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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food language.www.foodlit.com.au
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When was the last time you went to ‘the show’, which is what most of us grew up calling it as kids? For many adults, their last trip to the
Royal Melbourne Show was ages ago.

While it was a whole bunch of fun back then, since its refurbishment a few years’ back, it’s gotten a whole lot better. It’s more condensed, easier to negotiate, has a fresh new look as well as new attractions. It’s on from September 17th to 27th.

What I particularly like about a day at the show is that it can be tailored to suit any age and taste.

Animal, agriculture and horticulture lovers flock to the pavilions, judging competitions and Animal Nursery, while thrillseekers sit on the edge of their seats enjoying hair-raising stunt shows in the main arena.

Lovers of fine food and wine can hardly tear themselves away from the gourmet delights of the new-ish Grand Pavillion, full of wonderful produce, new food products, celebrity chefs and great ideas. I could quite happily spend my entire day there.

As for the kids, while of course they love it, I must admit that taking a day out without the kids if possible makes for a pretty relaxing, fun-filled, adult-friendly experience.

I mean, kids can only take so much looking at arts, crafts, plants and sponge cakes – and adults can only take so much dragging through showbag pavilions – and holding the lot while the kids hoot and squeal on the rides!

Either way, plan your day from the outset for the best benefit. If taking kids along, take a look at these great activites - or do them yourself if you feel so inclined!

The Royal Melbourne Show began as a ploughing competition in Moonee Ponds in 1848. How times have changed.

If you haven’t been for a while, or simply to get you in the mood, take a look at these images.
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Why? Bring out the kid in you.
When: 17th to 27th September
Where: Royal Melbourne Showgrounds,Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
Cost: Adults $28, Conc $18, Kids (5-14) $13, Under 5 Free
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