Even though Mr Bao and I have been together for 3 years and have travelled to quite a few places with each other, we have never gone to The Royal Melbourne Show together :) For my Dearest Readers who are overseas, The Royal Melbourne Show is the annual agricultural event where farmers can share their produce and let people meet their proud animals :) It’s also a carnival with rides and show bags for kids ~
I remember going to the Show with Win Win as a kid and would go on all the crazy rides and get all the show bags, she’d buy me :) Now that I’m all grown up lol she doesn’t take me anymore but I can’t wait till my nephew is old enough, I’m gonna take him and spoil him ROTTEN :D
Apart from the animals, produce and rides there is also a lot of FOOD :) And I’m sure you all know how important food is to me hahaha ~ They have 3 pavilions just for food hehe the Taste of Victoria pavilion, Woolworths Fresh Food pavilion and the My Kitchen Rules pavilion :)
We got there at just before noon, and even though we had breakfast lol we were hungry again hahaha I actually don’t think we were that hungry…we just couldn’t resist the Dagwood (Corn) Dogs or the hot jam donuts, so we immediately got one hehe. I’m really not a corn dog kinda girl…the thick batter just doesn’t fancy me ~ but the hot jam donut was good, not really fresh but it’s quite warm and delicious.
We then walked past the Ferris Wheel and immediately wanted to jump on, but then realised queues were crazyyy and I’ve gone on so many ferris wheels it doesn’t really excite me as much anymore :P so I dragged Mr Bao away and went straight to the Taste of Victoria pavilion ~
Just before walking in, Mr Bao stopped in front of the Cornutopia Taco food truck and said he was still hungry… lol how is it possible? I don’t know but we ordered corn off the cob and chicken taco.
I love corn and think butter and corn are a match made in heaven :) it’s such a simple dish but it’s so so so delicious! Think I’m gonna make some at home tonight for dinner :D
The taco was nice, but we found the chargrilled chicken to be slightly overcooked which made it a little tough and underseasoned :( unfortunately, not the best tacos we’ve had ~
This pavilion reminds me of the Good Food and Wine show we went to back in June :) But it’s a much smaller scale ~ With only a hand full of exhibitors from rural Victoria :) It was lovely to meet the owners and producers and talk to them about their product hehe ~ I found this Cactus honey to be very interesting! Who know that bees would make honey from cactus plants and not only floral ones :)
There was also a free cooking lesson, where a chef from Bendigo (rural town 1.5 hours away from Melbourne) teaching us how to make beetroot gnocchi with fried onions :) I’m not really a fan of beetroot but the fried onions made my mouth water!
We had a taste of most things, then wondered over to the Woolthworths Fresh Food Pavilion, as soon as we walked in, I wanted to kick myself for letting Mr Bao order the underwhelming taco…because this pavilion was SO much bigger, with much more choices! Starting off with hot dogs, fish and chips, Po Boys, burgers, paella and even dim sims! And for sweets you had a choice of cupcakes, hot donuts, crepes, waffles, dutch pancakes and even churros!
Mr Bao immediately found us a table and asked me to sit down while he got us food :) lol I was so confused to what I wanted!
I kinda guessed Mr Bao was going to get the seafood paella, it’s his thing lately to get paellas hehe ~ it was served in a cute little Chinese takeaway box, with a generous amount of seafood in the paella ~ I was impressed with the calamari it was so tender and yum!
I love Churros! But they have to be freshly made and not the stale types ~ And this was definitely fresh! It was so crisp and crunchy but still fluffy inside! Only complaint was…it needed more icing sugar or some melted chocolate for dipping :P There WAS a chocolate coated churros but Mr Bao…decided he’ll get me the ‘plain’ one…lol I wasn’t very happy because I love anything coated with chocolate! Don’t get me wrong these were still delicious ~
Yes I know…I’ve already had a donut and churros but then I really really REALLY wanted to try Big Lou’s hot jam donuts too :) the lines never died, there was a voice in my head that kept telling me “Do it you know you want to…” So I DID! I went and bought ANOTHER hot jam donut :) NOW this is what I call a HOT jam donut, the one I had before was merely warm, but this was piping hot with cinnamon sugar coated all over!
