4 MAY - 9 MAY 2015


Social Events

Social events feature

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.

Nose to Tail Beef Dinner

Sunday, May 3, 6-9pm, Sidney Kidman Pavilion Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $135PP, 5 courses, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks

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In a relaxing way to start the week of Beef celebrations, this dinner will also be entertaining and educational.

Brisbane’s highly rated chef Peter Carter, Bouchers French Bistro, Graceville, will cook a delicious menu using most of the non-loin cuts.

A celebrity butcher will interact with guests as he breaks down a carcase and explains what each of the meat cuts are, and how best to cook them to get the maximum return from the beef.

The dinner is a partnership between the Angus family’s Signature Beef, Kimberley Station, Clermont, Herron Todd White and Queensland Country Life.


Beef Australia International Restaurant

Monday May 4 to Friday May 8, lunch 12-3pm, dinner 6-9pm, People’s Bar Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $150PP, banquet-style feast, includes premium beer, wine and spirits. Limited seats available – click here to purchase.

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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, 7-11pm, Boucher Bistro, Sidney Kidman Pavilion Indoor

Tickets: $140PP, three courses, includes beer and wine – click here to purchase

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, 7-11pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds 

Tickets: $130PP, two courses, includes beer and wine - click here to purchase

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 - click here to purchase

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.


Beef Connections Leaders Lunch

Thursday, 7 May, 12-2pm, Boucher Bistro, Sidney Kidman Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $70PP, two courses, includes beer or wine on arrival - click here to purchase

Beef Connections v2

The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentor Program, supported by Westpac Agribusiness, is developing the future of the beef industry with a mentoring program. Be inspired by the journeys of the mentors and mentor partners over a networking lunch.



Westpac Women in Business High Tea – Supported by Ruby Connection 

Thursday, 7 May, 1:30-4pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $75PP, includes a drink upon arrival - click here to purchase.

Sponsor - Westpac Agribusiness

Westpac Agribusiness, in conjunction with Westpac’s Ruby Connection, return to the Beef Australia expo in 2015 to host their ever popular Women in Business High Tea.

The special guest speaker at the event will be Turia Pitt, Cosmopolitan’s ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2013, short-listed for this year’s ‘Young Australian of the Year’ and the winner of the recent NSW ‘Woman of the Year’ Awards.

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She is a philanthropist, burns survivor, motivational speaker, engineer and published author.

She has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science and graduated with first class honours. She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner, Michael. Their lives were turned upside-down when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon in September 2011, and suffered burns to over 65 per cent of her body.

In 2014 alone, she completed the Variety Cycle from Sydney to Uluru, the 20 kilometre Lake Argyle Swim and a section of the Great Wall of China. She is a passionate ambassador for Interplast, a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery for people in developing countries. In 2014 she managed to raise almost $200,000 for this cause with a team of incredible women. In 2015, she will lead another group to the Inca Trail (Peru).

She undertook her MBA last year, graced the cover of the Australian Women’s Weekly, hopes to compete in an Iron Man in 2016, is excited to have a family with her wonderful partner Michael and has aspirations to study Medicine. Her memoir ‘Everything to Live For’ was published by Random House in 2013.


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 - click here to purchase


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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Born in Melbourne, but having lived in Sydney for many years, Mary became a member of the ground-breaking show Wogs out of Work in 1987, where her comic creation Effie was born. This was followed by five seasons on the TV sitcom hit Acropolis Now.

Mary’s diverse TV, film, stage and writing credits are numerous, and most recently her book All I know touched hearts across the nation when she shared an intimate view of her life experiences.

An ordinary woman doing extraordinary things – Mary’s big-hearted generosity and quick-witted humour has shone through the heartbreak, gifts and lessons that life has thrown her way, making her one of Australia’s most-renowned actors and public figures.


Suncorp Bank Sportsman’s Lunch

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

Tickets: $150PP – three courses, including beer and wine - click here to purchase

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.


Telstra Hats ‘n’ Heels Cocktail Party

Friday 8 May, 6-11pm, Hegvold Stadium, Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $115PP, finger food, includes beer, wine and spirits – click here to purchase

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A highlight of the social calendar during Beef Australia 2015 is the ‘Hats and Heels’ Cocktail Party, proudly brought to you by Telstra.

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.


Gala Beef Ball

Saturday, May 9,  6pm-12am, Cremorne Lawn – Rockhampton Showgrounds

Tickets: $250PP, three courses, includes premium beer, wine and spirits – click here to purchase 

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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 James Johnston, 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.