At the time of writing this, today being Saturday the 24th September 2011 marks the first day of the 2011 Royal Melbourne Show. The train left Southern Cross Station at 9:20am this morning, and it was already crowded with people from all different backgrounds to enjoy the first day of the show; held annually - and the great thing is you can go next weekend before the show closes on the 4th of October.
It is great to only travel approximately 7kms from the City and arrive in a different world where (if your game) you actually get to pat the sheep and lambs, and it was a miracle to be able to pick up a turkey; try to sit it on your lap and allow it to sit with you without getting too frightened with all the children running around, not to mention locals and visitors alike around them at the show. Where else can you go in metropolitan Melbourne to visit a farm of fun? That's right hardly nowhere.
If you love aromatherapy and/or enjoy a bit of R&R, then you must visit the Serendipity Lavender stand in the lifestyle pavilion. The best value show bag (by far in my opinion) is the $39 Serendipity Lavender show bag, which includes a generous serving of pot pourri and even lavender furniture polish to name. These beautiful items will set you back close to $80 if you brought them separately, and these items also come from a beautiful lavender farm.
The dogs are brilliant to see, although the owners would not be too happy if you patted them. However in the pedigree stand you are allowed to pat the dogs, and if your lucky you might get an opportunity to pat some bengal cats in the Whiskas stand. If you love animals and lifestyle, the Royal Melbourne Show is your haven.
If quality food and wine is for you, then you will love getting a repeat of the Good Food and Wine Show and Taste of Melbourne, as you will have an opportunity (at the show) to sample some beautiful food and drinks such as seafood mornay, and those Coon toasties for $2 a pop are a hit! Also the Good Taste show bags (two in total) for $10 is a great bargain, as you would probably receive around $200 worth of quality groceries in return.
It is so easy to get to the show from the City. Metro is running express services (stopping only at North Melbourne and Southern Cross Stations) from Flinders Street Station, with the last service leaving on a weekend from Melbourne Showgrounds at around 10pm.
Last but not least, the show experience would not be complete if it wasn't for the show bags. A show bag (or two, or three) is a worthwhile investment if you actually want and/or need the goodies on offer. One never leaves the Royal Melbourne Show (amen again for today) without a Bertie Beetle show bag to add to one's collection of show bags for the year. Just because you are an adult, it doesn't mean to imply that you cannot be a big kid once in a while.
There is something at the Royal Melbourne Show for everyone. Further information can be found at www.royalshow.com.au and tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Sounds delicious. I love a good food festival. Thanks. I wouldnt mind some seafood mornay. And the show bags sound like they could be fun. I love the childrens show bags, they remind me of when I was young. :)
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Monday, 26th of September @ 08:26 am
Hi Jody, that is awesome. If you are into quality food, then you will enjoy what the Royal Melbourne Show has to offer in 2011. The show bags are fun, and do remind many people of their childhood :-)
The show isn't so fun when the storms are brewing, and the cold winds are blowing. The train station isn't even undercover so you'll experience the full rain and wind if you're waiting for friends to get into the show together with, or waiting for a train (which thankfully is pretty frequent). On the day we visited this year, the show closed at 5pm due to bad weather and they gave new tickets for visitors to come back later in the week.
By Winnie - senior reviewer Sunday, 2nd of October @ 03:34 am
Agreed. The show is not the best in inclement weather. The good things is that your allowed re-entry for another day; although it would be inconvenient to some degree.