From farmyard animals to sugar-filled showbags and heart-dropping rides, The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a whirlwind of childhood nostalgia.
The last time I went to the Easter Show I was eleven years old. The annual event run by the Royal Agricultural Society receives a mixed consensus, some arguing it’s too crowded and others too expensive. And whilst one can assume the show is more for the kids, my recent visit proved that it really has something for everyone no matter your age.
With my partner Alex in tow, we headed to the Easter Show on its opening weekend. We went at about 3 pm, and I definitely recommend going late in the afternoon when a good portion of the crowd has left after a long day. It’s easier to see everything and the lines for food and rides are shorter.
Naturally, the first thing we did was head over to the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome and check out the impressive produce display. We got to sample some of the fresh fruit and vege, as well as some of the hottest chilli’s in the world and a whole lot of vintage cheese.
After our snack venture, we ticked off the other Easter Show must-dos: the animal pavilions, dog show, cake decorating displays and the woodchopping competition before heading over to the Coca-Cola Carnival.
There’s something about the atmosphere of a carnival that just makes me giddy. It could be the screams of laughter and endless chatter, or the colourful neon lights and animated sounds of carnival games. Alex failed to convince me to ride the Slingshot so we compromised on The Beast, a jaw-dropping swinging claw that lifts you up into the air.
But be warned – the carnival is where your day can get pricey quick. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, scope out the rides and note how many tickets you’ll need for the ones you want to go on. That way you can buy the exact amount of tickets and don’t have to worry about wasting any.
Coming down from the adrenalin rush had our stomachs rumbling and was the perfect reason to enjoy the diversity of the food at the Easter Show. Cheese on a stick, corn in a cup, deep fried oreos…the list is endless. Our dinner was a mix of some of the carnival delicacies on offer: we shared pulled pork loaded fries, beef brisket, and chicken waffles with no regrets about our caloric intake.
It’s an unspoken rule that a visit to the Easter Show isn’t complete if you don’t take home a showbag or two. It can get crazy in there so I googled what bags I liked beforehand so we wouldn’t have to spend too long umming and ahhing. This was our last stop for the evening and a good way to ensure we didn’t have to lug around our bags all day.
A day at the Easter Show can be a long and tiresome one but the energy of the experience is unmatched. It’s the perfect way to let loose for a day of fun.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from Friday 12 April to the Tuesday 23 April at the Sydney Showground.
1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park