FAQ  – Attending

What are the steps to take to participate?

You must have a ticket to attend either the Founder’s Luncheon or Foodpreneurs Festival. Once you have a ticket for Foodpreneurs Festival, you can apply to pitch at the Pitch Hub, have a tipple at the end of the day at Happy Hour, broaden your network at Collaboration Corner, showcase your product on Stickybeak Station and be inspired by what you hear from the speakers. Terms and conditions apply.

Why should I attend the Foodpreneurs Festival?
Foodpreneurs Festival is the only one of its kind in Australia. It is a day where foodpreneurs have the opportunity to pitch to a range of retail buyers from some of the biggest and specialist retailers around Australia and the world; travel down the ‘Express Lane’ to get expert help on how to grow your business and put more money in your pocket; showcase your great food & drink product on ‘Stickybeak Station’; rub shoulders with other foodpreneurs at ‘Collaboration Corner’; plus loads more. Foodpreneurs Festival is only held once a year and it is THE event every foodpreneur should do their darndest not to miss. Once you’ve got a ticket, you can apply to pitch to our retail partners. Terms and conditions apply.
Why should I attend the Founder's Luncheon?
A unique ‘Chatham House Rule’ style luncheon experience for emerging and challenger food and drink brand owners. An intimate setting to connect with industry pioneers, exchange insights, and rub shoulders with the people who ‘get you’ – your fellow founders  – all while cultivating valuable connections so you can build meaningful relationships and feel less alone. To learn more about this special opportunity click here.

And just a reminder that you don’t have to be attending the Foodpreneurs Festival next year to purchase a ticket for the Founder’s Luncheon (although you’ll get priceless sales and promotional opportunities for your brand if you do 😉).

 

Is the Festival just for Sydney-based or Australian-based Foodpreneurs?
Goodness no! Our retail and media partners, not to mention other foodpreneurs, Festival partners and sponsors, want to know about products from all over the place. We have brand owners travelling from all across Australia, New Zealand, parts of Asia and the United Kingdom to showcase their products. Buyers are also coming to buy for some of the biggest and specialist retailers from around Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and UK and representing a range of major retailers and department store brands for foodpreneurs to pitch to. That’s why we created this unique sales + promotion opportunity, to get more eyeballs on more emerging and challenger brands!

 

How do I get there?

Our events are typically held in centrally located venues in Sydney, Australia, easily accessible by public transport. We recommend using the Transport NSW website to plan your trip.

How do I check-in?

Rock up to the registration desk with ticket, and the Foodpreneurs Festival team will take care of you.

What time is registration for Foodpreneurs Festival?

Registration typically opens in the morning, followed by the event activities. The schedule will be announced closer to the event date.

What time is registration for Founder's Luncheon?
Registration for the Founder’s Luncheon typically begins around midday, followed by networking opportunities. The schedule will be announced closer to the event date.
Is there disability access?
Yes, there is disability access and the Foodpreneurs Festival has made every effort to accommodate different people’s needs.
Is this event for all?
You betcha it is. We believe in equal rights for all people, no matter their gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation.
Are children allowed to attend?
Of course, children under 15 are free and babies and prams are welcome too. Please note ‘Stickybeak Station’, ‘Express Lane’ and the ‘Pitching Hub’ are all child-free zones.
Do I need to bring my ticket on the day?

Yes. The quickest way to get through registration and start soaking up all that is on offer at the Festival is to have your ticket ready when you arrive. You will also need to show proof for the ticket type you bought. Please note, unless you are an emerging food or drink brand owner or a selected Founder’s Luncheon partner, you are not entitled to attend the Founder’s Luncheon and you must purchase an Industry Specialist ticket to attend the Festival.

If I don’t want to pitch to a buyer, can I still come along?

Absolutely! Foodpreneurs Festival is open to all foodpreneurs regardless of what stage of business you are at and interest in pitching. There’s loads on offer and the full event schedule will be released soon. Become a Festival Insider to be notified when our early-bird tickets go on sale.

Is there any storage at the venue?

No. We’ll be occupying every corner of the event venue allocated to us. If you are bringing more than a handbag or a tote, we’d suggest you plan well in advance and practise your packing skills. Once you put your 2 items on Stickybeak Station, the rest of your items will need to be carried on your person for the day or we suggest you find a public storage facility, such as lockers in a train station, if you need to store larger items.

Will there be products to purchase on the day?
Not this time. This is a business-to-business (aka trade only) event and whilst you’ll get a stickybeak of lots of incredible products, they won’t be for sale. But, keep an eye out for the brand owner and ask them where you can buy their products! 
Will there be food and drinks available for purchase at the Foodpreneurs Festival?
There will typically be coffee and tea provided at the event. Additionally, there are usually cafes and eateries nearby, given the central location and don’t forget we’ll have some drinks and nibbles at the end of the day.
What is ‘Express Lane’?

It’s your golden opportunity to accelerate your scale journey by sitting face-to-face with specialist industry experts. Read more about how you can save your seat here.

What is ‘Stickybeak Station’?

We’re in the CPG space, so we figured you’ve got to showcase your great food & drink packaged product! Read more about how your product can be showcased here.

What is ‘Collaboration Corner’?

Your pathway to new brand-boosting partnerships. Read more about how you can boost your sales and build you network here.

Can I attend virtually?
It’s predominantly a networking event. The purpose is to rub shoulders with specialist industry experts, other foodpreneurs and the opportunity to pitch to retail buyers. It therefore will not be live streamed.