Food glorious food is the way to go at the show
BARRY Robinson has had a long association with the North Coast National.
The Goonellabah man's father, Alan, had a boxing tent at the Lismore show in the 1940's and he has had a food stand since 1965.
And while the show has changed a lot in that time, one thing that hasn't is people's love of dagwood dogs and hot chips, Mr Robinson said.
"They are still as popular as ever," he said. "People like food that they can get on the go.
"We've stuck to fairy floss, hot chips and dagwood dogs.
"People have come and tried all sorts of gimmicky things, they come and go, but dagwood dogs and chips are always staples of the show."
However for showgoers wanting to try something new, then on the other side of the showground is Taylor Made Food, who are making an appearance at the show for the first time.
Kelly Taylor, of Lennox Head, runs a catering business and said she saw the show as an opportunity to get some exposure.
She said a few of the dishes she offered - pulled pork rolls and Thai salad, for example - had already become favourites with visitors.
"The response has been great," she said. "Pulled pork rolls have been popular. Little pigs are actually flying out the door.
We have repeat customers already, and it's only our first day."
With is plenty of different food on offer, from home-cooked meals to tornado twisters and gyoza, there is something to suit most tastes at this year's show which runs until Saturday.