Sydney Showground welcomes return of large-scale consumer events

Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres at the 2021 OCC Homegrown.

Sydney Showground has welcomed the return of two consumer events to the venue with Expertise Event’s Oz Comic-Con Homegrown (OCC) and the Sydney Disability Expo held over the weekend.

OCC Homegrown saw 17,500 cosplay-clad attendees over two days across The Dome and Hall 2A, while in Exhibition Hall 3, the Sydney Disability Expo embraced My Future, My Choice connecting thousands of guests with over 200 products and service providers.

“The buzz across Sydney Showground this weekend was incredible and offered a glimpse into what is to come this December as we welcome the return of major events and sporting matches to the venue and look towards a booked-out calendar well into the new year,” said Andrew Roberts, Sydney Showground head of sales.

Expertise Events managing director Gary Fitz-Roy said the successful hosting of both shows sent a message “that live business events are back”.

“We were hit with omicron, council elections and some average weather, and despite all of this, we hit our numbers permitted under our approval,” he said.

“Our partners, from the showground, stand builders, security, AV, freight and PR all pulled together to ensure we delivered. Seeing is believing; we need to hold our nerve and ensure this is the start of all events returning with maximum confidence.”

Sydney Showground will now host the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of Australia’s largest wine competitions this week.