Show food gets a little bit gourmet at North Coast National
DAGWOOD dogs still rule the roost at the North Coast National, but gourmet treats are starting to turn tastebuds too.
You can find pretty much any fast food fare you want at this year's show: the traditional fairy floss and chips, Indian, Mexican and Thai, and even a high-end coffee with traditional Italian biscotti.
Chef Alessandro Matricardi from Alstonville and Lennox Head's Quattro is famed for his gourmet pizzas, under the company's catering moniker Oliva and Luca
It's his first time doing the North Coast National but he's very optimistic about the event.
"People want a bit more variety; they're a bit more savvy these days," chef Matricardi explained.
"Less is more with my pizzas, when you pile it on with such nice ingredients you lose the essence."
Olive and Luca uses local ingredients wherever possible; all their meat and smallgoods are sourced locally. Another new wave show stall dishing up global-orientated fare is Shoza Gyoza, created by Clunes local Jireh Dixon.
Ms Dixon was inspired to create the stall after living in Japan and experienced Japanese street stalls selling the legendary gyoza, a kind of Japanese dumpling.
Shoza Gyoza uses local Bangalow free-range pork and has a vegan version.
And for a local dessert, there's one man taking on the traditional Streets and Peters brands with his own high-end ice-cream.
Made locally in Pottsville and using Norco cream, Franz Zdesar's Cow and Milk gelato sells 57 flavours of the Italian ice-cream including salted caramel and pistachio from the Bronte region of Italy.
But with all this gourmet food, let's not forget the traditional fare at the show - Dagwood dogs and fairy floss. Show veteran Neil Robinson has been serving up Dagwood dogs and fairy floss since the 1960s.
"The Dagwood dogs are part and parcel of the show," he said.