Things to do
The Royal Melbourne Show is more than just rides and showbags; the festival also boasts a schedule of activities and entertainment that promises fun for the whole family. Try your hand at axe throwing, make some new furry friends, check out the cattle competition, watch Paw Patrol Live, sing along to Channel 9’s The Voice artists at The Main Stage, belt out an Elton John classic, or be amazed by the magic of Cosentino the Grand Illusionist. There are also precision driving displays, police dog demonstrations, wood-chopping challenges and a stunning fireworks display.
What to eat and drink at the Show
Winning Tastes Pavilion
Forget bringing a packed lunch. The Royal Melbourne Show has had a gourmet makeover and its food and drink offering rivals any Melbourne laneway. Treat your tastebuds to some edible delights at the Winning Tastes Pavilion. This sumptuous precinct is where you can sample some of Australia’s best food and drink. Fuel up with a coffee from Danes, who have been crowned Champion Australian Roaster at the Australian International Coffee Awards for two years running. There is also grape juice from McPhersons Wines and beers courtesy of Temple Brewing.
Pop-up Dessert Bar
Indulge your sweet tooth with a mini treat from award-winning patisserie Christy Tania’s artisan store Glace Desserts, which was voted one of the top 10 places in the world to eat ice cream by National Geographic. Or, if you’re more into savoury dessert, head to The Delicatessen and gorge yourself on fresh, locally made cheeses and antipasto, including burrata and fior di latte, cured meats and other Italian favourites from That’s Amore.
Winning Tastes Courtyard
Keep it casual with a tasty snack from some of your favourite street food vendors. Royale Bros Burgers are bringing the buns, or head to Willy’s Fried Chicken for some seriously crispy bird. Limp Brisket is where the American-style barbecue pork is at, while beers are pouring from Collingwood’s Stomping Ground Brewery Co.
For cult classics like 400 Gradi pizzas and Biggie Smalls souvas, The Meadow is where it’s at. This laid-back dining, drinking and entertainment precinct also has Lion Brewery and Furphy frothies on tap, as well as wines from 6Ft6.
Royal Melbourne Show Program
Never miss a beat or a magic trick. Plan your day at the show by checking the daily program before you go. Entertainment kicks off at 9.30am daily with everything from animal encounters and live entertainment to foodie cooking demonstrations, competitions and show traditions staggered over the day.
What if it rains?
This is Melbourne so it always pays to be prepared for all seasons. There are undercover pavilions but it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella or a raincoat so that you can enjoy your day whether there’s rain, hail or shine.
Other useful information
ATM facilities, bathrooms and parents’ rooms are located across the Showgrounds. Baby change tables are also available in the permanent public toilets.