The 2016 Royal Melbourne Show’s entertainment schedule is packed with high-octane, adrenaline-pumping shows that will take you from the oceans to the motocross track. See rivals Captain Jack Vallo and Captain Skylark as they battle the high sea and attempt death-defying stunts in the Aquaworld Sky Pirates High Dive Show. Tilt your head back and watch FMX Motocross riders as they ride across the sky with tricks including the Holy Grab, the Cliffhanger, and the jaw-dropping aerial backflip. Sony Music will host live music events including a performance by Taylor Henderson on the main stage and at the end of the day you can sit back and relax as you watch a spectacular presentation of colour and sound at Royal Melbourne Show fireworks display, 8:15 pm nightly at the Herald Sun Arena.
Meet friendly farmer Darryl at The Animal Farmyard where you can watch horse demonstrations, hear about life on a farm, and learn how to care for farmyard animals. If you’ve always wanted to shear a sheep or milk a cow, make sure you stop by The Farmhouse. See proud pooches compete in the Royal Melbourne Show All Breeds Championship, or if cats are more your thing, watch purrr-fect kitties at the Royal Melbourne Show Cat Championship in The ADVANCE® Dog Pavilion. For blue ribbon events visit The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion and see the best cattle, sheep and horses compete for agricultural awards. Children will enjoy the Jayco Animal Nursery where they can meet the cute and cuddly creatures.
Arts and Crafts
Wander through over 4,000 exhibits at the Art, Craft & Cookery Pavilion and see some of Melbourne’s most creative photographers, crochet and embroidery artists and talented cake, biscuit and preserve makers. This pavilion also has a range of hands-on experiences and free workshops including cake decorating and knitting lessons.
It wouldn’t be a show without rides and this year there are plenty for both thrill-seekers and tiny tots. Adrenaline junkies should head to the Coca-Cola Thrillseekers Carnival for the most electrifying rides at the Royal Melbourne Show, including the terrifying Megadrop, the stomach-churning Python Loop and the 40-meter-high pendulum swing appropriately named The Beast. If you find the Thrillseekers Carnival too heart-pounding, then visit the Adventure Carnival for all-ages fun including Pirate’s Revenge Rapids and the haunting ghost train. Little ones will love the Kids Carnival where they can spin round on the colourful Teacup Ride or ride the miniature train.
Come September Showbag titles are announced like football scores on the nightly news, and although we can’t give you the full list quite yet we can tell you about two exclusive feature Showbags. The Australian Food Awards Deli Bag celebrates Aussie food and includes a selection of delicious treats, while the Art, Craft & Cookery Showbag has been designed by RMIT textile students.
Savour the best food and drink in Australia at the Winning Tastes Pavilion located inside the MaterChef set. Visit pop-up restaurants including Spanish flavours at Bomba, Vietnamese Hawker cuisine at Pho Nom, lobster rolls at Mr Claws and decadent goodies at Bibelot, LuxBite and Le Petit Gateau. Beer lovers will enjoy the rotating selection of craft beer from Two Birds Brewing, 3 Ravens, Fixation, KAIJU!, Boatrocker, Stockade, Hawkers and Himmel Hund.
For dinner we recommend the Winning Tastes Courtyard which is serving up smoked pork brisket, burgers and Izakaya-style Japanese food. There will also be a Winning Tastes Stage showcasing a series of demonstrations and master classes. If you’re in search of award-winning coffee, pastries, gourmet cheese and fresh oysters then don’t pass up the Australian Food Awards Deli located in the Winning Tastes Pavilion. Other great casual dining options at the Royal Melbourne Show include a variety of international flavours at the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion where you can find everything from pizza, schnitzel to nachos and healthy vegan and vegetarian alternatives stands.