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Heritage theme opens with avant garde bites

Hannah St James, Ashleigh Rumble and Paris Zorzit  try an alpaca burger that will be available at the Canberra Show.

Hannah St James, Ashleigh Rumble and Paris Zorzit try an alpaca burger that will be available at the Canberra Show. Photo: Colleen Petch

Hate to say it but the alpaca tasted yum, if with a little guilty aftertaste. Alpaca burgers, alpaca sausages, smoked leg of alpaca and alpaca kofta were served up at the launch of the Royal Canberra Show, which opens on Friday.

The reactions included ''quite light in taste'', ''not at all gamey'' ''a bit like lamb, only lighter'', ''very nice, very sweet'' and ''I would eat it again''.

Ian Frith, from Illawarra Prime Alpaca, is serving up alpaca meat at the show for the first time. He sells the meat to restaurants, pubs and delis and says people are usually surprised by the taste.

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''People think it's a gamey meat, but it's not at all,'' he said.

A new taste sensation is only one of numerous attractions at the show this year.

Royal National Capital Agricultural Society president Rod Crompton said about 100,000 people were expected to visit over the three days.

''With all that is happening here, I'm sure we will get that number,'' he said.

This year's show has a heritage bent to recognise Canberra's centenary.

The old-school attractions include the live boxing of Roy Bell's Touring Boxing Stadium, not seen in Canberra for 10 years. There is also a working bullock team with beasts weighing up to 1300 kilograms.

A showmen's museum has illusion mirrors and puppet theatre. There is a milking barn with hand-milked cows. And the intriguing Tea Side Saddle Challenge where competitors will ride a horse side-saddle, eating a scone and sipping tea, while navigating an obstacle course.

A Centenary of Fashion parade, styled by Sofia Polak and featuring hats by Christine Waring, will show Canberra's fashion evolution.

Mr Crompton said the Canberra show was ''a great opportunity to bring the country into the city''.

''Within a 100-mile radius of here, there's all sorts of agricultural activities,'' he said. ''And as part of that, we've got the president's award for the first time recognising the best agricultural exhibit, from a bottle of wine to a Murray Grey bull.''

7 comments

  • Do you really think these ladies would be so keen to eat these amazing animals if they had a few living ones to interact with right next to the stall selling it? Once again disconnection from the reality of wholesale slaughter of other living creatures we share this planet with. Do people not understand that while humans continue to commit violent acts we will never have peace as a species ourselves? Madness

    Commenter
    benjamin.garden1
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    Campbell
    Date and time
    February 22, 2013, 12:01PM
    • Top of the food chain is great though!! I hope the Alpacas think of the poor grass

      Commenter
      WotTha?????
      Date and time
      February 22, 2013, 12:21PM
    • @Benjamin - I agree. I wonder if those young women stopped to consider how they come across in that photo. Shoving cute dead animal into your face is never a good look.

      @WotTha????? - The grass? Showing your usual capability for broad-thinking, I see.

      Commenter
      yumq
      Location
      Reid
      Date and time
      February 22, 2013, 12:59PM
    • @WotTha????? You know, there is one big difference between humans and "other" animals. Free will. Animals that eat other animals do so purely based on instinct. As humans we can choose not to eat other animals and not cause them suffering and pain while remaining healthy ourselves. If we decide as humans that we can "use" other creatures for our purposes purely because they are weaker and unable to defend themselves, why not weaker humans? After all, it's all about the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest right?

      Commenter
      benjamin.garden1
      Location
      Campbell
      Date and time
      February 22, 2013, 1:28PM
  • Eating an animal for novelty purpose .. how far we've come.

    Commenter
    tutu
    Date and time
    February 22, 2013, 1:04PM
    • No wonder Alpacas spit on people!

      Commenter
      Iranian Space Monkey
      Date and time
      February 22, 2013, 1:05PM
      • Every comment left so far is clearly by a muppet.
        Just eat the meat and shut up.

        Commenter
        Lukesington
        Location
        ACT
        Date and time
        February 22, 2013, 1:16PM
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