Let’s celebrate the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show

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Saturday, 17 September to Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event celebrating Victorian agriculture and attracting around 450,000 visitors over 11 spectacular days from Saturday, 17 to Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show will give visitors more opportunities than ever to see and interact with animals, take part in fun, hands-on activities for the whole family, indulge in delicious award-winning food and be thrilled by exciting attractions.

There are a huge range of engaging, interactive and informative displays, exhibits and competitions making the Royal Melbourne Show a great value day out to share with family and friends.

In addition to the popular Jayco Animal Nursery, where visitors can meet, pat and feed over 500 adorable baby animals including lambs, kids, piglets and chicks, the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show offers even more opportunities to get up close to farm animals.

Doubled in size, the outdoor animal display will be home to sheep, cows, goats, alpacas, horses, pigs and much more. Due to popularity the animal attraction viewing area has also increased in size offering more families the chance to watch and take part in interactive milking and shearing shows as well as horse demonstrations.

More unique hands-on experiences will be on offer with the expanded Pat-a-Pig and Pat-a-Chook pens as well as farming activities including Digging for Veggies and Little Green Thumbs where children can plant and take home their own seedling.

Offering an enhanced foodie experience, the Royal Melbourne Show’s popular Winning Tastes Pavilion celebrates Melbourne’s diverse food scene with pop-up restaurants and eateries including Bomba, Mr Claws and Pho Nom rotating over the course of the event, while Mr Miyagi, Royale Brothers Burgers and Burn City Smokers will be serving up their delicious signature dishes every day of the Show.

Foodies wanting to indulge their sweet tooth can visit the Winning Tastes Dessert Bar with delicious treats from Bibelot, Le Petit Gateau and LuxBite on rotation over the 11 days, plus Gelato Messina who will be in the Winning Tastes Courtyard offering sensational new flavours, inspired by and exclusive to the Royal Melbourne Show, for the duration of the event.

Visitors can also enjoy the award-winning tastes of Australia’s finest producers at the Australian Food Awards Deli washed down with a craft beer at the Brew Bar or local spirit or cocktail at the Winning Tastes Cocktail Bar.

Celebrate talented exhibitors across livestock, equestrian, amazing creators in arts, crafts and cookery and the toughest axe men and women of woodchop as they compete to win coveted Royal Melbourne Show blue ribbons and the top Best in Show awards.

Visit The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion to see Australia’s finest beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, Clydesdale horses, goats and alpacas as they compete across all 11 days of the Royal Melbourne Show, including this year’s feature breeds, Charolais cattle and Southdown sheep.

The Horses in Action program will boast a full schedule of over 2200 entries with horses and riders competing across over 250 different classes. See equestrian’s elite compete for the Providence Cup and Pope Cup on Tuesday 20 September on Herald Sun Area and Turnout Day, where Australia’s top female riders compete in the prestigious Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout on Wednesday 21 September.

The Royal Melbourne All Breeds Championship Dog Show is the leading dog show in the Southern Hemisphere and will see thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes competing for the top prize, Best in Show, including this year’s feature breed, the Whippet.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for canine enthusiasts at the Advance Dog Pavilion, including ‘Nimble’ the Australian Working Dog Rescue kelpie and high jump world record holder, Team Golden – the working Golden Retrievers, Melbourne Canine Freestyle and thrilling Flyball demonstrations from the Four Paws Racing dog team.

The Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion will showcase more than 3,000 extraordinary exhibits as well as the opportunity for visitors to get involved in a variety of hands-on activities designed to inspire creativity, plus demonstrations from some of Australia’s leading art, craft and cookery experts.

Witness more than 50 thrilling events at the Woodchop Pavilion, where visitors can catch Australia’s best woodchoppers hacking it out at the Royal Melbourne Woodchop Championships.

The Royal Melbourne Show boasts hours of world-class entertainment the whole family will love. Aquaworld Sky Pirates will delight audiences with their daredevil high dive show from an impressive 30 metres and children will love classic characters Looney Tunes, on stage and in person, while chart-topping musical performances from some of Australia’s most prominent stars will be popular with teens. Witness working dogs herding hundreds of sheep in the Great Aussie Sheep Muster Show, or check out the extreme stunts in the Freestyle Motorcross Stunt Show.

Witness hundreds of animals take to Herald Sun Arena for the Grand Cattle Parade on Saturday, 24 September and the Grand Cattle Parade of Champions on Monday, 26 September.

With the largest ever offering of rides across three big carnivals, hundreds of showbags to choose from and glittering nightly fireworks, a day at the Royal Melbourne Show is a true celebration.

Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm, the best way to travel to the Royal Melbourne Show is by public transport with trains, trams and buses making for a simple and quick commute.

This year, the Royal Melbourne Show offers even greater value with savings of up to 25% on tickets and 30% on rides by pre-purchasing tickets online early at www.royalshow.com.au

In an effort to help protect the community from exposure to and illness resulting from second-hand smoke, the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show will also be a smokefree event.

For more information, visit www.royalshow.com.au and follow @RoyalMelbShow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


For media enquiries and images contact Wrights for the Royal Melbourne Show:

Erin Mitchell, Senior Account Executive on +61 406 151 340 or at [email protected]

Claire Sinni, Account Executive on +61 474 777 115 or at [email protected]

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