GABS, Beer, Cider & Food Festival 2019
In the food and drink events world, GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest is quite unique in that one of the main event attractions are three huge Container Bars serving over 170 brand new beers and ciders made exclusively for the festival. It's an incredibly challenging project to deliver across multiple events, and the GABS team relies heavily on its host venues for support with logistics, liquor licencing, freight and much more.
The team at Sydney Showground have been fantastic to work with over the last three years, supporting us after our move from ATP to Olympic Park, and demonstrating a deep understanding of our requirements and adaptability to new situations. Our 2019 event was the biggest GABS Sydney yet, with over 13,000 attendees over two sessions (up 20% YoY). As we are based in Melbourne, we greatly appreciate the efforts Sydney Showground makes in meeting with us here throughout the year. It's very clear that the venue places a strong emphasis on building and maintaining great working relationships with its key clients, which is something we value considerably. Sydney Showground continues to be an excellent partner and we look forward to continuing our relationship into the future.
Mushroom Group, RNB Fridays Live
I have worked on a number of different shows with the team at Sydney Showground over the past few years. It was based on this positive experience that we decided to take our our marquee touring event in RNB Fridays Live from an arena to GIANTS Stadium at Sydney Showground.
The team at Sydney Showground were incredibly proactive in terms of addressing unique operational challenges that we faced due to such a large festival style crowd that were being entertained for 8+ hours but via a concert style format of 1 stage . A collaborative approach was taken with the Frontier site/operations team and the venues senior management team to expand the footprint and offer extensive facilities, creating a unique and unmatched Paton experience.
Their team went above and beyond through the sales process, their marketing team helped promote the show through their channels and the F&B team provided some innovative F&B concepts as well streamlined service process to ensure speedy service.
Ultimately the stadium show was a huge success, it was a sell-out, with the highest recorded attendance ever at GIANTS Stadium. The attendee’s feedback has been terrific. RnB Friday’s Live will return in 2019 to GIANTS Stadium at Sydney Showground.
Another successful World Travel Expo at the Sydney Showground with record crowds through the door over the two days. It's always a pleasure bringing our travel expos to the venue three times per year and working with the very professional and always helpful Sales, Planning and Operational teams.
International Productions has produced many events at Sydney Showground over many years including large scale dinners, expo's, plenary sessions and multi-day festivals. The team at Sydney Showground are always a pleasure to work with. The sales team understand our role as an Event Management Agency and show great respect for our relationships with our clients and suppliers. The event planning team see us as an extension to their team and this ensures that we all work together to ultimately get the right result for the end client. The team onsite to deliver our events are always helpful, courteous and professional and that makes our job so much easier - ensuring that the environment onsite is calm, pleasant and enjoyable. Sydney Showground is always high on our list of venues to encourage our clients to use thanks to their flexibility, professionalism and willingness to work with us.
Event Organiser, KCC
Initially we selected Sydney Showground for the Jeunesse Gala Dinners, due to the uniqueness of the venue (the Dome), their proven ability to work with large international incentive groups and the quality of the food and beverage.
From when we first met the Sydney Showground team in February 2017 to when we delivered the event. The Sydney Showground team have been a pleasure to work with throughout the sales and operational process.
Both events were a huge success with terrific feedback from Jeunesse senior management and those that attended the dinners. We look forward to working with Sydney Showground again in the future.”
Meeting Planner, Melchers Travel
The staff, I cannot express enough how awesome every staff member that we dealt with was. It is the first time in my career that it honestly felt like the venue were part of the team, and a very important part of the team at that. This was a difficult event due to the weather but everyone went out of their way to support us either through actions or those that could not just moral support, which meant a great deal to the team and me’
Just to reiterate what a great bunch of people we worked with from Sydney Showground, everyone from the top down. I am definitely an advocate of Sydney Showground. The venue also worked for our event so hopefully we will be back in 2019!
X Games Australia
I am writing to formally thank you and the entire Sydney Showgrounds team for the support and work on the Invictus Games 2018. From when we conducted the initial site inspection with you in December 2017, it was evident that we were going to be working with a collaborative venue that put their customers first.
Invictus Games 2018
The sales team were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable through the initial scoping stage and clearly had a strong working relationship with the operations and catering team. Everyone worked collaboratively to tailor an excellent offer to our very unique requirements, which later became Invictus Games House.
Throughout the planning and operational phases, the team couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful to deal with. Nothing was a problem and there was always a proactive approach to problem solving. Our requirements continuously changed in the lead up to and during the event and the team took it in their stride. They in essence became an arm of our operations team.
The feedback we have had about the venue from our team but more importantly the Invictus Games Foundation, the competitors, and their family and friends has been second to none. I don’t think any of our clients will ever forget Invictus Games House, where your staff catered for over 50,000 meals during our tenancy, whilst making our team and competitors feel like a home away from home.
I sincerely look forward to the opportunity of working with the Sydney Showground team on future projects and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your venue and team to other major event organisers.
Director Invictus Games 2018