It’s the issue at the front of everyone’s minds on election day. Where are the best snags?
Thanks to Grant Castner, it’s a question we’re able to answer. In 2010, Castner created a website showing, on a map, registered election-day sausage sizzles being held nationwide. He’s been updating the site for every federal election ever since, and now gives you the opportunity to lodge a “SnagVote” for your favourite polling booth to get a banger.
Castner is not your average sausage enthusiast. With a doctorate in information systems, he originally created the site to help a friend who just wanted to know where the nearest sausage sizzle was.
“I looked online and there were plenty of other people asking the same question,” Castner says. “It was just a bit of fun and very small back then. I think it only listed about 60 sausage sizzles.
“It was [during] the 2013 federal election that it really took off.”
The site attracted more than 150,000 people during the final two days of that election, and Castner says he wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more this year.
“I’ve got about 1240 sausage sizzles on the site at the moment and the last few days I’ve been averaging about 10,000 people a day on the site.”
Currently leading the SnagVote polls is Holsworthy Public School in NSW.
There’s been plenty of interest in stalls with different options, such as international food; coffee; egg-and-bacon and spinach-and-ricotta rolls; bratwurst sausages; and vegetarian and vegan sausages. There are at least two places taking Eftpos.
All you have to do is enter your location and the site will tell you where there’s a sausage sizzle or cake stall closest to you.
But where’s Castner going to be on election day? “I’m going to my local polling booth in Buderim here in Queensland.
“I’ll just be getting a nice, basic sausage and probably going back for seconds.”