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Royal Queensland Show - Ekka 2009 
10th-Aug-2009 09:09 pm
Rather than fight the crowds on the weekend or the Brisbane designated holiday (Wednesday) for Ekka like we did last year, we've taken 2 days off from work to go on Monday.

For those who not familiar with this symbol,
it's for Sunny Queen Farms.
xenalvr calls them happy eggs.

Best decision ever!

We arrived just shy of 10am and the usual line to get in didn't exist. We walked right through and were shocked that we could comfortably walk around without being jostled like crazy.

We wandered through the exhibits and displays of fruit, vegetables, plants and animals - all the time wondering where the people were. Maybe it's because we weren't there on a public holiday or swine flu is really keeping people away.

But since we've seen most of the displays before, we decided to dedicate the day to food, drink and the dogs. (^_-)-☆

So while I brought us a packed lunch to avoid going crazy on potentially bad food, I pigged out on:
  • 2 Dagwood dogs
  • 1 Strawberry sundae
  • Nibbled on the SO's hot chips
  • Lots of food samples
  • A sconner of VB
  • A pot of Bundy rum and coke

And yes, it was a bit of a pub crawl. (^__^;;)
Which resulted in the SO purchasing 6 bottles of wine and port at the end of the day. But that's the SO.

One of the more amusing displays was the llama vs alpaca, and seeing them beside each other, the differences become apparent.

Overhead this conversation between a teenage couple:
Girl: "I don't want them to spit at me."
Guy: "Those are camels that spit."

No, my dear man. Llamas spit too. (>_<)

Showbags have become increasingly crap. They are bag o'craps. Example: $12 for a handful of fun-size KitKats. Blergh. This is our showbag haul, which - as you will see - is mostly food.

  • $25 showbag from the Chilli Factory:
    • 1 x 240ml bottke Funnelweb Bite (Sweet chilli sauce)
    • 1 x 190g jar Double Trouble (Hot chilli wasabi mustard) - this is EBIL stuff!!!
    • 1 x 190g jar Kangaroo Punch (medium chilli capsicum salsa)
    • 1 x 50g packet Thomas Chipman Corn chips
    • 1 x packet mixed chilli seeds
    • 1 recipe book

  • $10 showbag from Kenilworth Country Foods
    • 1 x 165gm Garlic
    • 1 x 165gm Top Dog
    • 1 x 165gm Smoked

  • $12 show bag from Dairy Farmers Family Value:
    • 1 x Dairy Farmers tote cooler bag
    • 1 x 600ml Butter milk
    • 1 x 600ml Lite White milk
    • 1 x ice pack
    • 1 x 170g Thick & Creamy Field Strawberries yoghurt
    • 1 x 170g Thick & Creamy Citrus Cheesecake yoghurt
    • 1 x 250g Coon Colby Cheese slices
    • 1 x 500g Thick custard
    • 1 x 300ml Thickened cream
    • 1 x 250g Sour cream

  • $13.50 sample bag from Barbushco
    • 1 x 10g aniseed myrtle
    • 1 x 10g lemon myrtle - can't wait to make a cheesecake with it
    • 1 x 10g wattleseed
    • 1 x 10g rainforest blend
    • 1 x 10g Dorrigo pepper
11th-Aug-2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Cool! ^_^
12th-Aug-2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Actually, quite warm, but it was a cool event nevertheless.
11th-Aug-2009 07:39 am (UTC)
show bags!!!!!!!!!!! i want!!!!!!

see, happy eggs make you feel happier right? free range all the way! :D
12th-Aug-2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Do you have a similar country fair over there?
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12th-Aug-2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Nup, but I did have a strawberry sundae, which I luuuuuuuurve. Much rather buy a punnet of strawberries from the markets and drizzle my own dark melted chocolate over it... yum.
12th-Aug-2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
:( I love the Ekka... I really do but this year it's a no-go zone for me because of the pigger-flu. So perhaps that's the tack a number of Brisbanites are taking this year - either that or you just picked the right day to go.

That llama is beautiful in a llama kind of way.

Those sound like pretty decent showbags. I haven't gone to showbag alley for a while now because stupid, overpriced and seriously crap show bags have turned me off. I want them to bring back more of the old-style sample bags for companies showing their wares.
12th-Aug-2009 11:37 pm (UTC) - *pat pat*
We probably picked the perfect day to go: perfect weather and not the least bit crowded. You would've loved it, but you had other things planned. There's always next year... though what it'd be like after the renovations/construction is left to be seen.

Yup, there was no way in hell I was going to buy any of the candy showbags, cuz they are such a ripoff. The showbags I got weren't technically showbags, since most of them were bought at the Woolies food pavilion, not the showbag arena.
13th-Aug-2009 10:20 am (UTC)
i loved ekka....the flying pig, stunt car, arcades, the show pets, the rides...the rides!! my fave was the mean mother zipper. cracker of a ride.
13th-Aug-2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
No flying pigs this year, cuz the pig farmers didn't wanna risk bringing the swine flu back to their farms. Can't say much about the rides, since I have never been a fan of country-fair style rides.

Unfortunately crowd numbers are down 20% this year and while some are blaming it on swine flu, I believe it's partially cuz it gets progressively crappier every year. One whole section is dedicated to traders from Shenzhen and there are tacky China wig and massage chair booths in the show bag pavilion. Not to mention the candy showbags are severely overpriced.
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