International Orchid Show at YMCA Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium

Hawkesbury City Council is proud to support the 21st Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show, Orchids in the Foothills, hosted by the Orchid Society of NSW and open to the public from Friday, 20 July to Sunday, 22 July 2018. It will be held at YMCA Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, Greenhills Way, South Windsor, which is an excellent indoor venue for such a large international event.

The event will run from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, adults $10, free entry for children under 15.

World’s first blue orchidBlue Orchid

Attendees will have the chance to admire a large range of strikingly beautiful orchids from overseas and Australia as well as the world's first blue Phalaenopsis Wedding Parade orchid, NSW Orchid Society President Irene Chalmers explained.

“The showstopper at this year’s Conference and Show will be the sensational blue orchid, which will be on display for the first time in Australia,” Mrs Chalmers said.

“The blue orchid was developed by Dr Chin, Dr Masahiro Mii and researchers at Chiba University, Japan, and it has never been allowed outside Japan until now.

“The world's first blue Phalaenopsis Wedding Parade orchid will be on display under 24 hour security in a sealed box,” Mrs Chalmers said.

“The research team used genes from blue Asiatic dayflowers (Commelina communis) to create the orchid, which has flowers that are about 5cm across, with nearly 30 flowers on each plant.

Orchids will be on display and for sale. Twenty two Australian and seven international vendors will sell hundreds of species and hybrids, accompanied by a range of complementary products and materials suitable for the orchid hobbyist.

Eminent speakers will also share their scientific expertise, international experts will provide insights into the art of orchid growing and culture, and there will be special topics targeting orchid hobbyists. Half price tickets* are available for students, see below.

Vanilla competition

A special competition is being run by the Orchid Society in conjunction with the Orchid Show, but hurry as it closes on Wednesday, 18 July.

The competition requires local food outlets to use vanilla in a menu item for the chance to win $500. Judges will taste the ‘vanilla enhanced’ items to select the winning recipe.

Customers also have the chance to win a beautiful flowering orchid, with the raffle to be drawn at the opening ceremony of the 21st Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show. To join in the raffle, simply order a ‘vanilla’ menu item from a participating food outlet and then send your contact details and ‘proof of purchase’ receipt to AOCC2018 at PO Box 5396 Chullora 2190 or email a scanned receipt to aocc2018@orchidsocietynsw.com.au by 5pm, 18 July 2018. Interested food outlets can contact Helen Mason on 0448 535528 or helenrobmason@gmail.com to participate.

So, get out and about and start sampling new vanilla creations in the Hawkesbury. Participating venues can be identified by an A4 competition poster displayed at the food venue and are listed below:

Participating cafes list:

  • Australian Outback Bakehouse
  • Barrel 58 Café
  • Barrels and Ashes
  • Boots Bar
  • Bridge Cafe
  • Cafe Cornerstone
  • Choc Drop Café
  • Beans Café
  • Hands on Chocolate
  • Kravings
  • Second Home Café
  • Windsor Ice Cream Cafe

* Half price conference tickets for students

Students will receive a discounted conference fee of $50 per person per day to participate in the 21st Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show 2018. Eminent speakers will share their scientific expertise, international experts will provide insights into the art of orchid growing and culture, and there will be special topics targeting orchid hobbyists. Students will have a unique opportunity to meet the ‘who’s who’ of the orchid world.

For more information and to register for the conference visit http://aocc2018.orchidsocietynsw.com.au or call Helen Mason on 0448 535 528 or helenrobmason@gmail.com

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