The Sydney Royal Easter Show is back and it’s as good as ever. Walking through the gates at 9am on the first day, we were some of the first of the 900,000 people expected to attend this year’s Show. We had a fantastic day full of fun and of course, food! The message at this year’s show is loud and clear: Support Australian Agriculture.

We were actually lucky enough to be invited to a sneak peak of the Show the day before it opened. Hundreds of volunteers were busy putting the finishing touches on the displays and it was incredible to see everything in place when we returned less than 24 hours later. There would have been quite a few tired eyes that first morning after, no doubt, working into the night.

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Our first stop on the first day of the show was coffee! Then, after getting a free manicure from the 2day FM display, we attended the Royal Sydney Talk and Taste session run by Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens. Ed, as well as the guys from Country Valley Dairy, Pepe Saya and Brasserie Bread, spoke to the small class about why they use quality, Aussie ingredients and traditional methods. We had the opportunity to observe the difference between $1 a litre milk and fresh, Country Valley milk, which was quite frankly, astounding. The opinions and knowledge shared by all of the presenters were so interesting and eye opening.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Talk and Taste Sydney Royal Easter Show Talk and Taste Sydney Royal Easter Show Talk and Taste

Next stop was the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome. We wandered around the hall tasting some more Australian made produce and listening to lots of people speak passionately about their products. Highlights for us were the De Costi seafood’s’ Wine and Oyster bar, the Woolworths stalls and the Mudgeeraba Spices stall.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Apples Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome

Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Sydney Royal Easter Show Oyster

As you know, we are huge believers in Jamie Oliver’s food philosophy, so we were thrilled to see him at the Show. We didn’t get to see much of his cooking demonstration as we were stuck at the back of the crowd, but we managed to get a few snaps of him and chase him down for an autograph. I’m not going to lie; we were acting a bit like teenage girls at a One Direction concert. Needless to say, it will be framed and placed in the kitchen.

Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Jamie Oliver Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Jamie Oliver

Sydney Royal Easter Show Woolworths Food Dome Jamie Oliver

After all the excitement of being up close and personal with our food hero, we needed to calm our nerves so we made our way to the Royal Sydney Beer and Wine Garden. $13 each got us three tastings of some quality NSW wines, some of which have even won Sydney Royal gold! Although we have challenged ourselves to only buying and drinking Aussie wines, we are now going to try and narrow it down to just NSW wines. We have heaps of great wines available in our neck of the woods and it’s so important to support our local industry.

Sydney Royal Easter Show Wine Sydney Royal Easter Show Wine

Once we were feeling recuperated we strolled through the chook barn before heading to the Food Farm. The Food Farm is a fantastic place for families to visit. Its interactive stalls can teach kids a lot about where their food comes from (and no, the answer isn’t the supermarket). Thank a farmer, play with a worm farm, guess the spices and eat a freshly made pie while you’re there. You can also buy a show bag from here full of all Australian made products.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Food Farm Sydney Royal Easter Show Food Farm Sydney Royal Easter Show Food Farm

Next door to the Food Farm is the Farmyard Nursery. Baby animals galore roam around this large enclosed space, happily accepting pats and snacks from visitors. All the animals here are from the same farm in Dural and are absolutely adorable.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Farmyard Nursery Sydney Royal Easter Show Farmyard Nursery Sydney Royal Easter Show Farmyard Nursery

Sydney Royal Easter Show Farmyard Nursery

Now of course, the Show wouldn’t be the Show without the most popular feature of all – the District Exhibits. The theme for this year’s masterpieces was commemorating 100 years of Gallipoli and how Australian agriculture was affected during this time. The exhibits, which are a year in the making, are full of thought and detail. The best of the best of the districts produce are used in these displays. It is not only the creation that is judged, but it is also the quality of their fruit, vegetables, grains, wool, wheat and nuts. From about 3pm on the last day of the Show you can buy produce that has been used in the actual display, but the districts have also brought along extra fruit and veg to sell during the entire show! We bought some passionfruit, apples and bananas from them.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show District Exhibits Sydney Royal Easter Show District Exhibits Sydney Royal Easter Show District Exhibits

Our final stop at the Show was the Arts and Crafts hall where we viewed the cake and sugar art as well as gorgeous homegrown goodies, including the 728kg pumpkin. It was great to see lot's of entrants from Western Sydney too.  

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Sydney Royal Easter Show District Exhibits Art Craft Sydney Royal Easter Show District Exhibits Art Craft 

Yes it's true, our day was so full of foodie adventures that we barely had time to visit the showbags not to mention the rides. But we did come back a couple of days later, bringing Mr 9 with us to experience the carnival.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Carnival Sydney Royal Easter Show Carnival Sydney Royal Easter Show Carnival

If there is one thing you take away from this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, besides show bags, let it be the message to buy seasonal, Australian produce.  

Disclaimer: We received complimentary entry to the Show. The views expressed in this post are our own.

 

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