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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 10, 2022

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Iconic EKKA treats keep spirit alive

Iconic EKKA treats keep spirit alive
Emily Lowe

Although the 2020 Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) has been cancelled due to COVID-19, some traditions will continue with iconic foods to be served at the showgrounds.

Ekka Strawberry Sundaes and Dagwood Dogs will be sold at special drive through outlets operating at the Brisbane Showgrounds, with proceeds going to charity as more events take place online.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said although it will be different this year, they want to ensure Ekka fans can stick get their fix.

“When we announced the cancellation of the show, we wanted to ensure people could still get a taste of the show not just through online engagement but also ensuring our iconic strawberry sundaes were available,” Mr Christou said.

“It will bring people together online to interact, educate, engage and share memories in a year that will go down in history,’’ he said.

Drive through outlets and pop-up sites will be scattered across Brisbane from August 7 to 16, while local residents can also get Do It Yourself packs with fresh ingredients exclusively used to assemble the iconic sundaes.

Funds raised going towards lifesaving medical research for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation for The Common Good as they have for the last 30 years.

This year, one of their projects is research into Coronavirus and to develop treatments for the most
vulnerable patients.

DIY Packs can be bought here.

It’s the third time the event has been cancelled in 144 years, the first time in 1919 because of the Spanish flu, and 1942 in World War II.

Events such as Paddock to Palate, Prime Beef, Digital Photography, Wool and Bush poetry competitions will still go ahead, but organisers have come up with more ways for public to enjoy the show from home.

With ten days of online content to be produced on ten channels, people can still take part in the show, with meet a farmer segments, an interactive baby animal nursery, baking series, behind the scenes motocross content and more.

Mr Christou said Ekka 2020 Online will still showcase these modified competitions with extra behind the scenes content.

“Importantly it will continue to bridge the city / country divide by educating Queenslanders on the vital role agriculture plays in their everyday lives,’’ he said.

The online content will be available on the Ekka online website, starting from August 7.

A special one-off fireworks display will take place on Ekka eve to signal the 10 days of Ekka 2020 Online kicking off, broadcast live on the Seven Network.