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Ekka Survival List

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Published August 6th 2016
A quick run down of the essentials
Ekka fire fighters


After attending the Ekka on Friday, here's my round up of tips:

What to take:
Take a backpack and filled light weight water bottle
Wear a cap and an easy to remove jumper (think layers when dressing)
Wear sneakers or comfy walking shoes

Getting there:
Don't bother parking nearby (I saw rates at $30). The traffic was super busy.
Catch a train or bus and make sure you show your ticket for the discount

Planning your day
Pick up a map at the gates or print one off from the website.
Check the Ekka website for what's on and plan your day out, including some breaks where you sit down and rest your legs.
Get your free Courier Mail newspaper when you leave, because you don't want to carry it everywhere like I did. It does have handy lift out, but if you prepped online you won't need it.

Ekka lemonade


Inexpensive Food
You can eat on a budget at the Ekka with $2 cheese toasties, $2 mini dogs and $5 mac and cheese. Although you might need to eat a few of these to fill up.
Be careful when selecting your dagwood dog as these are priced differently and vary in size. I'm still recovering from eating one last year.

Ekka CWA devonshire tea


Recommended lunch
My recommended lunch option would be the awarding winning meat tasting platter for $15 and add on a cone of original, sweet potato or beer-battered chips from the Chip Tease food truck in the Gourmet Plaza.
Stop by the Craft Beer Taphouse and try one of the great Australian craft beers served by Beer Matt in the Woolworths Pavilion. Wet your thirst with Baxter, Two Birds, Feral, 4Pines, Green Beacon, Balter and more.

Ekka strawberry sundae


Support a good cause
Buy a firefighter's calendar with irresistible puppy dogs for $20. They are also selling Christmas card packs with the money from both going towards the Children's Hospital Foundation.
The iconic strawberry sundaes are $5 with money going towards the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.
Spend your morning or afternoon tea at the CWA Tea Rooms. The profits from their Devonshire teas, sandwiches and drinks goes towards the CWA projects and community, including their Young Leaders program, running the CWA office, Public Rural Crisis Fund and other worthy causes.

Take a selfie:
With the firefighters
With the Ekka mascots
At the Brisbane Council stand where can you select your own backdrop
Do not take photographs of the art work or the photography on exhibition it's not allowed and I got told off.
If you are taking a photo with someone else in it, it's always polite to ask if you can take a photograph first.

Ekka Bertie Beatle


Random tips:
If you want to go on a quiet day and avoid the crowds, then the best day to go is the last Thursday.
Boycott the show bags. My Bertie Beatle show bag for $6 and came with four plastic bags. This is not good for the environment. Do you really want to cart home a bag full of plastic crap which you'll never use? Do your kids really need more plastic toys?
Don't forget the new area in the Old Museum which is housing the quilts, flowers and garden displays.
There's a learning trail flyer for children.

Further information:

If you decide to go the Ekka this year, I hope you have a great time and please feel free to leave your tips in the comments section below.
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When: Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August 2016.
Phone: 07 3253 3900
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds 600 Gregory Terrace Bowen Hills Brisbane Queensland 4006 Australia
Cost: Various prices.
Your Comment
Brilliant suggestion re plastic and show bags!!
Awesome article- thank you
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 1101 days ago
Lovely article, Emma - had a good laugh with some of your tips - enjoyed it thoroughly!
by Elaine (score: 3|6475) 1106 days ago
This article if filled with excellent advice, Emma - spot on with everything from cheap food to worthy causes - especially those fire fighters!
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 1104 days ago
Thanks Elaine.
by Emma C (score: 2|246) 1105 days ago
Thanks Lucy.
by Emma C (score: 2|246) 1103 days ago
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