Small, unassuming and simple - yet capable of getting entire youth football teams to international competitions. An oldie but a goodie, sausage sizzles are a tried and true method of fundraising and lucrative Saturday morning sausage sizzle spots outside hardware-stores are more popular than ever.
Last week, my daughter’s school raised over $900 towards their new playground, all in just a couple of hours and all through a simple sausage sizzle.
Why are they so popular, yet so effective? Where do we begin!
- Easy! Not to mention cheap. It’s a simple concept with minor logistics. You only need a few volunteers to man the station and this means you can run a roster system throughout the day – that’s if your stocks of sausages even last that long. Many businesses also like to support their local community, so are often happy to donate product for a good cause.
- There’s never a bad time. You can run a sausage sizzle any time of the year, any time of the day, rain or shine. I’m pretty sure it’s never too early for a sausage and many of those early bird DIY’ers can very rarely pass up a good snag as they make an early start at their local hardware store on the weekends.
- Temptation is everything. The aroma of a good saussie with crispy onions just lures the punters in. Many could easily walk past a sandwich, a salad or even a confectionery stall but the smells of a sausage sizzle will tempt even those with the strongest of willpowers.
- It’s a meal on the go. People don’t have to stop what they’re doing to eat a sausage in bread. It doesn’t require a knife and fork or too many additions – it can be eaten whilst most continue to peruse the shelves or keep watching the footie game.
Charred snags with onion, wrapped inside a slice of bread with lashings of sauce … The modest sausage should be a first choice for your next community fundraisers and I’ll be first in the queue!