It's EKKA time!
Alicia Moo | On 14, Aug 2014
Remember all those years back when you walked in scoffing down fairy floss, playing the clowns and petting the animals and you walked out with showbags galore filled with boundless sweets and novelty toys? It’s that time of year again and the Ekka seems to just keep on getting better.
Now in its 137th year, the iconic Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will feature more than $2 million in free entertainment alone ensuring families can enjoy a great value event.
RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the show had been 11 months in the making and will offer visitors world-class entertainment, 10,000 animals and some of the nationâ€™s finest food and wine. â€œThe Ekka is all about celebrating Queenslandâ€™s best on show through recognition and reward,â€ he said. â€œThe heart of the show is in our traditions and this year features 21,000 competition entries across 11,000 classes in 42 categories. Itâ€™s about bridging the city / country divide and creating those great childhood memories that last a lifetime.â€
There’s something for everyone at the EKKA whether you want the thrill of the rides or the smell of the country. In my case its the food that calls. Taste the worldâ€™s best steak at the Ekkaâ€™s fine dining restaurant, The Royal Queensland Steakhouse. The mouth-watering menu features gold medal winning beef and lamb as awarded in this yearâ€™s prestigious Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Donâ€™t miss the amazing Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion with more than 70 food vendors on offer, plus our celebrity chefs at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Stage. Best of all eat all the free samples! And of course you it just isn’t EKKA without a strawberry sundae (or two) and a artery clogging but oh so devishly delicious dagwood dog!
And don’t miss the mind blowing delicate award winning cakes, you’ll spend jaw opening hours in wonderment and then of course head to the hustle and bustle of side show alley, maybe grab a turkey leg on the way and a fireman calendar.
For the first time in Ekkaâ€™s history visitors can enjoy two full weekends of fun with the show opening tomorrow on Friday August 8 and closing on Sunday August 17. The night program will also run for the full 10 days of show.
There’s still time to head down to the newly renovated showgrounds and treat your inner child and indulge your adult tastes.
Images sourced from http://www.ekka.com.au/