Okay people! It’s almost time! Pants on! Pickles ready! The Bellingen Show is quite literally just around the corner – and we need to talk about what you’ll be missing if you don’t get your wonderful selves down to the Bellingen Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of May.
This year, The Show will have its Official Opening facilitated by the incredible Sue Lennox of OzGREEN and our very own Uncle Micklo doing the Acknowledgement of Country, followed by a performance of the National Anthem by Bellingen High School students Amber and Ruby Jarman and Sam Borgert.
Sue Lennox is the Co-Founder and Director of OzGREEN and was named as one of the Most Influential People in Sydney in 2007; and 2020’s NSW Senior Australian of the Year. Since the inception of OzGREEN in 1992, she has worked tirelessly with communities to deliver citizen science, leadership, and resilience programs – not only locally, but globally. Since 1992, OzGREEN has engaged over 43,000 young people in leadership programs in countries across the world. Sue comes to the Official Opening with a wealth of knowledge and an incredible story to share.
Following on from here – The Bellingen Show’s unstoppable president Gillian Anderson has organised a sensational treat for you all this year – with celebrity chef Clayton Donovan (pictured at top) and local Rockstar Mitch Grady set to spend the weekend performing a series of cooking demonstrations. Mitch will be beginning the demonstrations on Saturday with a Nose to Tail cook of beautiful organic beef raised in Bellingen, following this with a cook up specifically for the kiddos, and coming back on Sunday with a demonstration on one of the most popular movements at present: fermentation.
Clayton Donovan – Australia’s highest acclaimed Indigenous chef (and local Macksville man) will also be performing three separate cooking demonstrations over the weekend, but of course – that’s not where it ends. Clayton will also be cooking a meal for and sitting down with ten lucky humans at 2.30pm on Sunday the 9th of May. We don’t know yet what Clayton will be cooking – but to give you an idea, one of his most fascinating dishes is a local passionfruit, wasabi, and vodka Brule’. This man has an incredible passion for incorporating native Australian flavours into his cooking – and he’s ready to share it with you.
“My mother cooked really well,” Clayton says of his initial inspirations. “We didn’t have any money and she cooked from a recipe book. It was like travelling around the world, and I really enjoyed that. I also grew up with my Italian mate and I’d go around to his place and eat his cooking – his dad’s cooking, his grandmother’s cooking – and I really enjoyed that Italian side of his family. I had another good friend, his mum cooked really well and looked after me when I was younger as well. I just thought it was the bee’s knees. Food brings people together, makes you better.”
You will need to buy a $5 ticket on Saturday to go into the draw and win one of ten places at the Chef’s Table on Sunday afternoon. Winners’ tickets will be drawn at 4pm on Saturday at the Entertainment Tent – and you must be present to claim your prize. This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you just don’t want to miss, so for the love of all things good and holy! Buy yourself a ticket (or six) on Saturday, and head to the Entertainment Tent on Saturday for your chance to win!
The Show’s Committee also wanted to take a moment to thank the community rallying together in the last few weeks and helping to keep the longest running Art Exhibition in the district running this year. Thanks to you all, the competition entries jumped from just 4 entries to 92 in the space of two-weeks! And another honourable mention to all the shows volunteers.
“Without you – this show just doesn’t happen. We are always looking for more volunteers, so if you have a few hours to spare over the weekend of the 8thand 9th, please head over to our website and sign up. This show has been running since 1881, and there is something here for every person in the community. Whether you’re three or a hundred. It brings the community together. There are no boundaries. For a child entering something into the pavilion, this is their first involvement in the community. Let this be the year that you come along, put something in the show, and connect with your community again. Come back – and connect!” Gillian Anderson (President).
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By Pyari Pathania