Melbourne Cup Gold Coast 2018: Best Functions & Events | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to enjoy Melbourne Cup 2018 on the Gold Coast

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Melbourne Cup 2018 on the Gold Coast

It’s not only the horses in competition, you’ll be chomping at the bit to secure seats at just one of these venues this Melbourne Cup Day.

Where will you watch the race that stops the nation? We have done the hard yards and picked the best the Gold Coast has to offer for Melbourne Cup 2018. All that’s left for you is to find that perfect outfit!

Garden Kitchen and Bar | Broadbeach

Classy as always, Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star is putting on an event that will have you filly-ing good! Kicking off at 11am, enjoy a 3-course set menu and beverage package. The fun doesn’t stop there – with screens to view the race, sweepstakes, special guest appearances, entertainment ,and access to festivities on The Lawn,  you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. For $160, the party will continue until late, so we advise wearing your comfiest heels. Nab your tickets here.

The Island Rooftop and Bar | Surfers Paradise

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that The Island can throw one hell of a party! They’re outdoing themselves this year, and are holding two Melbourne Cup events! Set over three fabulous levels, a dazzling array of fashion, food, drinks and live entertainment will be on offer. With your choice of the Cocktail Party or Gala Luncheon, there’s something to suit every taste. Both events will offer Fashions on the Field (so dress to impress!), prizes, sweepstakes, live entertainment, and big screens to watch all the action.

The Cocktail Party includes three hours of deluxe canapes and drinks and is $99 + booking fee, while the more decadent Gala Luncheon will be held in the Island Penthouse, offering sweeping views of Surfers Paradise. Expect canapes on arrival, a three-course luncheon, and athree-and-a-half-hour beverage package featuring Mumm Grand Cordon. The event will run from 12-3.30pm and tickets are $195 per person or $2220 for a table of 12 – last year sold out, so be quick and get tickets here!

Bazaar | Surfers Paradise

Bazaar is getting all swanky this year with their famed Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, so prepare to kick-up those pretty heels for a classic Melbourne Cup Lunch (complete with oodles and oodles of champagne). Featuring an all-inclusive afternoon of fine food and drinks, a live stream from Flemington racetrack and gigantic sweepstakes, you’ll be onto a winner one way or the other. Of course, a best dressed competition will run, and we’re guessing the prizes will be epic! For those keen to party into the night, Stingray Lounge promises to keep the party vibes sky high. The event will run from 12-3pm and tickets are $149.

Stingray Lounge | Surfers Paradise

Rosé at the Races is taking over QT’s Stingray Lounge, where the adjacent outdoor pool terrace and will be the best place to don your brightest frock and loudest fascinator and pose for the thousands of selfies we know you’re going to take! Mumm Rosé Champagne will be offered on arrival to get the party started, leading into three hours of premium food and drinks, a luxe caviar station, ‘gram-worthy floral backdrops, and the Coast’s most glamorous crowd! If that’s not enough, every guest will enjoy a refreshing Aperol Spritz from their pop-up bar! The event will run from 12-3pm, tickets are $110, and available here.

Ristorante Fellini | Main Beach

Fellini is known for putting on a spread, so why should Melbourne Cup be any exception? The menu looks divine – for just $75  each guest will be treated to a four-course lunch with complimentary prosecco on arrival! On the menu this year is a mixed entrée including arancini and Caprese salad, and mains like crispy skin salmon in a cherry tomato sauce or mouth-watering thyme and sea salt crusted lamb rack with potato purée. Following the amazing smorgasbord, you can enjoy the races live on big screens, and fashion parades and sweepstakes throughout the afternoon with views out to the beautiful Southport Broadwater. Sound like your kind of celebration? Contact Ristorante Fellini on 07 5531 0300 to reserve your table.

Hideaway Kitchen and Bar | Broadbeach

Citing popular demand as the reason for its return, we are neigh-ly positive this will be a day to remember! Melbourne Cup on the Green at Hideaway will provide guests with a four-hour drinks package and four hours of Asian street food canapes, as well as sweepstakes, raffles, fashions on the field and live music. Bookings are essential – we’re not horsing around! Doors open at 11am and tickets are $125 all-inclusive.

Hilton | Surfers Paradise

Saddle up, because Hilton Surfers Paradise will be dishing up a winning lunch with a delectable menu carefully balanced with smooth whiskey pairings. Hilton’s signature restaurant, Catch, will be the place to be, with guests treated on arrival to a fresh oyster bar and an Old Fashioned. With live music from the Bogus Bookies, guests will savour the day’s main course of chargrilled wagyu striploin with dukkah carrots, and asparagus, coated in a pepper jus. For dessert, indulge in a Willow Creek double brie, fig, orange and tarragon cigar (and let’s not forget those tipples of whiskey which will accompany both courses!). A three-hour beverage package is included in the ticket price, and guests can also have a punt at the special charity auction of which all proceeds go to Black Dog Institute. Food, fun and whiskey? Sounds like the trifecta to us! Tickets are $149 per person and the event will run from 12-3pm. Book here, or call the Hilton Surfers Paradise events team on 5680 8150.

The Collective | Palm Beach

The Collective Palm Beach are on fleek this year, and are tipped for the win! All the action from Flemington will be streamed live, fashions on the field will be in full swing, and live music by Flipside will be sure to have the crowd feeling lively. For $85 per person you’ll score yourself a four-course lunch with a drink on arrival. Keep it low-key, or upgrade your day with your choice of drinks packages, from $60 per person. Book in here, and don’t forget to take work off!

The Arc | Nobby Beach

Showcasing their first Melbourne Cup, The Arc is promising a good time! Tickets are just $49.95 and include a three-course lunch with a complimentary cocktail (yaaas!). Their front area will be transformed into a decadent and exclusive Melbourne Cup lawn area and yes, there will be plenty of lawn games for punters to enjoy. Following the race, Scottish Voodoo will be providing music until the venue’s resident DJ hits the decks. There will also be two $500 prize packs for Best Dressed Male (including clothes from Culture Kings and Asahi cans) and Best Dressed Female (Mimco merchandise, French Champagne, and hair products). Festivities kick off at 12pm, and tickets are limited so make sure you get in quick!

Happy punting!

Words by Charlotte Tully