It's time for the Easter Show with fair food, rides, animals and showbags! There's a whole new food section this year as well as some fun food options with gummy bear loaded fries, 2 foot Dagwood dogs, Elvis burgers, Blooming Onions and cheeseburger pies. So what's the best thing to order at the Sydney Royal Easter Show?
The newest addition to the Easter Show is Neon Alley a collective of brightly coloured and lit up Airstream caravans selling everything from colourful hot dogs, schnitzels, shakes to loaded French fries, churros, fairy floss and burgers. The creators of Neon Alley are Jade Evans and husband Josh whose families have been involved with the Easter Show for 6 and 5 generations respectively. This year their daughters have their own stands with Ava selling churros and Willow selling gelato and Kewpie dolls. Tip: if you're looking for gifts or the ubiquitous pink cowboy hat they're $10 here.
The one item that everyone is talking about are the Gummy Bear and sprinkle loaded French fries. The fries come out hot and the gummy bears melt on top of the fries. The first bite is a little weird but then you keep going back for more. I recommend adding some aioli to them too to help bridge the gap between fry and gummy bear. Monica is a gummy bear fan and really enjoyed these.
What's a visit to the Easter Show without a Dagwood Dog? Usually there's one type of Dagwood Dog but at Neon Alley they have all sorts of Dagwood dogs. There's the enormous 2 footer, a pickle dog with alternating chunks of pickle and sausage, cheese dog and a new gluten free dagwood dog. Or you can get a bouquet of four dagwood dogs in different flavours.
The Elvis Burger is two chicken tenders sandwiched with two Krispy Kreme donuts. It needs a bit of aioli or sauce added to it but it's freshly made and crunchy and sweet at the same time.
The neon hot dogs are a regular frankfurter in a regular or coloured bun with a colourful range of aioli sauces on top of them. We would love these if they were a different sort of frankfurter sausage with a bit of snap to each bite but it looks great for the Gram.
The churros stand in Neon Alley has a range of churros but the best selling churro is the Oreo Churros. If you're an Oreo fan these are made from real Oreo crumbs with a cream filling in the centre.
It's not all neon coloured or fast food items at Neon Alley. There is also lemon gelato, tartly refreshing and served in half a lemon too. It was a humid, sticky day when we went and this was the perfect antidote.
Just nearby there's Mick's Bakehouse pie stand that sells a variety of pies for just $5 each. The pies are smaller than full sized pies but they're good for a small snack. The cheeseburger pie has a beef patty inside as well as saucy mince, melted cheese and a slice of pickle and tastes pretty much just like a cheeseburger in a pie form!
Sadly Do Bomb Pizza wasn't the bomb. There was a sugar crusted pizza doughnut and a choice of toppings. Unfortunately the doughnut was really hard and tough and I threw it away after one bite :(
I was excited to try the Blooming Onion as I haven't had one for so many years. We ordered the loaded Blooming Onion which for $20 was on the steeper side (honestly this wasn't the best value item when you think about it). Neither of us liked the ranch dressing but I love fried onions so I ate all of the pieces with cheese sauce on them. Also the Blooming Onion didn't quite look anything like the picture!
Everyone knows to save the showbags til the end so that you don't have to carry them around all day (and the showbag pavilion is located right near the exit). But while you're there stop by the Cinnabon stand for your end of day sugar rush. The stand has mini Cinnabons in three flavours (original, chocolate and caramel pecan) for $8 ($6.50 in their regular store). "They look like the centre of a Cinnabon" says Monica eyeing one off. Still it comes out very hot and dripping with frosting with lots of cinnamon sugar layers. It's delicious and soft. I couldn't eat all of it so I took it home to Mr NQN to have and it turned quite hard and tough so it's best eaten there.
If you're looking for more healthy non-fair type food there's freshly squeezed orange juice, boiled corn, the lemon sorbet from above and my favourite foodie stand Firepop is back again serving up delicious wagyu skewers!
Happy Easter everyone and enjoy your long weekend!
So tell me Dear Reader, what item piqued your interest? Do you eat fair food or try to look for healthier options when at the Easter Show?
Sydney Royal Easter Show
1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
The Easter Show runs from Thursday April 6, 2023 until Monday April 17, 2023 at the Sydney Showgrounds at Olympic Park.