Exciting New Reasons to Attend the Royal Melbourne Show
With amazing new attractions and entertainment, thousands of animals and even more free interactive activities and displays on offer, there's nothing like the 2011 Royal Melbourne Show for a great value day of fun, discovery and excitement.
Conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria's largest and most iconic annual community event that brings the very best of the country to the city to provide a range of unique and memorable experiences to enjoy with family and friends.
This year's Show is packed with a wide variety of great entertainment, fun interactive educational activities along with animals and agriculture, horticulture, art and craft, food and wine, carnival rides, showbags spectacular fireworks and much more.
Whatever your flavour, the Grand Pavilion is a must visit destination for foodies and budding masterchefs offering patrons a gastronomic journey around Victoria with a new dedicated Tastes of Victoria precinct. From food, beer, wine and coffee tasting to cooking demonstrations and celebrity chefs, the program will ensure the Grand Pavilion lives up to its name as the Epicurean centre of the Show. You can take the gourmet experience home with you this year, with the new Fine Food Deli, offering Fine Food Awards Showbags including award winning produce from around the state.
From gourmet delights to thrilling entertainment, the world's greatest escape artist, Dean Gunnarson, will perform his mastery each day, a first for Australian audiences. Adding to the exciting entertainment program, the Lumberjack Show will entertain crowds when the world champion speed climber performs at the Royal Melbourne Show for the first time.
The fun doesn't stop there with a huge program of attractions and entertainment offering something for everyone. The Coca Cola Arena will come alive this year with the new Toyota V6 Hilux Heroes precision driving team, Extreme Monster Truck and a great line-up of live music joining old favourites, the Showtime Freestyle Moto X Team and spectacular nightly fireworks.
The kids will be kept entertained with the chance to meet Mack from Disney/Pixar Cars and new and exciting stage shows including a debut from the smash movie hit RIO and the children's television show Fifi and the Flowertot™ - Rock with the Tots Live Show.
Show favourite, the Animal Nursery will allow children to get up close and personal with baby animals, and can this year enjoy the new educational hub; a colourful aviary display; a sheep, goat and alpaca birthing centre; and experience feeding baby animals at scheduled times.
From kids' activities to the exciting Horses in Action program, Showgoers will be treated to a Victorian first, with Australia's best equine eventing riders competing in the final qualifying stage for EQUITANA. Patrons can also witness the thrills and spills of world-class Showjumping, with riders competing to qualify for the World Cup and 2012 London Olympics.
Experience the best of Victorian horticulture, with a variety of fun, educational and interactive displays on offer this year. Check out the spectacular floral displays from Flowers Victoria, learn how to become more self-sufficient and environmentally friendly at the Sustainable Backyard and watch stage programs featuring presentations by gardening celebrities providing practical tips and hints at the Discovery Garden.
For those who enjoy exhilarating carnival rides, there are more than 50 to choose from in three precincts designed to suit thrill seekers, families with children and toddlers.
A day at the Show is not complete without taking home a showbag or two and this year there will be hundreds of value packed showbags to suit all tastes starting at $1. Offering further convenience to patrons, there will be a new showbag precinct located in the Family Carnival in addition to the Showbag Pavilion.
From animals and livestock to award winning food and wine, art and crafts, carnival rides and showbags, live stage shows and music, spectacular entertainment and fireworks, there is nothing like the Royal Melbourne Show, held from Saturday 24 September to Tuesday 4 October 2011 at Melbourne Showgrounds.
For more information visit: www.royalshow.com.au