How to get there
Ride the G: to Broadbeach North Station, walk to the Gold Coast Convention Centre, follow the overhead walkway to The Star Casino.
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Fun, food and fabulous fashion will be the order of the day at Garden Kitchen & Bar for its sensational Melbourne Cup soiree. The lauded luncheon is your chance to gather your fillies and stallions to enjoy a tantalising three-course meal and accompanying three-hour drinks package or, for something a little more chill, opt for an Insta-worthy picnic on the lawn. As always, there will be a hotly contested Fashions off the Field competition, prizes aplenty and live entertainment to keep the good times rolling well into the afternoon.
Settle in for a sumptuous long lunch starting with a taste of Tasmanian salmon carpaccio followed by an alternate drop of Black Onyx beef cooked to perfection and Elgin Farm free-range chicken breast. Bringing your feast to a sweet conclusion is a dark-chocolate delice with raspberry compote, chocolate soil and vanilla-bean ice-cream. While away the afternoon with drops of Domaine Chandon sparkling, North of South sauvignon blanc, Corte Giara pinot grigio, Woodbrook chardonnay, Beautiful Somewhere shiraz, Cape Schanck pinot noir, which are all included in the drinks package. If beer is more your vibe, the bar will be slinging James Boags light, XXXX Dry and James Squire 150 Lashes pale ale. The fun kicks off at 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and tickets are $164.64 per person.
If you’re really keen to hedge your bets for an excellent Melbourne Cup day and enjoy sipping in the sunshine, opt for a picnic table package on the lawn. Each table can seat eight to ten guests and includes a magnum of champagne on arrival, a delicious platter of food to share and a stunning three-hour drinks package. The platter menu features a selection of belly-filling snacks including chargrilled Angus beef sliders, house-smoked salmon skewers, beer-battered Australian flathead tacos, karaage chicken and crispy chips smothered in gravy. The Container Kitchen will also be on hand slinging a mouth-watering selection of snacks including house-baked focaccia, dukkah-spiced polenta bites with beetroot hummus, lamb loin skewers and Hervey Bay scallops. Picnic tables are $1300.
To book, skip over here but be warned, if you snooze you lose because if past years are anything to go by this one will sell out!