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What’s New for 2017

PLEASE NOTE: All page references relate to the Art, Craft & Cookery Competition Schedule.

Share in over $50,000 worth of prizes and cash, including:
$1000 voucher Best in Show Craft – Spotlight
$1000 cash Best in Show Art – Diana Gibson AO
$500 cash/$500 voucher Best in Show Photography – Prism Imaging
$500 cash/$500 voucher Best in Show Cookery – Maxwell & Williams
$1000 voucher Best in Show Confectionery – Spotlight
$1000 cash Best in Show Decorated Cakes – The Healthy Baker
$1000 gift pack/voucher Best in Show Preserves - Fowlers

Art and Photography Sales
The Art and Photography Sales will be officially launched at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. Due to popular demand from both the public and exhibitors, you can nominate your work for sale, exposing it to an audience of nearly 450,000 people across 11 days of Show.

Springtime Theme 2017
Spring has sprung right through the schedule with knitted blooms, paper flowers, sun hats, floral quilts, crocheted flowers, and fruit cordial and springtime decorated cupcakes.

New Entrants
If you haven’t entered the Royal Melbourne Show Art, Craft & Cookery competition before, make sure you check out the three new classes designed especially for beginners:
Blue Ribbon Recipe – Cake Challenge 
Blue Ribbon Recipe – Relish Challenge 
One Ball Wonder – Knit and Crochet challenge 

Even if it’s your first Show, have a go! This year there is something to suit all ages, skill levels and interests with new and improved classes and challenges.

New Classes

Art & Craft
New high tech challenges to inspire include Tablet Art, Selfies in Photography and 3D Printing in Junior Freeform Basketry Freeform Basketry, Totes Amazing Tote bags and Crazy Patchwork Lap Rug Challenge are among more than 20 new classes in 2017.

Lemon Shortbread Cake, Cheese Straws and Birthday Cake are all new inclusions. Confectionery has almost doubled in classes with the inclusion of Honeycomb, Truffles, Rocky Road and Lollypops.

Vintage Show Challenges

Originally known as Women’s Industries, the Royal Melbourne Show Art, Craft & Cookery Competition is more than 100 years old. First introduced in 1911, this popular and enduring Show competition has continued to celebrate achievement and showcase excellence. In celebration of our colourful history, you are invited to take part in the Vintage Show Challenges.

Art & Craft
The popular Patons Challenge in Knitting by Hand and Crochet return with two vintage patterns to inspire intermediate and advanced makers. The Scatter Cushion, a highlight of the 1967 Schedule makes a retro return.

Cheese Straws made their debut 100 years ago and were a popular afternoon tea delicacy at the time. The Birthday Cake introduced in 1927 is a perennial favourite amongst domestic cooks and makes a welcome return this year. The mysterious Porcupine Jelly marks the 70th anniversary of male competitors invited as part of the transition from Women’s Industries to Home Craft 

Tea Cosy Collective

Join in the fun of this free open class and in doing so help support patients, carers and families coping with dementia. Each tea cosy entered will be matched by a monetary donation to Alzheimer’s Australia. Entries will be displayed in a feature exhibition and Show visitors will vote for their favourite prizewinning cosy.