Sydney Royal Easter Show 200918

Posted on April 21, 2009 by ChristieEvents, Taste Tests

[*THE* reason to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show – dagwood dogs!]

As I entered the gates my mind was focused on my first mission – find a dagwood!

I didn’t actually find one until an hour later, after I’d got soaking wet from a sun shower and just missed out on seeing the Racing and Diving Pigs, the only show I wanted to see. I’m sorry I missed you Smokey. I’ll see you one day.

But back to the dagwood dogs… also known as pluto pups these little babies are pure carnival food. They’re a juicy and salty frankfurter on a stick covered in batter and deep fried so that the outside is crisp and the dough closest to the sausage is spongy, much like a doughnut. Then they’re dipped in tomato sauce and eaten with gusto (not ladylike at all).

I was all carb-ed out afterwards and super dehydrated. It was salty. Good salty.

[‘Chopping’ potatoes using a drill. Hmmm, original.]

About an hour before the dagwood we came across this stand for curly fries. Totally intrigued I had to order a plate. The staff were using real potatoes shoved onto a metal rod and pushed with a drill to slice the potatoes into long curly strips. I loved the way the skin was left on and it crisped up nicely in the fryer.

Although Dillon rightly noted that they should be more savvy with disguising that it’s a simple drill being used. He thinks they should build some fancy cover over the drill so that people don’t copy their idea. He’s always thinking clever things like that.

[Now that’s some REAL chopping! Go boys!]

I love wood chopping! My heart was beating fast as we watched the semi finals. It’s so exciting to see those guys chop through that fat log of wood in less than a minute! The winners of the four heats above went on to compete for the grand final.

But we didn’t stay to watch that because the food pavilion was calling…

[That trout was amazing. So many pristine looking apples…]

Inside the Woolworths Dome the district displays were absolutely amazing. I especially liked the Central District one with the massive rainbow trout made of apples (see pic above). I can’t even begin to think how long it would have taken them to assemble it, such painstaking work, but they were so wonderful. I just hope all that produce gets eaten… that’s quite a few apple pies worth!

Just past the displays Lyndy Milan was doing a demonstration using eggs. Unfortunately she was making a frittata, which is dead easy, so we didn’t stick around to watch. Instead, we moved onto the centre of the dome where all the fresh produce stalls were.

Dillon felt like a sweet treat of chocolate milk but the lines at the Dairy Farmers stand were too long. Just as we turned a corner we saw the Irrewarra Homestead Natural Ice cream stand making milkshakes with real ice cream – score! I love their tag line ‘Straight from the moo to you’. We took a picture of the milkshake next to the cute little cow figurine on the counter (see above).

Our next and last stop was the show bag pavilion. Upon entering I must admit that I was a little bit disappointed. It seemed so much smaller than when I was a kid (and I’m not much taller since then!). Did anyone else think that? I Um’d and Ah’d about whether to get the caramello koala show bag but decided against it.

May I make a suggestion please? Can someone please (yes you Green & Black’s) make a gourmet show bag. Please? I was looking all around for premium brands but found none. Zero. Take note entrepreneurs, marketers and PR people – there’s a market for gourmet show bags at the Easter Show. Fingers crossed for next year!

Although let’s not end on a sour note – I had a super fun time! A massive thank you to Elissa from Tourism New South Wales for providing us with tickets, I hope you enjoyed my review!

Chat to you soon, Christie x

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