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Get a taste of the Royal Melbourne Show at home

·       Victoria’s favourite show bags can now be delivered straight to your door

·       Great options for entertaining the kids, including cooking, art and craft show bags

·       Plus, the chance to win an epic 1,000 Bertie Beetles by entering the Bertie Beetle Budding Artist competition 

“We know many Victorians are really facing it tough at the moment and looking for ways to spark a little joy at home during lockdown and restrictions. Why not bring a bit of the Royal Melbourne Show to your lounge room?” says Emily Williams of Showbag Shop online, home of Australia’s favourite show bags, including the much-loved Bertie Beetle show bag.

“I know it is disappointing to miss out on the Royal Melbourne Show, but you can now get your show bags delivered direct to your door! The good news is our full range of show bags normally available at the Royal Melbourne Show is now available online at” continued Mrs Williams. “There are some excellent options to keep the kids entertained. My personal favourites are the Kids Creation Station and Kids Kitchen show bags. The BIG Nestle Family Deal and some of our Value Bundles provide something for the whole family.”

Show bags are uniquely Australian and have been bringing joy to families for over 50 years. Mrs Williams says she was devastated to hear the sad news that the Melbourne Show won’t be going ahead this year, after being involved for the last 20 years.

“The Royal Melbourne Show is a significant event on our calendar,  and we have been planning for the last six months. We were so excited to bring our best range of show bags ever to the Show for Victorians to enjoy. While this is a huge blow for our small business, and many Victorians, we understand the health of Australians is the most important thing,” says Mrs Williams.

“Interestingly, we have noticed some orders already starting to come in from Melbourne and regional Victoria, which gives us some hope – I imagine because it is an affordable and easy way to inject a bit of excitement at home during these tough times.”

Over 65 show bags are available online, with options for all ages and price points across fashion, beauty, confectionery, entertainment and kids. Chicane’s Show bag brands include the iconic Bertie Beetle show bags, as well as Roxy, Nude by Nature, Stella Athletic, Nerf, Home and Away, ACDC and The Beatles, to name just a few.

Bertie Beetle – A much-loved part of Victorian history

“Although Bertie Beetle is loved across Australia, many people may be surprised to know that the lovable bug was first produced in Melbourne – so he is technically a Victorian! Now, more than seven million Bertie Beetle chocolates are consumed each year,” continued Mrs Williams.

Bertie Beetle was first formulated as a means of utilising the unused shards of honeycomb from the production of Violet Crumble in the early 1960s. He first appeared as part of the Hoadley’s Chocolate Show bag in 1963 alongside Violet Crumble and Polly Waffle, back in the day when there were 30 odd show bags available, not the 400 you can choose from today. Bertie became so popular that in 1972 the official Bertie Beetle Show bag was born.

At there are now eight different Bertie Beetle show bags and bundle packs, including a whooping huge haul of 350 Bertie Beetles for the serious chocoholics. For those wanting some nostalgic comfort there is even a Bertie Beetle Super Fan retro bundle that is already selling like hotcakes, complete with limited edition camp mugs, socks and retro tin, all featuring the original 1960s Bertie Beetle logo.

The chance to win an epic 1,000 Bertie Beetles!

To bring some extra fun this year, Show bag Shop has launched a Bertie Beetle Budding Artist competition for both adults and kids, with the chance to win a number of epic prizes including an incredible 1,000 Bertie Beetles!

Competition categories:

·       Best in show – the hands down BEST Bertie Beetle piece of art. Prize: a 10kg carton of Bertie Beetles – that’s about 1,000 Bertie Beetles!

·       Meme creator – we love nothing more than a meme. Prize: A $100 Show bag Shop voucher and a Bertie Beetle Diamond Deal Show bag.

·       Kids category – open to kids aged 13 and under. Entries are to be submitted by a responsible adult. A $100 Show bag Shop voucher and a Bertie Beetle Diamond Deal Show bag.

For all entries, upload a picture of your creation to Facebook or Instagram, tell us about yourself in the caption and tag @bertiebeetleshowbags and use the hashtag #bertiebeetlebuddingartist.

Entries will open on 31st of August and close at midnight on 30th of September, 2020. On 1 October the team at the Show bag Shop will create a shortlist and will put it to a vote via Instagram and Facebook to determine the winners!

Show bag Shop is an online store selling a full range of show bags across chocolate and confectionery, kids, fashion, beauty and entertainment, as well as magazine sample bags.

The full range of show bags available and information about the competition can be found at


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