Queensland’s largest agricultural event is back, and this year we’re going to play tour guide so you get the best experience if you go.
Held at the Brisbane Exhibition centre every August, The Royal Queensland Show, better known as The Ekka, is Queensland’s largest agricultural event, and was even described once as the most important thing to happen to Queensland since it separated from New South Wales!
Between 8 and 17 August this year, over 400,000 Queenslanders will descend upon the Brisbane Exhibition Centre for a week of food, wine and family entertainment.
We’ve put together a “What’s On” best-of so you don’t miss out!
Music: Ricki-Lee Coulter is this year’s headline act of The Ekka IgNites 360 – a night of fireworks, light displays and music every night from 7pm. Admission is free for all Ekka ticketholders.
Rides: Live some of the scariest moments in Hollywood horror movies as you take a trip down Hollywood lane in the Hollywood Horrors ride (admission is $10 per person). Or relive a little Grease lightening with the Rockin N Roll ride where the Pink Ladies will direct you to your chariot-a 1957 Chevy-as you race around the silver highway listening to some classic oldies.
Animals: Have a go at milking a cow and making cream and butter in the Milking Barn or over at the RACQ Insurance Animal Nursery you hang out with your favourite animal or wander over to the Shearing Shed and watch the shearers fleece a sheep.
Food and Wine: Discover the art of the cocktail and beer blending with beer expert Matt Kirkegaard at the Harvest and Hops Stage in the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavillion. Then head over to The Sunday Mail Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Stage and join celebrity chef, Dominique Rizzo, as she takes you on a culinary journey of food, wine and cooking.
Education: With models of early settlers, Australian bank notes, gothic stain glass windows and stories of migration, and much more, you’ll be stepping back in time at the Education on Show competition from school students across Queensland.
Fun for the whole family, The Ekka is not to be missed this August. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ekka.com.au. Enjoy!