Your Melbourne Cup Options
don’t panic, but it’s almost November…
Melbourne cup is fast approaching. have you made plans?
Because once you’ve bought your frock (from Florence & Marabel or Ivy Collections, probably), you’ve found a bit of fluff for your mane, and brushed up on some make-up tips (priorities), it’s time to choose your event.
Here are the main contenders for your ticket.
The Offer: the basic package includes craft beer and wine, as well as canapés, sliders and seafood. The VIP package adds cocktails on arrival, plus Laurent Perrier Champagne
The Price: standard tickets are $89, and VIP tickets are $129
The Extras: raffles, sweeps, and best dressed prizes
The Start Time: the four-hour package kicks off at 11am
Toowoomba Hospital Foundation
The Offer: hosted by Urban Grounds Café, tickets include canapés, main and dessert, plus endless sparkling – all to raise money for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation
The Price: $85
The Extras: gift bags, lucky door prizes and sweeps
The Start Time: the day kicks off at 10.30am – Champagne brunch anyone?
Clifford Park Racecourse
The Offer: for those who actually want to see a horse race, Clifford Park is hosting live, local racing and entertainment
The Price: a three-course sit-down lunch with a glass of Champagne on arrival will cost $90; Pimm’s and canapés will cost $70
The Extras: the Fashions on the Field is always fiercely contested
The Start Time: the five-hour package kicks off at 11am
Gabbinbar spring garden party
The Offer: cocktails on arrival, four-hour drinks package with Mumm Champagne, catering by Gabbinbar, a massive screen showing full event coverage, and live entertainment. The event will also benefit Emerge, a local social enterprise.
The Price: $220
The Extras: sweeps, betting facilities, live entertainment and best dressed prizes
The Start Time: the four-hour package kicks off at the very sensible time of 12pm
spring fling at fitzy’s
The Offer: three-course lunch with complementary bubbles on arrival
The Price: $85
The Extras: best dressed prized and live music on the deck
The Start Time: 11.30am until 2.30pm
lunch at the Burke & Wills
The Offer: order from the Zack’s restaurant menu
The Price: as you’re ordering from the menu, you can spend as much or as little as you like
The Extras: sweeps, a best-dressed competition, and a live broadcast from Flemington
The Starts Time: the restaurant opens at 11.30am
city golf club
The Offer: Champagne and canapés followed by lunch with wine – all to raise funds for White Ribbon
The Price: $75
The Extras: live fashion parade, sweeps and auctions
The Start Time: the day kicks off at 10am, so maybe just take the day off work?