On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Boyfriend took me to the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Olympic Park. It rained on and off all afternoon so I was glad to be snuggly wrapped up in a sweater, scarf, coat and ankle boots. Parking was very easy to find and a free shuttle bus dropped us from the car park to the show ground entrance within minutes.
The Easter Show is filled with activities for the very young to the old from rides and carnival games to cooking demonstrations and shopping. Run by the non-profit organisation, the Royal Agricultural Society, the show has a large live animal section, wood chopping competitions and a stunning display of regional Australia made with natural products from each area.
Because it was raining, we ended up spending a lot of time indoors at the Fashion and Style/Arts and Crafts pavilion, the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome and the show bag pavilion. We attempted to watch the wood chopping competition from under an umbrella for just a few minutes before it became too cold.
At the Arts and Crafts pavilion we looked at beautiful and creative, prize-winning cake decorations and pretty items for sale.
We stopped at the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome to eat some piping hot, delicious meat pies from Pies by Mick’s Bakehouse. Other typical ‘show food’ includes hot chips, Chiko rolls, sausage rolls and hot dogs, hot dogs on a stick and cheese on a stick. So it’s one day where you can indulge on all your school canteen faves!
We spent a lot of time at the Woolworths Food Dome watching the end of Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) cooking show, looking at the regional Australia displays and shopping for groceries. Everything is a little cheaper at the show, so I bought two AWW cookbooks for just $25, down from the RRP of approximately $100, as well as plenty of bottles of flavoured cooking oil, tubs of dukkah and mountains of lollies.
Finally we stopped at the Show Bag pavilion where a Show Bag for around $20 to $25 is filled with goodies worth at least $200. I went a little crazy and bought the Women’s Health, Elle and AWW show bags, so now I have plenty of magazines, gym bags, healthy crisps, razors, eyeliner pencils, lip balms and towels!
Good thing I had Boyfriend to kindly help me carry all of the bags and cookbooks back to the car.
There are only a few more days left to go to the show. If you don’t make it this week, try to go next year because it’s a lot of fun! Tickets are around $40 for a day which, in my opinion, is well worth the afternoon of fun and games.
I hope you had a lovely Easter!