The Ekka returns with strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and all of the agriculture
The great state of Queensland quite simply has loads of things to be proud of. XXXX Beer, Savage Garden, the Story Bridge and Yatala Pies have all earned us some serious bragging rights, but there is one thing that makes our hearts swell with pride for the rich culture we have cultivated – the Royal Queensland Show (or the Ekka, as its more affectionately known as). This year the show celebrates an impressive 141 years (seriously, the only thing that’s stopped it since its inception have been the Spanish influenza and World War II), returning to its home turf of the Brisbane Showgrounds to celebrate the best of Queensland.
Whether you’re heading in with the kids, planning a night with your pals or kickin’ it solo, the Ekka really has got something for everyone. This year sees more than 300 free things to see and do at the show, so you can cast aside your ideas that you have to drop serious cash on the day. Furthering this sentiment is the return of the Ekka Twilight Ticket – after 6:00 pm, you can nab entry for just $20. This year also sees two brand-new spots opening up to the public – the specially designed CRT Pavilion housing all of the animals, and the major expansion of the wood-chopping arena. 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.
As the Ekka heads into the future, there is a whole heap of new additions hitting the festival this year. Between dagwood dog-eating competitions, karaoke sing-offs and a boot-scooting line-dancing hoedown, some of the key areas of the show have been even further improved. If heading to the show is all about the food for you, you’re in luck – this year sees the introduction of the Taste Triangle, a delicious dining experience anchored by new retailers Welcome to Bowen Hills, Bavarian Beerhaus and the existing Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. Whether you’re chasing cheap street eats or want to go all-out with some fine dining, this is the spot to find it all.
Ready to celebrate our great state and eat your weight in Bertie Beetles? You can find all of the ticketing information and programs for the Ekka on the official website.