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After covering the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome and the cake decorating at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, it was time to move onto the animals and the food.
But first we needed sustenance.
Cheese on a stick with fresh lemonade
Chocolatesuze likes her cheese. This was her second cheese on a stick for the day. She would later have one more for a personal Show best of three.
No, I have no idea where she puts it either.
My cheese on a stick $4.00
The cheese on a stick isn't as bad as it sounds. A plank of mozzarella cheese is dipped in a polenta batter then deep-fried much like a pluto pup, corn dog or dagwood dog. The batter is crisp and sweet, the insides molten to a stretchy gooey mass of goodness. Yes, it really is devilishly delicious.
Fresh lemonade $4.00
And it's impossible to visit the Show without having an icy cup of fresh lemonade sometime during the day. Tangy and sweet, fresh lemonade is one of those things that's so easy to do, but somehow neglected at home. Next summer I'm definitely rustling some up.
We continued on to the animals, one of the few times that city slickers get up close and personal with feathers and fur.
Pork Lane - my favourite street!
Pigs at the trough
Calf in the farmyard nursery
The farmyard nursery is not just for kids. A huge shed houses all kinds of animals, many roaming freely, eagerly patted and cuddled by children and adults alike.
A brave little duck heads down the slide into the pond
The pig racing and diving show returned to the Show after a one year break and the crowd queues were bigger than ever. We turned up at 1.25pm for the 2pm show and were greeted with a mass of 550 people already in line. It took about 20 minutes for staff to carefully herd us into the bleachers, a slow task that everyone involved accepted with good spirit and patience.
The race hostess
The spectators were split into four groups, with each allocated a pig for which to barrack. The races were fast and furious.
Race #1: featuring Pork Bone, Ham Bone, Pork Chop and Porky Pig
Race #2: featuring Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa
The diving pigs were the main highlight, a crowd-pleasing spectacle that had everyone smiling. Click on the video clip below to view the show highlights.
Smokey cleans up
Ready for more food?
The Country Women's Association Tea Room
CWA kiosk menu
The CWA Tea Room is my personal must-do for the Easter Show. I love catching sight of the CWA ladies making scones in the kitchen, I love how the server carefully wipes off the excess flour from each scone with a tea towel, I love the simplicity of the Devonshire tea tray with its metal tea pot, and I love slicing my way through the still-warm scone to reveal its supreme soft fluffiness.
Devonshire tea $7.00
Light and fluffy
Chocolatesuze slathers her scones
Don't get between Chocolatesuze and her scones
Scones with strawberry jam and cream
- the top graph charts daily sales in 2007, 2008 and 2009
And forget tallying the sales on the ticket gate - I'm more interested in the total scone tally. On the day we visited (Wednesday 15 April) scone sales were up on 2008 but still down on the phenomenal numbers in 2007.
The CWA Cook Book $25
To the side of the CWA Tea Room is the table selling jars of pickles, jams and chutney alongside blocks and slices of fruit cake. I came away with a copy of the CWA Cook Book, a very professional-looking spiral bound collection that includes sweets, savouries and preserves and three recipes for scones, including a very promising-sounding "Prize-winning scones".
Pluto pup mascot
If you say so.
Hot dog on a stick (or pluto pup) $4.00
A pluto pup is another of the Show's guilty pleasures. Bite your way through the crunch of polenta batter to meet a sweet and soft frankfurter, all doused in a generous splodge of tomato sauce.
A Makita drill drives the potato shredder
If you hear the strains of Chubby Checker, chances are you've reached the Twisted Chips stand. It's quite a show just watching the staff handle the potato shredder powered by a Makita drill. Whole Desiree potatoes are converted into a mass of curls which are unceremoniously dunked straight into the deep-fryer.
Our thoughts go to the staff who have to endure "Let's Twist Again" on a never-ending loop.
Twisted chips $8.00
with cheese sauce $1.00
The chips are a little under-done for my liking, and the cheese sauce tastes like the processed non-frigerated boxes of Kraft "cheese", but there's still plenty of appeal of eating a chip that's a foot long and has a coil like a corkscrew.
French fry mascot
The ferris wheel by night
Rubber duckies in sideshow alley
We didn't go on any rides but we did come close to winning in several games of roll 'em poker in Sideshow Alley. The showbag stand was delightfully empty at 8.30pm too, although after much scrutiny we ended up with novelty wigs instead (a hot pink bob for Chocolatesuze, purple tresses for moi).
After eleven hours at the show, we were well and truly ready for home.
And in justification of all the food we'd eaten, the pedometer I'd clipped on that morning counted 24,000 steps for the day. Who said the Easter Show wasn't good for you?
The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from April 9-22, 2009 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
With thanks to Elissa from Tourism NSW for the complimentary entry tickets.
Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010: Robosaurus Pics and Video
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010: The Cakes, Food and Toyota V6 HiLux Heroes
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2009: The Cakes and District Displays
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2009: The Racing and Diving Pigs
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2007: The Animals
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2007: The Cakes
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2007: The Food
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