Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell is encouraging families to take their kids to the livestock and agricultural exhibits at the Royal Adelaide Show, which starts today.
The Royal Show is also the perfect place to learn more about the State’s premium food and wine and their significance to the economy.
The Taste SA section of the IGA Pavilion, sponsored by the State Government, will give visitors the chance to meet the hardworking South Australians behind local brands.
This year a delegation from SA’s sister state Shandong - led by the Vice Governor of Shandong - will be at the SA Merino and Poll Merino ram sales, with more than 100 of the nation’s highest-quality rams being auctioned.
For the second year in a row, Shandong province also has a stand in the Jubilee Pavilion, showcasing 21 companies and their products to South Australians.
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
The Show is a brilliant way for everyone, especially kids, to learn about where our food, meat, dairy and fibre comes from. It’s a great way of making sure city kids have a taste of country life right in the heart of the city.
The show truly reinforces the importance of buying local and demonstrates the food chain from paddock to plate – through activities including milking, shearing and wood chopping.
South Australia’s agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a vital part of the State’s economy and generated about $18.2 billion in revenue in 2014/15.
One in five working South Australians is employed in the ag-business sector.
I hope this year’s Royal Adelaide Show inspires another generation to dream about a life on the farm or a career in the industry.
I encourage all families to take some time to visit the people and the animals in the pavilions at the Show who, day in day out, help our State thrive.
The Royal Adelaide Show runs from 2 to 11 September.