It’s show time! The Ekka celebrates 140 years of Queensland culture (and strawberry sundaes)
Some things are just so quintessentially Queensland that it almost physically hurts. If someone is to mention the Big Pineapple, The Veronicas, XXXX Gold or Stefan’s Skyneedle, we undoubtedly feel a twang of pride deep within – that’s a seriously impressive legacy in anyone’s eyes for sure. Jokes aside, there is one thing that stands above all as being the cornerstone of our state’s rich culture – the Royal Queensland Show, or The Ekka as it’s more affectionately known. This year sees the show celebrating its 140th edition, returning to its home at the Brisbane Showgrounds from August 11–20 to celebrate the best that our fair state has to offer across food, fashion and all things fun.
The Ekka is shaking things up for its 140th year, introducing some really cool initiatives as well as staying true to its roots as Queensland’s longest-running major event (seriously, the only thing that’s stopped it have been the Spanish influenza and World War II). This year, the powers that be have introduced the very rad Twilight Ticket, which gets you through the gates from 6:00 pm until late for half the price of regular entry. Another fresh addition sees an earlier fireworks show taking place as well as the usual nightly display in the main arena where all of the EkkaNITES action goes down. You will still find all of the thrilling rides, nostalgia-laden showbags, adorable animals and non-stop events of previous years, plus loads of brand-new surprises both during the day and when the sun goes down.
Let’s cut to the chase and the real reason why most adults front up to The Ekka – the food. Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with a cheeky dagwood dog and strawberry sundae combo (nobody likes a snob), there is actually a massive range of culinary options on offer in the show’s dedicated food precincts. The massive Woolworths Fresh Food Pavillion boasts roughly 70 stalls brimming with fresh and delicious local produce, you can feast on international cuisine at Gourmet Plaza and sink your teeth into some mouth-watering meat at the Royal Queensland Steakhouse. You don’t have to swoop in for the early bird special either, because for the first time the precincts will be staying open late. Huzzah!
Feeling that show-time spirit? You can check out the huge Ekka program and purchase tickets through the official website.