This week, 4-13 September, my city has has their Royal Show. I guess it’s like a State Fair? All the state’s farming community and producers come together for awards. Then all the rest of us come in to look at the animals and buy local stuff, go on carnival rides and eat junk food! There are also the ever loved showbags that as a child you’d go mental over wanting every single one. Condolences for all the poor parents out there who are now broke and listening to tantrums over missed bags. Showbags are just cheap stuff thrown together but with themes like Hello Kitty, Adventure Time, as well as magic ones, candy ones and some adult ones with chocolate and magazines. Every city in Australia hosts a show like this annually at different times of the year and they’re just very nostalgic and fun. I thought i’d post some photos I took the morning we attended which was the cheap tickets day!
Of course, Frozen is still everywhere!
There’s a Market Bazaar where you can buy lots of random goodies including the annual metal t-shirts store! It’s all too overpriced ($59 for one shirt?!?!) so we didn’t get any but it’s all official and cool to look at.
Showbag hell! I used to die over these when I was little. But now I know they’re pretty poor quality. Still fun for the kids though.
LOLLLIIESS! Yes, here in Australia it’s called Fairy Floss, not Cotton Candy.
You can look at cows, sheep and all sorts, but here’s my favourite of them all, alpacas! I cool them noodles because of their noodley necks after shaving. These noodles were being loafs! It was a little chilly so nice to see their owners looking after them.
There’s also pets. Dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, fish. Omg nearly all over the showgrounds you can hear the chickens and roosters in their pavilion, so loud. The day we were there they had German Shepherds and Persions/Exotics among others. It’s neat since you can look at all sorts of breeds as well as interact with breeders and owners who know all about them.
We bought the FruChocs bag because it’s an insanely delicious chocolate that is an essential South Australian item. If you’re ever in Adelaide this is a must buy! It’s chocolate balls with sweet apricot centres. The bag gives you a tonne of packets plus different kinds like raspberry, 5 fruits, with coconut, as well as chocolate covered snakes and honeycomb! It’s also a fun adult bag because it includes a cinema voucher for Wallis Cinemas. Worth $20 in my eyes! We also got Bertie Beetle because it’s the only way to buy these now… the once a year sweet crappy chocolate!
I can’t go a year at the Show without yum yum fudge! We taste tested some fudge and drank milkshakes from the Milk Bar for breakfast! We also bought some things from Hahndorf Meats (salami and jerky) and chilli sauces from The Chilli Factory. My partner tasted a sauce made from the hottest pepper in the world, Guinness Record Book certified, and had to drink a whole carton of iced coffee after, though he did pretty well overall. You can also look and taste wines, cheeses, oils, honeys, everything!
Then we were pretty tired of the screaming children and growing crowd and headed on home. If you’re ever in Adelaide, Australia during the first weeks of September be sure to go to the Show because it’s a fun experience and essential to (white) Australian culture! Do you have events like this where you live?