The best food at the Ekka

It’s almost that time of year again, when Queenslanders spend a day at Ekka and get a taste of the country life in the big city.

Ekka conjures up different memories for different people, usually drawn from their childhood visits to the iconic event. It could be the strawberry sundaes, country scones, dagwood dogs, fairy floss, ferris wheels, dodgem cars, prize pigs, hens, giant pumpkins, clown’s mouths, stunt cars, wood chopping, craft shopping, whip-cracking or some other activity or display.

One thing is certain though — when you spend a day at Ekka, you can easily spend a day snacking. There’s so much choice, so we’ve listed here some of the essential things to taste when you go this year.

Strawberry sundaes

Approximately 10 tonnes of strawberries are used to make Ekka’s strawberry sundaes each year. The iconic strawberry sundae is mouth-watering from top to bottom, from the crunchy wafer cone to the smooth white ice-cream, sweet chopped strawberries, delicious gourmet strawberry ice cream and swirls of fresh cream topped off with a tasty fresh Queensland strawberry. And you don’t need to feel guilty, because every strawberry sundae sold raises vital research funds for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.

Country Women’s Association Devonshire Tea

If you love a hot scone lathered in local jam and fresh cream, then this is the place for you. Enjoy a cuppa while you debate the age-old issue of jam or cream first on your scone.

Dagwood dogs

The delectable dagwood dogs are available throughout Ekka. Don’t forget to smother yours in tomato sauce too.

The XXXX Stockmen’s Bar and Grill

This is the quintessential Australian feel-good pub, with more atmosphere than a Jimmy Barnes concert. If you’ve never been to a decent pub in the bush, make sure you get down to Stockmen’s during Ekka this year. The menu dishes up plenty of your favourite pub grub including the classic steak and chips, as well as a range of other tasty options. Wash it down with an ice-cold beer or soft drink and stay until the sun goes down to enjoy a range of live music performances.

The Cooking Stage

This year, the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Cooking Stage will be presented by The Healthy Baker Flour. It is the perfect place for aspiring chefs, foodies and home cooks with plenty of tips and tricks to learn. Hosted by Dominique Rizzo, one of Queensland’s leading female chefs, the stage will follow a 1950s theme to encourage people to cook at home from scratch again – just like they did 60 years ago when families sat around the dinner table enjoying home cooked meals.