2019 Competition Highlights

Show off your talent at Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event!

Join in the fun, be in the running for some amazing prizes and share your creativity with around 470,000 visitors at Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event, The Royal Melbourne Show. The 2019 Art, Craft & Cookery competition has some fantastic new classes to try, amazing, valuable prizes on offer and a host of fun activities to enjoy. The competition encourages creativity, imagination and learning of new skills.

New Classes

Art & Craft
Mosaic Art now has a class of its own. Enter your Marvellous Monogram into the Creative Design Challenge. Blackwork Embroidery has been introduced. The Fun Fat Quarter Project will test your creativity.

We celebrate long standing cookery judge Ann Marston with her signature sultana cake recipe.
The confectionery section has expanded with the introduction of a Turkish Delight class.

Heritage Preserve Challenge
Everything old is new again with the re-introduction of Pickled Walnuts into the Mustards and Pickles section after 100 years.

Live Judging
What makes a baked good ribbon-worthy? Enter your family favourite apple pie recipe in this new class and watch as its judged live on stage in the Spotlight Makers Pavilion.


Celebrate The Mighty Angus!

In our ongoing commitment to bring the country to the city, the 2019 Art, Craft & Cookery competition will celebrate the Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle feature breed – the Angus.
Join in the fun with ‘The Mighty Angus’ creative challenge; new classes have been added across the schedule inviting exhibitors to enter their themed creations.

Art and Photography inspired by the Beef Cattle feature breed.

Quilting by incorporating an Angus motif into quilt design.

Junior Competition
These include everything from photography and art through to craft and decorated cakes! New classes have been added ensuring primary school exhibitors have as many opportunities to express their creativity as their high school counterparts.


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 competition has continued to celebrate achievement and showcase excellence. To celebrate our colourful history you are invited to enter our Vintage Show Challenges.

Cheese Straws
In 1919 the moreish savoury biscuit known as the ‘cheese straw’ was entered as a competition class in the Cookery competition. Recreate this afternoon tea delicacy using the recipe provided.

Birthday Cake
In 1927, the Birthday Cake was introduced as a competition class. Enter your family favourite and have your recipe published online – anyone can enter!


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 Dementia Australia. Entries will be displayed in a feature exhibition and Royal Melbourne Show visitors will vote for their favourite prize-winning cosy.


For more information, view schedule here.