ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2012

Words - Melissa Forsyth Photos - J Forsyth

The Royal Melbourne Show is the largest community event, bringing together arts and crafts, entertainment, organic produce and agriculture. Presented annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the Royal Melbourne Show attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over Australia.

There really is something for everyone – from artists and crafter, foodies, animal lovers, to fans of classic country events like wood chopping, whip cracking and monster truck demos! Art lovers are cater for…. really? Yep, check out some of the feature events/ demonstrations/ exhibitions below, I was surprised too. Here is just a couple of the features of this year’s show.

The Art and Craft Pavilion - Craft has always played a big part in the Royal Melbourne Show, but this year there is a bigger emphasis of art and craft. Everything from photography to fashion, embroidery and cake decorating are being exhibited this year. Feature installations and exhibitions include the various yarn bombed installations inside and out the craft pavilion, the knitted sweets, baked goods and sushi by artist Thomas C. Chung, the craft arts installation by Pop Craft and of course all the winners of the Victorian Agricultural Shows Competition are on display.

Those that think food is art will not be disappointed. Not only can show goers enjoy a hearty lunch/ dinner from the Country Women’s Association food pavilion (a RMS staple) – there is also live cooking events such as My Kitchen Rules Live Cook-offs, hosted by Celebrity Chef, Karen Martini. Former contestant and celebrity chefs will showcase their culinary skills in live completions and demonstrations.

The Tastes of Victoria Pavilion is new to the Royal Melbourne Show program and is the place where said foodies can sample gourmet delights from across Victoria’s prime food producing regions such as Yarra Valley, Sun Country Ballerine and Mornington Peninsula.

Old favorites are still going strong. State of Origin Wood chipping competitions will run across the 11 day program as well as the popular axe throwing competition. and chainsaw racing! You can also visit the Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion to see 800 beef cattle, 250 Alpacas, and over 20 different breeds of sheep and goats.

See there really is something for everyone.