Eat, drink and be merry

Those who love the carnival atmosphere of colour, noise and excitement will not be disappointed at this year’s Newcastle Regional Show.

All the popular favourites remain and some enlisted to return, to sit alongside all the new attractions.

Oh what a night: The whole family will enjoy the popular fireworks display that will entertain crowds at the end of each day at the show.

Oh what a night: The whole family will enjoy the popular fireworks display that will entertain crowds at the end of each day at the show.

The showbag area has an amazing variety of the latest branded, licensed and confectionary bags.

There is something for the whole family to enjoy and many of the showbags are the same as those at the Sydney Royal later in the month.

All the popular favourites remain to sit alongside the new attractions at this year's Newcastle Regional Show.

In sideshow alley, there are high adrenaline family and children’s games as well as a slew of exciting rides to satisfy even the biggest thrill-seeker.

Rides to be enjoyed at this year’s show include Freak Out, Speed, XXXL, BreakDance, Haunted Dark Ride, Super Fun Slide and kiddies train, pirate ship and the tea cups.

If you want a change of pace, you can tantalise your taste buds with more than 20 gourmet food vans attending over the weekend.

The cuisines range from Greek, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Turkish, vegan, vegetarian as well as contemporary sliders, ribs and gourmet burgers.

Finish this fare with a coffee and an array of desserts to die for.

If shopping is more your style, you can satisfy your urges at one of the more than 30 commercial sites.

For the animal lovers, there will be the agricultural competitions including stud beef cattle, goats, horses and show jumping as well as the popular animal nursery.

You can also wander through the budgerigar, poultry, sheep and reptile displays.

Other traditional favourites on display at the show throughout the weekend include photography, handcrafts, cookery, floral art, rats and mice, model train display, woodchop, woodturning and the ever-popular working dog demonstrations

To plan your visit to the Newcastle Regional Show, and get a full list of what’s on and where, go to newcastleshow.com.au.

The Newcastle Regional show will be held on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th and will be fun for the whole family so mark it on your calendar today.