower

Children’s Section

This is open for children 12 years old and under. Entry is Free. Certificates only awarded.

47. Container planted with flower, vegetable or herbs (no more than 65cm x 40cm)
48. Patty cakes - 2 decorated
49. Children's Scarecrow
50. Children's creative decorated fruit or vegetable

Fair Contact Details

Email: bogifair@bogi.org.au (preferred method of contact)

Phone: 0435916577

 

BOGI Fair 2014 Competition

The BOGI fair competition is an excellent way to showcase the produce that can be grown organically in and around Brisbane.

If you wish to harvest your crop in time for this year's fair date of the 12th October 2014, then the list below gives you a planting date guide using typical time to harvest (check your own seeds).  Good luck with your entries and your chance to win the Colin Campbell Best in Fair trophy!

If you want the full version of the planting spreadsheet, then this is accessible to BOGI members who join the bogioz forum.  Details are in your newsletter.

Plant Planting Date Approx Time to Harvest
Artichoke 11 July 93 days
Basil 12 August 61 days
Bean, Broad 30 June 104 days
Bean, Bush 2 August 71 days
Bean, Climbing 2 August 71 days
Beetroot 2 August 71 days
Broccoli 28 July 76 days
Broccoli (Hong Kong) 18 August 55 days
Brussel Sprouts 11 July 93 days
Cabbage 18 July 86 days
Capsicum 18 July 86 days
Carrot 18 July 86 days
Cauliflower 28 May 137 days
Celery 11 June 123 days
Chilli 23 July 81 days
Collards 18 July 86 days
Corn, Sweet 11 July 93 days
Cucumber 5 August 68 days
Eggplant 27 June 107 days
Endive 12 July 92 days
Garlic 10 April 185 days
Herbs, Parsley 11 July 93 days
Kale 11 August 62 days
Leek 11 June 123 days
Lettuce 11 July 93 days
Onion 10 April 185 days
Parsnip 29 May 136 days
Pea 23 July 81 days
Potatoes 12 June 122 days
Pumpkin 5 June 129 days
Radish 7 September 35 days
Rhubarb 7 June 127 days
Rockmelon 5 July 99 days
Endive 29 July 75 days
Shallots 5 July 99 days
Snowpeas 2 August 71 days
Squash, Button 18 August 55 days
Strawberries 10 May 155 days
Swede 29 July 75 days
Tomato 7 July 97 days
Watermelon 12 July 92 days
Zucchini 12 August 61 days

 

BOGI Fair 2015 Competition

The BOGI fair competition is an excellent way to showcase the produce that can be grown organically in and around Brisbane.

If you wish to harvest your crop in time for this year's fair date of the 30th August 2015, then the list below gives you a planting date guide using typical time to harvest (check your own seeds).  Good luck with your entries and your chance to win the Colin Campbell Best in Fair trophy!

If you want the full version of the planting spreadsheet, please download it here.

Plant Planting Date Approx Time to Harvest
Artichoke 29/05/2015 93 days
Basil 30/06/2015 61 days
Bean, Broad 18/05/2015 104 days
Bean, Bush 20/06/2015 71 days
Bean, Climbing 20/06/2015 71 days
Beetroot 20/06/2015 71 days
Broccoli 15/06/2015 76 days
Broccoli (Hong Kong) 05/07/2015 55 days
Brussel Sprouts 29/05/2015 93 days
Cabbage 05/06/2015 86 days
Capsicum 05/06/2015 86 days
Carrot 05/06/2015 86 days
Cauliflower 15/04/2015 137 days
Celery 29/04/2015 123 days
Chilli 10/06/2015 81 days
Collards 05/06/2015 86 days
Corn, Sweet 29/05/2015 93 days
Cucumber 23/06/2015 68 days
Eggplant 15/05/2015 107 days
Endive 30/05/2015 92 days
Garlic 28/02/2015 185 days
Herbs, Parsley 29/05/2015 93 days
Kale 29/06/2015 62 days
Leek 29/04/2015 123 days
Lettuce 29/05/2015 93 days
Onion 28/02/2015 185 days
Parsnip 16/04/2015 136 days
Pea 10/06/2015 81 days
Potatoes 30/04/2015 122 days
Pumpkin 23/04/2015 129 days
Radish 25/07/2015 35 days
Rhubarb 25/04/2015 127 days
Rockmelon 23/05/2015 99 days
Endive 16/06/2015 75 days
Shallots 23/05/2015 99 days
Snowpeas 20/06/2015 71 days
Squash, Button 06/07/2015 55 days
Strawberries 28/03/2015 155 days
Swede 16/06/2015 75 days
Tomato 25/05/2015 97 days
Watermelon 30/05/2015 92 days
Zucchini 30/06/2015 61 days

 

BOGI Fair 2016 Competition

The BOGI fair competition is an excellent way to showcase the produce that can be grown organically in and around Brisbane.

