Royal Melbourne Show Runs From 22 September-2 October 2012

Royal Melbourne Show Runs From 22 September-2 October 2012

Acting Victoria Premier Peter Ryan

Agriculture Remains At The Heart Of Victoria’s Royal Melbourne Show

Victor P Taffa

Acting Premier Peter Ryan put his cooking skills to the test with celebrity chef Guy Grossi at the official launch the 157th Royal Melbourne Show today.

Speaking at the Tastes of Victoria Pavillion, Mr. Ryan said the Royal Melbourne Show was a stunning showcase of Victoria’s food and agriculture sector, which was a vital part of the state’s heritage, culture and economy.

“Since its humble beginnings as a ploughing competition in 1848, the Melbourne Show has been a testament to the efforts and strength of our agriculture sector.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Agriculture is one of the state’s key drivers and remains at the centre of Victoria’s economy.”


“Although the Show has expanded so much since its inception, the purpose stays the same to bring regional and metropolitan Victoria together to experience the very best our diverse state has to offer.”

Mr. Ryan said event organisers were expecting to draw big crowds this year, with attendance projected to reach 460,000 people over the eleven-day event.

“The Show has a packed schedule that includes agricultural competitions and displays, rural lifestyle and leisure activities, entertainment, food, wine, horticulture, show bags, rides and many other highlights.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the Tastes of Victoria Pavillion was a new initiative which celebrated the variety of fresh, local and seasonal specialty produce Victoria has to offer.

“The Tastes of Victoria Pavillion is a reflection of the growing food culture we have here in Victoria, and demonstrates the enormous range of quality produce our food industry delivers.”

“I encourage all Victorians and visitors to the state to come to the Show and experience the exciting activities and sample the wonderful produce from our prime food producing regions.” Mr. Ryan said.

Along with the Tastes of Victoria Pavillion, the 2012 Royal Melbourne Show is set to launch a Paddock to Plate-themed pavillion, an Australian Farmer of the Year award, and a My Backyard-themed precinct encouraging sustainable living practices.

The Royal Melbourne Show runs from 22 September to 2 October 2012 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.