Event: Royal Melbourne Show 2008

… The only reason you would actually go to the Royal Melbourne Show* is because of the Arts/Craft/Cookery Pavilion, not the show bags .

*Assuming you really had nothing better to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon and didn’t have to pay for your admission tickets.

There really wasn’t much to see at the Show this year and a lot of the show bags, rides, food etc are a bit of a rip-off and not worth spending your hard-earned dollars on (If I wanted to read back-issues of Marie Claire and get inspired by trends that were cool say, 6 months ago then I’d go to the library to read up on them rather than spend $15 on a MC show bag with 3 back issues of MC). What impressed me this year, though, were the awesome cakes they had on display – check out the decorations on some of them!

They had cakes for all sorts of festivities, including Christmas. I don’t know anyone who actually celebrates Christmas with a proper cake (unless it’s one of those awful Christmas puddings that I can’t stand) but the cakes they had on display were a sight to see.
Hahaha, so Aussie… so Queenslander… this one was a favourite among the blokes.
This tiger cake was a crowd favourite too and I can see why. I love how it sorta looks like an oil painting. I’m not sure when one would actually bring out a tiger cake apart from a Richmond premiership but c’mon, what are the chances of that happening in the near future?!?!
Guess which ones were done by Asians…?
I took a photo of this one, not because it was the most technically difficult cake nor was the one that drew the most ‘WOW!!’s. 


It’s a nice day for a white wedding…

And finally, my favourite. This cake was titled “Dimboola Society Wedding” or something along those lines. I wouldn’t be surprised if the cake maker started making this cake on Dimboola’s founding day – it really isn’t something you can whip up at the last minute. I love the attention to detail and the way the decorator captures the friendly and close-knit spirit of a rural Australian town (the two people drunk under the table is so spot-on too!)Oh yeah, ‘grats to the mighty Hawks for their well-deserved victory yesterday afternoon. Even though I’m not a Hawks supporter, I was cheering on the boys as they trampled all over the pussies cats late in the third quarter to take out the match and the cup. Wooooo!

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4 Comments

  1. So what does it mean when I now refuse to go to The Royal Show?  Am I too old or just too tight? hah.  One of my female year 9 students did ask me to go with her and after I politely refused she then quickly said that she’d be going on Thursday. hah  Alex and myself used to go to drool over the rotisserie beef stall and to sample all the other free samples.  We used to hit the Yakult section about 5 or 6 times each in the one visit.

  2. @David142Perry – I see grown men go to the show, so you are definitely not too old! As for too tight… hmmmm… personally, I think that showbags are a waste of money, so I like to think that we’re economically rational, not tight 🙂

    Sadly, there was a severe lack of sampling and tasting at this year’s show which was a major disappointment. And a student seriously asked you to the show?!?!?! That sounds so Sweet Valley High…

  3. I like to think we are ‘financially intelligent’ and know a waste of money when we see one and have the strength of mind to avoid it unlike those perpetual bag buying types. haha

    No sampling at the show?  Then what do they think the point of going to the show actually is?  Surely they don’t think we go to pay a fortune to go on rides and make us feel sick or purchase hideously over priced food items from unhygienic stalls?  I used to go just after eating and carried some sort of snack in my pocket to avoid a total blow-out of the budget.  It’s already expensive to actually get into the place in the first instant.

    Sweet Valley High, hmm, I don’t think I used to watch that show.  Maybe that was after my time? hah  I have no clue but I have heard of the show.

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