Life in the Barossa – a trip to the Tanunda Show

The Tanunda Lone Pine Agricultural Bureau Display - the centrepiece of the show hall displays
The Tanunda Lone Pine Agricultural Bureau Display – the centrepiece of the show hall displays

Last weekend we attended our first Tanunda Show at the local oval, which is about 5 minutes drive from our place. The show has been going since 1910, and I had heard a lot of discussion from many people about the competitions especially cakes and preserves. Given the near obsession with food in the place, I was quite excited to see what was on offer.

The Dill Pickle Competition is a big deal in this very German community
The Dill Pickle Competition is a big deal in this very German community

The display in the show hall was fantastic. Kids Lego creations, cakes, pickles, pickled onions, preserve, fruit and vegetables, grapes, craft and giant sunflowers – and at the front the main display of the region’s produce and wine, which was auctioned off later in the day.

Beautiful prize winning Dahlias -
Beautiful prize winning Dahlias –
My boys in front of the Tanunda Primary School Display
My boys in front of the Tanunda Primary School Display

I had considered entering some cakes, but didn’t get organised and I suspect I was still scarred from my failed entry to the Wollongong Show 30 years ago. It was a kids packet cake section and my cake was a flop. I have no idea how I failed on a packet cake, but I entered it and copped some good-natured ribbing from teachers and students alike. Not one to accept failure, I had another try and brought a perfect cake in for the teachers the following week.

Anyway, I was excited to see a few friends and a a couple of the boys’ friends had won prizes and while the prize money isn’t huge, for a 50 cent entry, I’ll definitely be having a go next year, if only to be part of the community and keep this Australian tradition alive.

These kids vegetable creations brought back memories of school
These kids vegetable creations brought back memories of school

The boys were not as excited by the displays and were keen to enjoy a hot dog and some rides with their friends, although they did come home in the afternoon and start building Lego creations “for the show next year”.

Alpacas
Alpacas

For the kids, the highlight was definitely side-show alley. I’m sure I wasn’t the only parent whose wallet felt somewhat lighter at after only a couple of rides, but the boys had a great time and I at least talked them out of any activity that would have resulted in another piece of plastic or fluffy toy making its way home.

An expensive ride paid for by the boys out of their pocket money - but they had a lot of fun!
An expensive ride paid for by the boys out of their pocket money – but they had a lot of fun!

It was a great way to spend a few hours on a beautiful March day, and I am definitely looking forward to being a part of it next year.

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angepickett

I started this blog almost 3 years ago when we first arrived in the Barossa Valley. I've always wanted to write and I wanted to share my experience of my career change, our move to this beautiful wine region and discovering my next adventure. After 15 years as a public servant working in Canberra, Beijing, China and Hanoi, Vietnam, I decided it was time for a career change and more importantly, a lifestyle change. In 2014, we left Hanoi and headed to the Barossa Valley in South Australia with a dream of a more fulfilling lifestyle in one of Australia's premier food and wine regions. My husband and I both work in the wine industry - where my job could be described as anything but making the wine. In 2017, I decided to wind-up the consulting business I established in 2015 and focus on learning as much as I could about the wine industry and writing - both on this blog and a memoir of our time in Vietnam. This blog is an opportunity for me to share my writing - about everything from motherhood, to career change, fitness, travel and our vine-change/career change experience.

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