History

In 1822, a group of Sydney's leading citizens formed the Agricultural Society of NSW with the aim of "furthering the quality of Australia's primary production by means of contests and competitions". 

 

Eleven officers were elected and the RAS staged its first Show at Parramatta the following year. At the time, Parramatta was the bread bowl of Australia, the agricultural hub of the colony, which was struggling to provide for its population of 30,000, half of them convicts.

 

Despite its initial success the RAS lapsed in 1836 due to the pressure of drought and economic depression, but re-formed in 1857. The RAS’ Shows, known at the time as Exhibitions, were held at Parramatta until 1868 and subsequently moved to Prince Alfred Park.

 

Shows continued at Prince Alfred Park until 1881, when high rent and empty coffers forced the RAS to look for a new venue.The City Council offered 40 acres of unpromising, sandy scrub at Moore Park for an annual rent of £10. With the help of the NSW Government and public subscriptions the Society built a showground, which became home to the Show for the next 115 years. 

 

In the intervening years, the Society had become the Royal Agricultural Society, an honour bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1891. 

 

While the bubonic plague did not stop the Show when it struck Sydney in 1900, the influenza epidemic of 1919 caused chaos. The Show was cancelled and Moore Park buildings were used as a temporary hospital and morgue. During World War II the Sydney Royal Easter Show was cancelled when Moore Park was requisitioned for military use, and some 700,000 troops passed through its grounds. 

 

By the late 1980s the Sydney Royal Easter Show had outgrown its Moore Park facilities. In 1994 the NSW Government approved its relocation to Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush. The first Show was held there in 1998.

 

Today the Show is Australia’s biggest annual event, injecting more than $500m into the NSW economy and attracting close to a million visitors with its entertainment, exhibitions, competitions and vivid depictions of rural life.


RAS News
Sydney brewer Redoak has capped off a stellar month, announced as the winner of Champion Bottled Beer for its Château Sour at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show Awards, held at Sydney Showground on Friday night.

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22 Sep 2014 
NSW producers have dominated the major awards at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show – Deli Meat Competition, winning six of the nine Championships on offer last week at Sydney Showground.

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17 Sep 2014 
Marrickville producer, Pastabilities has won the major award at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show – Pasta Competition, taking home Champion Fancy Pasta for their ravioli butternut pumpkin, goat’s cheese and fresh sage egg pasta.

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16 Sep 2014 
Sydney-based producer Andrews Meat Industries has proved itself a cut above the rest at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show – Branded Beef Competition, winning a string of trophies including Grand Champion Grain Fed Beef.

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11 Sep 2014 
2012 President’s Medal winner and premium lamb producer, Milly Hill Pty. Ltd. has topped the honours list at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show – Branded Lamb competition, winning Champion Open Lamb Exhibit for their Premium Lamb Open Class 24-26 kilo

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10 Sep 2014 
Jelbonleigh Estate has taken home the major award at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show – Regional Food Competition, winning Champion Regional Food Exhibit and Champion Specialty Product for their Macadamia Nut Butter.

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09 Sep 2014 
Victorian producer, Cobram Estate has taken home the coveted title of Champion Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Show at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show this week.

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04 Sep 2014 
Lyndey Milan OAM, Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair is pleased to announce award-winning British journalist and presenter, Jane Parkinson as the 2015 international wine judge.

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22 Aug 2014 
Victorian dairy company Bulla Dairy Foods (Bulla) has beaten some of Australia’s most famous farming dynasties to be named the best food producer for 2014 by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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22 Aug 2014