Going to the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been a yearly ritual for me since I was a kid. While once upon a time, I went for the farm animal experience, it quickly transitioned into a focus on the showbags, and nowadays, the food dome.
This was the first year I was attending with little ones – made up of my boyfriend’s nephews and my kid brother. Special thanks goes out to Jamie who kindly sent me our entry tickets! Jamie is the guy behind the official Easter Show website and coincidentally, he was also someone I met when I first entered the advertising industry! I’m constantly reminded of how small the world really is…
So anyway, free entry meant an increased allowance in the number of showbags the kids were allowed to buy, haha 😉

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - great backyard pumpkin challenge

First stop was The Supercoat Dog Spectacular, a Flyball Challenge which requires dogs big and small to race in a relay-style team, leaping over hurdles and catching balls.
Second stop was the ABC3 trailer where the kids were filmed in a blue screen studio and featured on their very own CD copy of a selected TV segment. The special effects novelty factor was met with great excitement!
Third stop was the Flower & Garden Pavillion for my sister who is an avid floral designer in her spare time. Look at how gorgeous TAFE NSW’s display was! Plus the chair looked so delicate and soft, I just wanted to take a nap on it.
We also spotted the winners of The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge and wondered how many pumpkin pies could be made from it all.

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - floral decadent cakes by Tafe NSW

Keeping to a tight schedule, as the Robosaurus was only on twice a day at 12:20pm and 8:10pm, we then headed to the Main Arena and ducked in, around and under the crowds for a spot. Robosaurus is a metal munching, fire breathing car-niverous robot. The kids really enjoyed the massive breaths of flame.

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - Robosaurus

In between we also went into The Zone for a photo shoot on the NSW Police Jetski and had a go at playing with their metal detector.

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - at the show with kids

And now for the food. I managed to steer the kids’ attention away from all the greasy fast food and into the food dome where we had freshly shucked Sydney Rock and Pacific oysters, fresh lemonade, chocolate coated strawberries by Lush Berries and honey donut puffs followed by a mouthful of samples from other exhibitors.

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - fresh lemonade, oysters

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - chocolate coated strawberries

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - honey donuts, food samples and more

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - at the Woolworths area - fruits on display

I used to make a meal out of sampling foods but either the sampling has diminished or my appetite has grown!
Thankfully, we walked past a glass cabinet full of trophies and knew instantly that the trophy pies from Mick’s Bakehouse which are normally only served at their bakeries in Leeton and Wagga Wagga were destined for our stomachs. I was sad to discover that all the varieties I had wanted to try were already sold out, so I had to settle with the classic meat pie.
The crust was perfect and the gravy meat filling was hearty and piping hot. Was it the best ever meat pie? I thought it was a definite contender.

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - meat pie from Mick's Bakehouse

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - rides

Royal Easter Show Sydney 2010 - showbags pavilion and rides

We continued to stare in amazement at all the displays in the food hall but then gave in to the demand for showbags.
And I’m afraid, that was the end of this very long day. Once the showbags reached their little hands, all they wanted to do was to go home and play. Hmmm… while it was a fantastic family event, I might just go without the little ones next year… What do you think?
Sydney Royal Easter Show, 1 – 14 April
For more information, visit the official website.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.