Just look at the strawberry jam oozing out! For all Melbourner’s you may have heard of the hot jam donuts at the Queen Victoria Markets? These were just as good if not better! Damn I want another one now :)
Why do we only have on stomach? :( There were still so many stalls I wanted to try…like this stall Waffleland that sold waffles, it looked and smelt DEVINE ~ oh wells…maybe next time!
LOL I think Mr Bao felt a bit guilty eating all that junk food, because he immediately stopped at this stall and said he wanted to get a smoothie ~ It’s quite fun here at Bike N Blend! You order your smoothie and then the staff will place it onto the bike and to blend you have to cycle :)
HAHAHA I couldn’t stop laughing when Mr Bao was cycling so hard, the girl looking after the stall said “OK! You’re doing a great job, but I think that’s enough” hahhaa I think they were worried that Mr Bao was going too quickly and break the bike or knock the glass jug over :P
OK enough eating hahaha I didn’t know Mr Bao was such an animal lover until he said “I don’t care what we do, but I have to go to the Livestock pavilion ~ lol I wasn’t keen because I’ve seen farm animals so many times and they’re not the most pleasant smelling animals! It was thenI realised cows can be so BIG hahaha they were like triple my size! Wow~
I know many people say showbags aren’t really worth the value and are for kids, but I couldn’t help just want to get a few to take home! It’s like you haven’t gone to the Show if you don’t get any show bags hehe ~ We got a few magazine bags (Super Food Idea and Good Taste) and also chocolate bags. The Cadbury show bag was so tempting we couldn’t stay no especially since it came with Cadbury headphones! I’m gonna be the coolest person next time I go to the gym :D Will take a picture of it later and share on Instagram and Twitter ~
Very quickly it was nearly 6pm and we were already running late to our dinner date, but I couldn’t leave the Show without stopping and trying out the FAMOUS scones at the Country Women’s Association (CWA) cafeteria. The CWA is the largest women’s association in Australia where they provide friendship, support and try to improve lives of women and children in rural and urban areas in Australia :) I really respect all the ladies there at the cafeteria, because they are all volunteers and all money raised at the cafeteria will be donated to the association.
Despite still feeling full, we got the renown scones and the lamington which Kate from Masterchef Australia had so much trouble making on the show :)
The scones were still slightly warm when I cut into it ~ I quickly layered it with cream and topped it with strawberry jam, Mr Bao and I took and bite and looked at each other and grinned! No wonder these scones are SO famous! They are so light, fluffy and delicious without that strong bi carb taste or sandy texture.
My only compliant would be the scones could have been slightly warmer and I know the CWA ladies make amazing jams so it would’ve been even more impressive it they were served with homemade strawberry jam instead of the packaged jam. But still I was so impressed with the scones that I bought the cookbook~ All recipes in there are so traditional :) I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in the book especially the Honey roll and the Lumberjack cake ~
Now to the lamington, I’m not sure if they’re a British cake or an Australian cake, but I’ve never been a fan because find it so hard to get a good lamington, because the sponge cake centre itself can be so dry, it can dry out my mouth :( But this lamington was so soft and moist! Even Mr Bao said it’s the best lamington he’s had :)
And that concludes our wonderful day at The Royal Melbourne Show ~ it was so good to go back after 4 years and nice to be able to take Mr Bao for his very first time. I know I’ll definitely come back for the food and show bags and I wonder if Mr Bao will come back again for the farm animals? :P Either way we had a great time! Hope anyone who managed to go this year had an amazing time too :D
PS Happy Mid Autumn Festival to everyone who celebrates it :) Mr Bao and I had a very wonderful Chinese homecooked meal and way too much