Here’s your Ekka food guide — find out where to go and what to see!
It’s 10 days of Ekka show fun with plenty of opportunities to see and taste the best regional food around.
I’ve been to the Ekka many times and have my Ekka food favourites, which include strawberry sundaes and the seafood pavilion. You’ll also find me checking out the fashions and coming home with Bertie Beetle bags for my two very grown-up children.
Here are my tips for a great Ekka food experience.
1. Strawberry sundaes
Start with this Ekka icon, a sweet strawberry ice cream in a cone that’s been served up to eager customers for 26 years. The ice cream comes from Brisbane gourmet ice-creamery Lick and the strawberries will be fresh and local so you know you are in for a treat.
2. Country to city
Enjoy freshly-made soups and salads and roasted vegetable tarts at the Regional Harvest Café where well-known Brisbane chef Caroline Jones will also treat you with her muffins and cakes. Caroline, who spent her early years in the Outback Queensland town of Blackall, is usually in the kitchen at Graceville’s Three Girls Skipping Café.
3. Best steak
The Royal Queensland Steakhouse & Bar has a mouth-watering menu with the prize winning steak and lamb from this year’s Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Enjoy grass fed wagyu or roasted lamb served with shiraz jus and chargrilled vine tomatoes.
4. Top cooking tips
Pop along to the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Stage and say hello to chef Dominique Risso and beer expert Matt Kirkegaard. There’s plenty to see with daily cooking demonstrations and displays of the best produce and show winners. Also on stage will be some of Brisbane’s best chefs, including Jocelyn Hancock, Shaun Malone and Josh Okorn.
5. Ride a tractor and talk to a farmer
Head to Regional Harvest’s Garden Platform to hear and talk to farmers, chefs, winemakers and local artisans from the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Southern Downs regions. The kids can sit on an old grey Fergie tractor for a photo. There’s also a renovated old Bedford truck that will remind you of the vehicles that used to wander Brisbane’s streets selling their wares.
6. Seafood heaven
The Seafood and Wine Bar in the Fashion and Style Pavilion is where you will find fresh oysters, mouth-watering prawns and perfectly matched wines.
7. Taste your way
Head to the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion for wood-fired pizzas, cheese toasties and an Ekka favourite, the popular funnel cake. With more than 70 vendors to choose from you are sure to find something to please.
8. Food on the run
Dagwood dogs are not top of my list but more than 180,000 were eaten at last year’s Ekka and yes, they will be back this year. You can also try some southern American favourites including pulled pork rolls, turkey legs and waffle dogs.
9. Chef’s Table cooking workshops
Places are limited to just 32 people per session, but you can meet leading chefs, help them cook and taste the results. Get there early to secure a spot.
Taste Queensland’s best wines in the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion!
So make a plan, pack your bag and off to the Ekka you go. A fabulous food time awaits!