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Chainsaw juggling, FREE food tasting & adopt a cattle dog
Try many delicious herbal teas at the Tea Tonic stand in the Fresh Food Dome. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show has added new entertainment and rejigged pavilions giving plenty of reasons to attend the 2017 Easter Show. All the main pavilions are indoors so even if it's raining, you can still have an enjoyable day out.
Here's 10 reasons why you should consider attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show these holidays:
The Space Cowboy Chayne Hultgrun holds the most Guinness World Records of any Australian. He swallows swords and juggles chainsaws, whilst riding a unicycle. If that's not impressive enough, he then does it blindfolded.
The Space Cowboy performs at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm daily at the Intersection, which is on the corner of Showground Road and Channel 9 Grande Parade (outside the Flower & Garden Pavillion, near the Ferris wheel.)
The Space Cowboy performing his unbelievable stunts. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Pet Pavillion The Pet Pavillion brings together a range of pet enthusiast groups and includes a mini stadium with working dog demonstrations (e.g. police dogs and cattle dogs), competitions, and shows. If you're the type to adorn your fur baby with glamorous sparkly clothes, you'll find plenty to choose from here. Be warned, you may also walk out the new adoptive parent of a greyhound, retired cattle dog or a hermit crab.
Adopt a retired working dog in the Pet Pavillion at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The Easter show is a unique foodie destination, bringing with it new creations; this year you can feast on Lasagna on a Stick ($7). For the hungry, the Neanderthal-like roasted turkey legs ($15), pork knuckles ($20), lamb shanks ($15) or pork ribs ($14) might fill your appetite.
One for the meat-eaters, turkey legs, lamb shanks and pork knuckles. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Cheese on a stick ($5) and Fresh Lemonade ($5) I love going to the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the Cheese on a Stick. It's sweet crusty shell made only better when washed down with a fresh tangy lemonade.
There's nothing like a cheese on a stick and fresh lemonade. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Create your own lipstick Located in the Arts & Crafts Pavillion, I'd never seen this anywhere else but apparently it's all the rage in Europe. For $45 you can design your own customised lipstick. Be the envy of all your friends as you show off colours based on your skin tone.
Create your own unique lipstick at the Fashion & Style Pavillion, Sydney Royal Easter Show. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The FREE tastings
The Woolworths Tasting Plate menu changes daily and the line seemed to move much quicker this year.
In the Fresh Food Dome you can give your tastebuds a sample of triple cream brie cheese at the Coal River Farm Stand, Western Star butter on toasted hot cross buns, and wash it all down with fruity herbal teas from the Tea Tonic stand.
Other free tastings include salami, beef jerky, roasted nuts, yoghurt, sushi, fudge, honey, chutney, crisps and of course there's plenty of wine to be tasted as well.
The Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is also a cheap place to grab a bite to eat. Here you'll find:
$2 cheese toastie
$5 salami cone
$10 - $15 Lebanese lunch packs
Tasting plate at the Woolworths Freshfood Dome. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The Little Hands on the Land
In keeping to the Easter Show concept of introducing city kids to country life, this hands on outdoor exhibit teaches them about the food route, from farm to shop. They can explore the chook shed, fruit orchard, farmers market and more.
The kids cooking school in the Woolworths Food Farm is always popular (near the Farmyard Nursery). This fills up so make sure you reserve a spot for your child.
The premium showbags
There are more premium show bags on offer like the popular Stella Athletic $28 (retail value $532.90) which sold out on day one and Men's Style $28 (retail value $365.92). The emphasis being on stylish bags, useful accessories (sunglasses, trendy drink bottles and healthy samples) rather than the blow up hammers and lollies of traditional showbags. Of course if that's your fancy then you won't be disappointed either with hundreds of showbags available ranging in price from $2 - $30.
Shop for eclectic gifts.
Where else can you buy home saunas, replica swords, 80's style arcade gaming tables, bags with kitten designs or find a whole store of onesies? - Only at The Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The Home Garden & Lifestyle Pavillion, World Bazaar, Fashion and Style Pavillion and the Kids World Pavillion are all full of unique gifts you won't find in a Westfield shopping centre.
This gaming table with over 5000 games can be bought in the World Bazaar. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Stock up on all your swords, shields and cutlasses. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Pick up a new hobby
In the Flower & Garden and the Arts & Crafts Pavillions you'll have a chance to meet some of the artists and craft makers who have their designs displayed. Many are part of clubs like the Australian Society of Calligraphers who appreciate the delicate art of lettering and book arts. They hold regular workshops to learn and practice the skill of calligraphy. Other groups include gardening and baking.
Calligraphy, flower arranging and baking are all represented at the Easter Show. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
When you consider the variety of entertainment (from animal shows to motorcycle stunt riders), the free food tastings, the art, photography and cake exhibitions, the kids shows, the educational benefit for kids and the free public transport, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a fantastic option these school holidays.
April 19 is the last day of the show and is Childrens day meaning all kids are only $12.50 or visit after 4pm on any day for a twilight pass where kids are only $10.
See cute fluffy animals galore at the Easter Show. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Cost:Adult entry $41.50, Child $26, Concession $31.50 (cheaper if purchased at Woolworths or online). 2 day passes, Family passes and VIP passes (multiple show entry days) are all available online but not at the gate.