Competition Overview 

The Cookery Competition presented by Spotlight is set to heat up as cooks whip up delicious creations from sensational salted caramel patty cakes to perfect preserves. 

The Cookery Live Judging will give Ekka goers an insight into the judging processes. This year’s live judging classes are Royal Scones, Banana Cake, Rosella Jam Combination and Boiled Fruitcake. They will be judged on Saturday 7 August. 

In 2021, the competition will have an exciting new home with the Spotlight Arts & Cookery precinct moving upstairs in the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC). This will allow for easier drop-off and pick-up for exhibitors via the Royal ICC loading dock. 

For information on delivery and collection dates, times and location, please read the Important Exhibitor Information. 

We welcome Spotlight as presenter of the Arts and Cookery competitions. All Champions and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters will receive a Spotlight voucher. 

Please note Cake Decorating has been moved from Cookery to be its own competition.  


Based on feedback from exhibitors, the Fine Arts Committee has decided to reduce the jar size from 375ml to 250ml for relevant preserve classesThere will be a grace period of 1-year for this transition. From 2022, entries that are not presented in the correct 250ml bottle with a metal lid will not be accepted. Jars can be purchased from the RNA (while stocks last). 


Please note, we will only be accepting online competition entries for the 2021 Ekka. If you need assistance, please contact Competition and Events Coordinator Frances Maguire on 07 3253 5145.

Important Dates
Entries Now Closed
Exhibit labels emailed to exhibitors
30 July 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Delivery of exhibits (classes 71 - 111)
31 July 2021
Judging (classes 71 - 111)
Contact Competition Coordinator
Phone: 07 3253 3900