Eating the Ekka
Cathy Dee | On 18, Aug 2013
The Ekka signifies a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to me the Ekka has always been about food, first and foremost.
For years my tradition has been to kick the day off with a dagwood dog smothered in tomato sauce, a nutritious start I know.
Next on the agenda is a wander around the Woolworths Fresh Food pavilion to seek out free samples and see cooking demonstrations.
However the Ekka isnâ€™t just about eating food but displaying it as well.
Each year I like to check out the agricultural pavilion, which has exhibits made entirely of raw produce, made by Australian Farming, Girls Scouts and other organisations.
By this time Iâ€™m hungry again, or at least my Ekka brain is telling me I am.
My next stop is the Butter Board sandwich stall, because when it comes down to it what is better than two thick pieces of bread stuck together with mountains of butter and shaved ham? Nothing.
After this a walk around the Fine Arts display is called for. Competition entries not only include cookery and cake decorating but creative art and craft, photography and painting, drawing and sculpture, because by now a rest from looking at food may be required.
Of course this aversion to food doesn’t last long, as someone wise once said to me, the Ekka is not about being hungry.
With this in mind itâ€™s on to the next stall, the iconic Ekka strawberry sundae, the perfect ratio of cream, strawberries and ice cream.
This is, without a doubt, the highlight of my day at the Ekka.
Whatâ€™s more profits from the sale of the strawberry sundaes go towards the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, not such a guilty treat then.
This concludes my day, but fear not because the Ekka knows how much you love food and thatâ€™s why showbags exist.
There are hundreds to choose from but all offer tasting treats that will keep the flavour of the Ekka going for at least a little longer.