City of Palmerston is stimulating small business growth through a trial of pop-up dining experiences. The new initiative will allow businesses to temporarily set up shop and showcase their fine foods to the public seven days a week – with two vendors operating from the site at any one time. Pop-up dining will be trialed in Palmerston during the 2019 dry season at Sanctuary Lakes in Gunn and will expand if the experiment is a success. Local vendors, such as food trucks and stalls, are invited to apply to what will be the hottest piece of culinary real estate in the city.
If your business is mobile, the Council is encouraging you to apply. Community discussion began in May 2018, followed by a consultation, which had widespread support for the project from the public and moves were made to get the pop-up experience under way. The new foodie hotspot will bring several benefits to the area, including building community spirit, varying the food options for Palmerston families and bringing people together at social gatherings. The Council is now looking for potential pop-up dining vendors who offer unique dining experiences and serve near restaurant quality food – bonus points if the ingredients are fresh and local. The dining experiences should complement and differentiate themselves from the existing food businesses in Palmerston. The dining program is open to any small business looking to spread their services and introduce their food and drink to a new market. To apply business are required to supply: a photo of the business, descriptions of the food served, photos of food items, size of the business and a food business registration.
Pop-up permit fees are a mere $25 annually.
The Pop-up Dining Information Kit and online application process can be found at www.palmerston.nt.gov.au.
Applications are open until Friday 29 March 2019.