If you’re thinking that the Ekka is all about the good times, well, you’d be damn right! From tucking in to a (probably three or four, be honest) classic Strawberry Sundae, to testing your nerve on the high-rolling rides down Sideshow Alley, the Ekka is the cure to turn your wintery frown upside down!
You think you know all of its secrets though? Think again. The Ekka is full of surprises for those that aren’t afraid to walk the road less travelled.
For the bold, the brave, and the downright curious, here are 8 totally surprising things you never knew you could do at the Ekka!
#1. Compete In A Country Music Showdown
Not for the shy (and probably for those that can hold a tune tbh), show off your pipes and you could win a recording session and music video package, plus a wildcard entry into the semi-finals of the Talent Search at Gympie Muster! Keith Urban, eat your heart out!
#2. Pat A Pig
Not really that surprising, more super-cute and not something you’d do every day, the Ekka wouldn’t be the Ekka without some good ol’ fashion pig petting.
#3. See A Fashion Show
Fashion darlings, this one’s for you! Check out the Natural Fibres Fashion Parades—the longest-running free fashion parades in Australia—, this year marking the 25th anniversary of being directed by Lindsay Bennet with a beautiful retrospective of fashions past and present. Not a plaid shirt or cowboy boot in sight!
#4. Indulge In Zumbo’s Just Desserts Village
The king of crazy cakes and pretty pastries, Brisbane is long overdue an injection of Zumbo magic, so lap up the incredible concoctions of Australian’s version of Willy Wonka while you can!
#5. Dine With A Celebrity Chef
Don’t just watch dishes unfold on the stage, book yourself a seat at the Ekka’s inaugural dinner degustation, presented, cooked and attended by much loved celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo. Take notes, ask questions, and feast to your hearts content!
#6. Drink With A Lumberjack
Check out all of the wood-chopping action in the Oval before chucking back a coldie with a lumberjack IRL at the Woodchop Bar. Throw on your finest plaid shirt and brush up on your best banter!
#7. Watch A Live Broadcast At The 7 Live Studios
News buffs and curious types can watch live television as it happens at the 7 Live Studios. Catch your fave newsreaders in action, meet and greet the team, and see how the news come together. Interesting stuff!
#8. Crack A Whip On The Oval
Fancy yourself a bit of a master muster, or perhaps you’re a regular Indiana Jones type? Enter yourself into the annual Australian Stockwhip Challenge, and try your hand at whip cracking against some of the country’s best. Just mind you don’t poke an eye out…
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