If you wish to harvest your crop in time for this year's fair date of the 28th August 2016, then the list below gives you a planting date guide using typical time to harvest (check your own seeds).  Good luck with your entries and your chance to win the Colin Campbell Best in Fair trophy!

If you want the full version of the planting spreadsheet, please download it here.

Plant Planting Date Approx Time to Harvest
Artichoke 27/05/2016 93 days
Basil 13/06/2016 61 days
Bean, Broad 16/05/2016 104 days
Bean, Bush 18/06/2016 71 days
Bean, Climbing 18/06/2016 71 days
Beetroot 18/06/2016 71 days
Broccoli 13/06/2016 76 days
Broccoli (Hong Kong) 03/07/2016 55 days
Brussel Sprouts 27/05/2016 93 days
Cabbage 08/05/2016 86 days
Capsicum 03/06/2016 86 days
Carrot 03/06/2016 86 days
Cauliflower 13/04/2016 137 days
Celery 27/04/2016 123 days
Chilli 08/06/2016 81 days
Collards 03/06/2016 86 days
Corn, Sweet 27/05/2016 93 days
Cucumber 21/06/2016 68 days
Eggplant 13/05/2016 107 days
Endive 28/05/2016 92 days
Garlic 26/02/2016 185 days
Herbs, Parsley 27/05/2016 93 days
Kale 27/06/2016 62 days
Leek 27/04/2016 123 days
Lettuce 27/05/2016 93 days
Onion 26/02/2016 185 days
Parsnip 14/04/2016 136 days
Pea 08/06/2016 81 days
Potatoes 28/04/2016 122 days
Pumpkin 21/04/2016 129 days
Radish 23/07/2016 35 days
Rhubarb 23/04/2016 127 days
Rockmelon 21/05/2016 99 days
Endive 14/06/2016 75 days
Shallots 21/05/2016 99 days
Snowpeas 18/06/2016 71 days
Squash, Button 04/07/2016 55 days
Strawberries 26/03/2016 155 days
Swede 14/06/2016 75 days
Tomato 23/05/2016 97 days
Watermelon 28/05/2016 92 days
Zucchini 28/06/2016 61 days

 

BOGI Fair FAQ

Below are some questions which get regularly asked about the BOGI Fair.  We will add more detail as the fair date approaches.  If you have more questions please let the Fair Convenor know via bogifair@bogi.org.au

  • Where

The Fair is located at 102 McDonald Rd at the Peace Hall and adjacent park, which is under the Albion overpass.

  • How can I get to the Fair

The Albion Railway station is very close to the fair, and is a great way to get there.

  • Where can I park

There are no car parks within the fair venue, although there is street parking available within the surrounding streets.

  • Where is the nearest EFTPOS machine/ATM

While some stallholders will have credit card facilities, not all stallholders will, so it is best to bring some cash.  There is an ATM located at the Matilda petrol station on Albion Rd or at the Lutwyche shopping centre on Lutwyche Rd.

  • Map of stalls

A map and stall / speaker lists will be added to the 2016 fair page as details are confirmed. 

  • Is Organic produce for sale (eg fruit and vegetables)

Some stallholders will be selling fruit and vegetables, but it is not primarily a produce market.  The list of confirmed stallholders so far for this year are given on the 2016 fair page here

  • Can I bring my pet?

The park and hall area is not large, and we will have chickens and an animal farm at the event, so we would ask people not to bring their pets to the fair.

BOGI Fair Stallholders Information

The 2016 fair will, as always, be a great chance to spread the word about the benefits of Organic Growing and Organic Living to the wider community. Stallholders' participation in the Fair plays an important part in making this annual event a success.

We welcome your application to have a stall at our Fair.

  • The fair will be held on Sunday the 28th August 2016
  • The Stall Fee is $30.00.
  • Stall sites will be approximately 3 metres wide.
  • Tables will be available for hire for $15.00 each.
  • Stallholders must be set up by 8 am and all vehicles to be removed from the area by then.
  • Each stallholder must complete a Stallholder Agreement and return with Stall Fee to the Fair Convenor.
  • Brisbane Organic Growers Inc reserves the right of refusal.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact the fair convenor with any queries.

Return to the main 2016 Fair Page here http://bogi.org.au/2016-bogi-fair

Fair Contact Details

Email: bogifair@bogi.org.au (preferred method of contact)

Phone: 0435916577

 

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:

http://www.imalert.com.au/foodsafety/training/welcome.php?sub=brisbane

Donations

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

Recipes

Fritter Batter

Ingredients

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

Method

  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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Method

  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: bogifair@bogi.org.au (preferred method of contact)

Phone: 0435916577