4 MAY - 9 MAY 2015


Social Events

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Beef Australia 2015 features a packed program of social events, providing all parts of community with an opportunity to join in the festivities.

Tickets for these events will go on sale in late March from www.seeitlive.com.au.


Celebrity Chef Restaurant

Monday May 4 to Friday May 8, lunch 12-3pm, dinner 7-10pm, People’s Bar Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $150PP, two courses, includes premium beer, wine and spirits

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A rare chance to be served by some of the world’s finest chefs, including Matt Golinski, Alistair McLeod, Massimo Mele, Alvin Leung, Tarek Ibrahim, Vindex Tengker, Ben O’Donoghue, Matt Burke and Shane Bailey.

With different chefs on service each day, the Beef Australia 2015 Celebrity Chef Restaurant will feature unique menus daily featuring flavours from all over the world.

This opportunity is not to be missed.


Rabobank Beef Industry Awards Dinner

Monday, 4 May, 7pm, Boucher Bistro, Sidney Kidman Pavilion Indoor

Tickets: $140PP, three courses, includes beer and wine

Sponsor - Rabobank

Now a fixture on the annual beef calendar, the Rabobank Beef Industry Awards acknowledges the efforts and achievements of innovators and leaders.

It will be attended by the key players from all sectors of industry, including production, processing, retailing, transport, marketing and R&D, who will gather to celebrate the achievements of their peers.

The evening culminates with the presentation of the Queensland Country Life Red Meat Achiever of the Year Award, which recognises the work of an industry stakeholder who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the national industry.

The major awards to be presented on the evening are:

  • The QCL Red Meat Achiever of the Year
  • Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador
  • MLA Genetic Improvement Award


Ruralco Commercial Cattle Awards Dinner

Monday 4 May, 7-10:30pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds 

Tickets: $130PP, two courses, includes beer and wine

Sponsor - Ruralco

The Ruralco Commercial Cattle Championships are expected to attract more than 2000 head of quality cattle, which will be judged on Sunday, 3 May, at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) at Gracemere.

On Monday, 4 May 2015, CQLX will host the Sale of Champions and a Feature Sale, which will attract many livestock buyers and interested parties.

Placegetters in the competition will be announced at this gala dinner which will recognise the best in the business.


ANZ National Beef Carcase Competition Dinner

Tuesday, 5 May, 7-10pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $130PP, two courses, includes beer and wine

Sponsor - ANZ

Beef producers from around Australia have a unique opportunity to benchmark their product on a national level by entering the ANZ National Beef Carcase Competition – with participating processors in every state this is truly a national event.

To align with peak turn off periods, entrants have had the opportunity to have their cattle entries delivered over a 10-month competition phase to their nominated meat processor for carcase judging.

All winners will be announced at the ANZ National Beef Carcase Awards Dinner, and all exhibitors will be provided with result details of their entries.


Westpac Ruby Connections High Tea

Wednesday, 6 May, 2-5pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $75PP, includes a drink upon arrival

Sponsor - Westpac Agribusiness


CommBank Breakfast Bash

Friday, 8 May 8, 7:30am, Outdoor café near the stud cattle housing

Tickets: Free

Sponsor - Commonwealth Bank

Are you Australia’s undiscovered fast bowling superstar?

If you are, the Commonwealth Bank stand at Beef Australia 2015 will give you the perfect opportunity to show off your skill – and if you’re not, you’ll still have the chance to see how your bowling skills stack up.

As well as putting your cricket skills to the test, those attending the breakfast will have the chance to try all-new beef bacon hot off the barbecue.


NAB Agribusiness Ladies Luncheon

Friday, 8 May, 12-4pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $130PP, three courses, including beer and wine and cocktails on arrival

Sponsor - NAB

For a fabulous afternoon of fine dining and fantastic entertainment to acknowledge ordinary women doing extraordinary things, there is no better place than the NAB Agribusiness Ladies Luncheon.

The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Mary Coustas, Logie Award-winning actor and comedian, better known as her alter ego Effie.

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Mary Coustas began her performing career with the innovative Handspan Theatre in Melbourne. An invitation to join the cast of Wogs out of Work saw her create her own characters including the inspirational Effie.

Confronting Anglo Saxons (Skips) with the own prejudices, Wogs out of Work became the most successful original Australian theatre show ever produced, breaking box office records and touring nationally for more than two years.

The show’s phenomenal success led to five seasons of the hit TV sitcom series Acropolis Now in which Mary played Effie Stephanides, the Greek hairdresser who stole the show with her big mouth and refusal to take lip from anyone.


Suncorp Bank Sportsman’s Lunch

Friday 8 May, 12-3pm, Boucher Bistro, Sidney Kidman Pavilion Indoor

Tickets: $150PP – three courses, including beer and wine

Sponsor - Suncorp

One of the most popular social events at every Beef Australia expo, the Suncorp Bank Sportman’s Lunch promises a heady mix of great food, generous drinks, and plenty of laughs.

This year’s event will feature cricketing great, Adam Gilchrist, and motor racing legend Craig Lowndes, who will deliver a memorable afternoon of anecdotes stories from their time touring the world and competing against some of the heroes of their sports.

As both a wicket-keeper and a devastating batsman, Gilchrist changed the face of modern cricket and the standards expected of glove-men around the world.

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Craig Lowndes is the most successful driver in Australian motor sport history. He has won more championships races than any other driver at the sport’s highest level, and is also the recipient of a record four Barry Sheene Medals, the sport’s best and fairest award.

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It is a rare day to have two sporting legends like these together in the one room – the Suncorp Bank Sportsmen’s Lunch is not to be missed.


Hats & Heels Cocktail Party

Friday 8 May, 6-9pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $115PP, finger food, includes beer, wine and spirits

A highlight of the social calendar during Beef Australia 2015 is the ‘Hats and Heels’ Cocktail Party.

It’s a great opportunity for young people with an interest in the beef industry to ‘kick up their heels’ and network in a relaxed, social environment.

The evening caps off a big day for the future leaders of the beef industry, and follows on from the Next Generation Forum on Friday morning.


Beef Australia 2015 Gala Ball

Saturday, May 9,  7-12pm, Cremorne Lawn – Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $250PP, three courses, includes premium beer, wine and spirits

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This popular black tie event will be held for the first time will be held under the stars on the Cremone Lawn at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

As well as adding a new layer of sparkle to the glitzy atmosphere, the move outdoors will allow for more people to attend the ever-popular evening, with catering prepared for a crowd of 1400.

A sumptuous three course dinner, naturally showcasing Australian beef, will be prepared by CO Catering & Events, and accompanied by a premium beverage package including Lion Queensland beers, St Hallett Wines and basic spirits.

Entertainment for the night includes the talented Ali Crane, Keith Andrews and culminating with the Red Tie Band who will have everyone up dancing.

The Gala Beef Ball is also proudly supported by Win Television, Stage & Audio Event Solutions, and the Giddy Goat.