It's time to enjoy the Ekka online
While the Ekka may not be going ahead as an event, you can still enjoy its trademark treats and entertainment digitally.
COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of the Ekka as we know it, but the event, entertainment, and treats will live on through Ekka 2020 Online from 7-16 August.
Presented by RACQ, Ekka 2020 Online will offer a 10-day program showcasing farmers, competitions, traditions, animals, food, entertainment and agriculture in an interactive format.
A fireworks display, broadcast live from the RNA Showgrounds by Channel 7 after the 6pm news bulletin, will start the celebration on 6 August (see details below).
Those craving the iconic Ekka treats of Dagwood Dogs and strawberry sundaes won’t miss out either with exclusive drive-thru outlets operating at the Brisbane Showgrounds and pop-up sites around Brisbane.
For the first time in the show’s history “do-it-yourself” strawberry sundae packs will also be available.
RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said Ekka 2020 Online paid homage to the popular event that has united more than 32 million Queenslanders from the country to the city since 1876.
“Only twice before in the Ekka’s 144-year history has the show been cancelled – in 1919 due to Spanish influenza and in 1942 due to World War II,” Mr Christou said.
“When we announced the cancellation of the show, we wanted to ensure people could still get a taste of the show, not just through online engagement but also ensuring our iconic strawberry sundaes were available.”
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Mr Christou said Ekka 2020 Online would also feature several competitions that have been modified due to COVID-19, a virtual baby animal nursery streamed daily, tips and tricks from some of the Ekka’s most successful exhibitors and a smorgasbord of show staples.
“Importantly it will continue to bridge the city/country divide by educating Queenslanders on the vital role agriculture plays in their everyday lives,’’ he said.
Get your strawberry sundae and Dagwood Dog fix
There are numerous ways the public can get their iconic show food fix this year:
- Drive-thru outlets at the Brisbane Showgrounds
- Special pop-up stalls around Brisbane
- First-ever “do-it-yourself strawberry sundae” packs
Showbag central – Ekka’s virtual marketplace
Almost 400 Ekka showbags will be available on the first-ever virtual Ekka marketplace.
Virtual baby animal nursery
Presented by RACQ, visit the baby animal nursery from the comfort of your home and get up close and personal with an array of loveable farm animals.
A one-off fireworks display will be broadcast on the Seven network on 6 August to signal the beginning of the 10 days of Ekka 2020 Online. The fireworks display will be broadcast after a special edition of Channel 7 news, live from the Ekka, at 6pm.
Some of the Ekka’s beloved competitions are continuing despite the show cancellation.
10 channels of content
- Meet a farmer – A behind-the-scenes look at the everyday lives of Queensland’s farmers.
- 360˚ Baby! – Watch the baby animal nursery.
- Fullscreen fireworks – Watch the pyrotechnics and specially curated soundtrack at home.
- Paws and claws – A behind-the-scenes look at Queensland’s show dog and cat community.
- Blue Ribbon baking – Step into the kitchen with award-winning bakers as they share tips and tricks.
- Chef’s special – Learn first-hand how to choose the best ingredients and how to cook from chef Sean Cummings.
- Freestyle Motocross – Go behind the scenes with Ekka’s action-packed freestyle motocross show.
- Green thumbs up – Join green thumb Claire Bickle to learn as she teaches you about nature, sustainability and growing your own patch of paradise.
- Horsing around – Meet the Queensland breeders who live and breathe horses while learning about horse care, breeds and training.
- Unplugged – Listen to some of Queensland’s most talented up-and-coming artists in live acoustic streams.