Sydney Showground Wins Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) – State Banqueting & Catering Award

By Sydney Showground, 16 March, 2017

Sydney Showground has won top honours at the Meetings & Events Australia state awards held in Sydney last night.

Sydney Showground claimed victory in the Banqueting & Catering category having successfully delivered 294 events during the qualifying period, including premium international and national conferences, large-scale exhibitions, gala dinners for up to 4,000 guests, numerous business functions and cocktail parties.

In addition, Sydney Showground was recognised for its catering achievements at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. During this event the catering department manages 23 venues, a kitchen brigade of 85 people and a front-of-house team of 300 who deliver over 10,000 meals at numerous outlets and functions throughout the 14-day event.

Peter Thorpe, General Manager of Sydney Showground, said he was delighted the team has been recognised with this prestigious industry award.

“I am proud to be part of such a dedicated team who work tirelessly on every event, with one goal in mind, to provide the best possible experience for clients and their guests,” he said.

“This award recognises the team’s passion for sourcing high-quality ingredients and turning them into innovative menus that consistently deliver over and above our clients’ expectations. It proves that we don’t only produce a top product, but maintain a consistently high standard across all our banqueting and catering operations,” Mr Thorpe said.




  • Sydney Showground is a not-for-profit with all revenue going directly back into supporting agriculture and rural communities in NSW (Sydney Showground is part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, RAS)
  • Spotless Stadium was voted No. 1 for AFL fan experience in 2015
  • Spotless Stadium is home to the GWS Giants, Sydney Thunder and will host 8 home games of the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2016-17
  • Sydney Showground has the Best Venue Team, as awarded by EEAA in 2015
  • Sydney Showground is the winner of Best Achievement in Venue Management at the Australian Event Awards 2016
  • Sydney Showground has 22 unique venues
  • Sydney Showground hosts over 110 large events each year
  • Sydney Showground can cater for events from 100 to 10,000 people
  • Sydney Showground hosts Australia’s largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • Sydney Showground welcomes over 1.7 million visitors a year
  • Sydney Showground has 5 hotels within walking distance
  • Sydney Showground has over 30 places to eat within 300m of the site


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Roger White

Manager, Public Relations

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
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Source: Sydney Showground