8 May 2024

Zecca chef, ice skating, giant fish tank to feature at Riverina Field Days 2024

| Oliver Jacques
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Zecca chef Ben Di Rosa will be offering another cooking demonstration at Riverina Field Days. Photos: Supplied.

A cooking demonstration by renowned Griffith chef Ben Di Rosa, an outdoor ice-skating rink and a giant fish tank will be among the attractions at Riverina Field Days, an annual agricultural show to be held at Griffith Showground this Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 May.

“It’s probably the biggest event we’ve ever seen,” organiser Jason Torresan said. “We’ve been fully sold out for weeks and have a waiting list of exhibitors who missed out.

“This year we have a few [first-time] attractions like ice skating, supertank, which is a giant fish tank so you can see what fish see, and the kelpie working dogs show.”

The ice-skating rink will be next to the rock-climbing and pony ride events. Tickets cost $15 and will be available from the site office.

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The Berkley fish supertank is billed as an opportunity to “see what the fish see” as experts unveil the secrets of successful angling by sharing tips on lure selection and usage.

Kelpie dog shows can be seen at 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 3 pm on the Friday and 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 3 pm on the Saturday.

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Thousands of people attended the Riverina Field Days in 2023.

Ben Di Rosa, lead chef at the popular Zecca Handmade Italian Restaurant, will return to the show to present a cooking demonstration. Last year, he showed audiences how to make handmade pasta and gave them a taste of the final product. This year, he will also be preparing a variety of sauces using regional produce to pair with the freshly made pasta. He will be inside the Woodside Hall.

“The Riverina Field Days truly offers something for everyone, making it the perfect family outing, plus the opportunity for primary producers to find out the latest in farming innovation, technology and machinery,” Mr Torresan said.

“From diverse entertainment of local singers, dancers to mouth-watering food stalls and captivating demonstrations, there’s no shortage of excitement for all ages.”

There will also be children’s attractions such as an animal nursery and mechanical bull ride. Refreshments will be offered at a beer tent, which also offers networking opportunities.

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Snake-charming expert Bob Withey will also return to handle some of the world’s deadliest snakes, providing safety tips. The Saturday will also feature performances by Melissa’s Dance Studio, SDS Griffith – Shannon’s Dance Studio and the Di Salvatore Dance Academy Griffith, while pig races will run on both days.

“The Riverina Field Days are a hub for innovation and knowledge exchange. Our exhibitors are here to share their products and services and showcase the latest in farming practices and technology,” Mr Torresan said.

“Many primary producers and agribusinesses have faced challenges such as floods or drought, rising production costs and workforce shortages, so we feel it’s important to support and encourage the profile of our agricultural industries.”

Riverina Field Days, sponsored by Lowes Petroleum, opens at 9 am on the Friday and Saturday. Carpark entry is via Gate 4 in Walla Ave. Parking is also available around the perimeter of the showground.

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