It’s Show time! The Perth Royal Show is on at Claremont Showgrounds until 6 October. Jac and I went to the Show on Saturday. We hadn’t been for five years and enjoyed a brilliant day out – we were there for a good 8+ hours. The images below capture the highlights of our day.
Show food and drink
We began our day with a Royal Show favourite – The Lamb Van, famous for enormous lamb shanks and hot roast lamb rolls.
We shared a roast lamb roll with onions and gravy. The soft bread roll was stuffed with slices of tender roast lamb, caramelised onions and smothered with lashings of gravy. There’s no elegant way of eating this but that’s why we came prepared with tissues and hand sanitiser for the aftermath.
A cup of cold lemonade hit the spot, tart and refreshing.
On the way to the IGA Fresh From WA Pavilion, I bumped into the Mt Barker Free Range Chicken, walking around as free range chooks do. He kindly posed for two photos (one for the blog, one for Twitter/Facebook).
In the IGA Pavilion you’ll also find Justin Bell and the team from Snags and Sons, Leederville cooking up $10 gourmet hot dogs starring succulent Linley Valley free range pork sausages topped a delectable combo of balsamic onions, housemade tomato sugo, pesto and parmesan.
My all-time favourite Show snack is hot buttered corn. There are two corn stalls at the Show where you can buy hot corn on the cob (AU$4.50) slathered in your choice of flavoured butter: herb, garlic, chilli or honey. Plain butter is available too.
If I was only allowed to eat one thing at the Show, this would be it. It’s too good to share, so we get a corn cob each – both with garlic butter.
The corn was so bursty, with every bite we took we spattered each other with juice. It’s both the hazard and pleasure of eating hot buttered corn.
Another item on my Royal Show To Eat list: a Dagwood Dog, sometimes called a Pluto Pup, the Aussie version of what Americans call a corn dog. It’s a red frankfurter on a stick, coated in batter and deep-fried, served dipped in tomato sauce. It looks terrible but I wouldn’t dream of a Show without a Dagwood Dog – it’s a tradition! We shared a Dagwood Dog and a bucket of crispy hot chips sprinkled with chicken salt.
The Dairy Pavilion’s another delicious place to visit, with free tastings of yoghurt, flavoured milk, ice cream and cheese – but you’ll need to be patient as it gets very crowded – the lines tend to move along at a snail’s pace and some people aren’t very good at moving out of the way once they’ve received their samples. As you work your way through the Dairy Pavilion, there are posters on the wall featuring Western Australian dairy farmers, which are well worth a look/read. There were once over 500 dairy farms in Western Australia; there are now only 172 left. It’s really important that we keep supporting our local farmers and buy local dairy products whenever we can.
Macaron fans, there’s a Jean Pierre Sancho popup cafe at the Royal Show (look out for JP Sancho bicycle cart) where you can buy macarons as well as gourmet burgers, coffee and ice cream. There are Jean Pierre Sancho macaron showbags too. For more macarons, check out Maison St Honore’s stalls set up along the verandah of the Agricultural Hall of Fame, where the WA Genealogical Society has a display on tracing family history.
10,000 animals are expected at the Perth Royal Show this year. We love to see the animals and always see as many as we can.
As you walk around the cookery competition exhibits, you may notice a scarecrow theme. To celebrate 2012 as the Year of the Farmer, The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia added a Scarecrow Decorated Cake Class in the cookery competition. There’s also a Scarecrow Class for each craft in the creative craft competition.
For all the beautiful, intricate work on display, I often wonder how good the cakes underneath all that sugar and fondant actually taste.
I’m much more interested in creative cookery than creative crafts, but I have a soft spot for tea cosies.
The Western Australian regional displays showcase the produce and primary industries of each region. The detail in some of these displays is incredible – a lot of work goes into their design and construction.
Sideshow Alley and rides
We did emerge with showbags – I only got one, my beloved Bertie Beetle (this year I got the Triple, incorporating Bertie Beetle Red, Blue and Gold showbags). Jac bought the Moreish Nuts and Oreo showbags. What’s your favourite showbag?
I want to end this post with one of my favourite photos of the day, snapped at the Camel Rides. The long-drawn guttural sound coming from this camel’s mouth was hilarious! Anyone want to suggest a caption?
IGA Perth Royal Show 2012
29 September to 6 October
Show hours are 9am to 9pm (certain exhibitions/pavilions close at different times – check program for details)
Seniors (Commonwealth or WA Senior’s Card holders) $16
Children 12 years and under free and must be accompanied by an adult
Students 13-17 (must have valid school ID or Transperth Secondary Smartrider) $13
Pensioners (Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card holders) $13
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 4 children) $65
More ticket info or buy tickets online (you’ll need a printer to print them out)
We bought our tickets online before the Show and got a $3 discount per ticket. IGA stores usually have an allocation of discounted tickets for sale before the Show too – those remain on sale until sold out.
Don’t forget – current competitions
Win a pack of NESCAFÉ Gold Single Origin Colombian Blend – closes 9pm WST on Friday, 5 October 2012.
Win a double pass to UnWined Western Australia – closes 9pm WST on Sunday, 14 October 2012.
Thanks to JD’s for the coupons which we used to get hot buttered corn, cinnamon donut, the dagwood dog and chips plus a toffee apple and fairy floss for the road.