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Giddy up, these Melbourne Cup events will be winners!

Melbourne Cup at The Star (image supplied)
Melbourne Cup at The Star (image supplied)

There are a few things quintessential here in Australia that help denote the arrival of Spring: the sun begins to rise earlier in the mornings, magpies are lurking ready, and one of the most significant events of the year takes place — Melbourne Cup Day!

Held on the first Tuesday of November and part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, this race is the richest two-mile horse race in the world and attracts spectators not only from around the country but also the globe.

Recognised as a public holiday in Victoria, the event is loved so much for the glamourous parties that take place, it’s pretty much a public holiday everywhere else these days. And we can’t see anything wrong with that!

One place where you can catch all the excitement whilst choosing from a smorgasbord of different venues and offerings is, of course, The Star Gold Coast. Below we have broken down what’s on and what each celebration includes… don’t worry, you’ll be sure to pick a real winner.

Melbourne Cup at Cucino Vivo (image supplied)
Melbourne Cup at Cucino Vivo (image supplied)

Cucina Vivo (12pm-3pm) — $185 per person
An incredible five-course menu backed up by a generous three-hour drinks package is more than enough to see you through the afternoon. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Rosé Champagne on arrival before tucking into charming dishes like Tweed River Prawn Campanelle Pasta and Wagyu Bresaola. To keep things flowing a fashion off the field competition and special guest MC are sure to keep things fun and frivolous.
Summed up: Fabulous flavours, colours, and fashion are sure to combine for a taste of Italy you won’t forget.
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Garden Kitchen & Bar (12pm-3pm) From $169 per person
Giving you the chance to experience the day in two different ways. Opt to stay inside, and you’ll enjoy a three hours drinks package and an equally impressive three-course menu to accompany it with the likes of House Smoked Tasmanian Salmon and Black Tyde Striploin.
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Or enjoy our Spring weather out on the lawn. The afternoon is set to go with a bang as tables of eight to ten people ($1500 per table) will partake in picnic table dining with plenty of share style platters doing the rounds. Again, a three-hour drinks package affair will only get things started as entertainment will continue after the race with The Stafford Brothers giving your fascinators a run for their money.
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Summed up: Sun-splashed merrymaking is guaranteed, all backed up with the action broadcast on a huge screen and of course extremely tasty food.

Melbourne Cup at Cucino Vivo (image supplied)
Melbourne Cup at Cucino Vivo (image supplied)

Nineteen at The Star (Bar 11am-3pm and Restaurant 11.30am-3.30pm)— From $179 per person
Whatever part of this iconic venue you choose, you are promised a Melbourne Cup Day like no other. On the restaurant side, a generous 4-hour drinks package — including Veuve Clicquot Champagne — accompanies a lavish four-course lunch with inclusions such as Shallot Tarte Tatin with La Luna Goat Cheese and an extravagant ‘Fruits De Mer’ selection of the finest seafood. Go all out for the big day with tickets $375 per person.
For those who want to socialise and hang out at the epitome of opulent fun-filled bashes, the bar side of things is more for you. Here the seated cocktail format will include four hours’ worth of drinks and a rotation of flavoursome bar canapés including Mac & Cheese Croquettes and Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls — plus more. Live DJs will keep the party going long into the afternoon as you and your friends enjoy the atmosphere overlooking our beautiful skyline. Tickets are $179 per person with the option (but a must if you ask us) to upgrade to Veuve Clicquot Champagne for just $50. Because what sort of day is it without exquisite Champagne in hand?
Summed up: Unmatched sky-high sophistication with the Gold Coast’s most opulent celebration.

Atrium Bar (12pm-2.30pm) — $100 per person
If you’re a fan of yesteryear’s shenanigans had at the original Atrium Bar, then you will love the new look venue, and no doubt enjoy what’s on offer in this magically reinvented space. A 2.5-hour drinks package will run alongside roaming canapés with plenty of large screens covering the action with a special guest MC to keep the afternoon eventful. After the race, a DJ set will begin and, well, the rest is up to you
Summed up: Serious atmosphere in everyone’s favourite newly renovated iconic bar.
Buy your tickets here.

Melbourne Cup at Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)
Melbourne Cup at Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

Sports Bar (12pm-3pm) — $66 per person
Dress up and step out at one of the most immersive Cup Day experiences this year — with enough screens and surround sound to make you feel like you’re there! A race lover’s retreat, you’ll have access to the terrace, where an indulgent buffet-style feast awaits with fresh oysters, salads, and a couple of cheeky desserts like a chocolate parfait with berries.
Summed up: For those sporting fanatics out there. You won’t miss a minute of the action here!
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Kiyomi (From 5.30pm)
Whether your flutter came in good, or your horse didn’t get anywhere near the top of the field, it doesn’t matter when you sit down post-race to a delectable Asian spread at Kiyomi. The already incredible menu will feature two specials for the day including Grilled Pacific Oysters accompanied by seaweed ginger-lime dressing or Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallop (2pcs) bathed in wasabi pepper sauce. Delicious dishes fit for a day like no other!
Summed up: Wrap up the day with your favourite flavours.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST

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