The Royal Queensland Show — better known as the Ekka — is just around the corner, and foodies are in for a treat.

The Ekka means different things to different people, whether it’s the animals, the rides, show bags, gourmet food and wine, the fashion and the fireworks.

Whatever the reason, close to half a million people go to the Ekka every year.

Many of them are foodies eager to try the next big thing.

If you’ll give anything a go but don’t know where to start, then let’s run through your options.

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  • Let’s be real here — the mouth-watering Strawberry Sundae is everybody’s favourite part of the Ekka. More than 145,000 are sold every year. Made by volunteers, the iconic sundae has raised around $15 million in research for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation over the past 20 years.

Ekka staples

  • Freshly baked scones from the Country Women’s Association (CWA).
  • Before the humble food van took off everywhere, the Ekka was where you’d find rows of vendors selling everything from dagwood dogs, doughnuts, potato slinkys, German sausages, crepes, candy floss and kebabs. All selling like hot cakes, of course.

Ekka must haves

  • Indulge in some fine dining at The Royal Queensland Steakhouse Restaurant, the home of Australia’s best steak.
  • The Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion is where you’ll find an abundance of local produce. Make sure you keep an eye out for the award-winning Kingaroy Cheeses.
  • Stop at The Bagel Boys for some freshly baked bagels.
  • Globetrotters should try Gourmet Plaza the home of exotic flavours
  • Head over to the Sirromet Sparkling Lounge or Pepper Jack’s Wine Bar and sip on some of the country’s best alcoholic beverages.

Ekka must see

  • Catch celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Cooking Stage and if you’re lucky you might get a chance to sample a dish or two.
  • Master the art of matching food and wine with Award-winning beer connoisseur, Matt Kirkegaard.

The Ekka starts on Friday 7 August and wraps up on Sunday 16 August. For more info, visit www.ekka.com.au.