Melbourne Cup is a race that literally stops the nation and Canberra is no exception. There will be events and celebrations held around the Capital for all to enjoy.
If you wish to enjoy the day trackside, the ACTTAB Melbourne Cup Race Day will be held at Thoroughbred Park in Lyneham, however if you are just as happy to enjoy a long lunch in front of the big screen, there are numerous options to choose from.
Below is just a taste of what is happening around the city, however more events will pop up daily. Check local free magazines, clubs, restaurants and your favourite local cafes for their Melbourne Cup Lunch events.
CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL in the CBD has a lunch for $125 which includes "a glass of bubbles to accompany the feast of a lifetime". See here for details including the details of the menu. For example the main options are "The Provincial Wood Roasted Black Truffle 1/2 Chicken", "Wood Fired BBQ Spice Crusted Calamari" or "Pepper "Steak au Poivre".
Dress to Impress. Source: Capital Bar and Grill website
HOTEL REALM in Barton will be hosting a three course lunch with champagne on arrival in their National Ballroom. For $135 per person, there will be live entertainment, Fashions on the Field, prizes and giveaways. See menu below.
Source: Hotel Realm website.
In their Ostani lounge, bar & restaurant they will also be having a Melbourne Cup party with hot and cold canapés, three hour premium beverage package, cocktails, live musicians and prizes for $85 per person. See their website for more information about these popular events.
CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB will hosting Melbourne Cup Lunches at all of their locations across the city.
Melbourne Cup Day at the Southern Cross Club. Source: CSCC website.
Woden will be having The Corinna Cup Lunch in their Corinna Ballroom with three big screens, two course lunch, wine, TAB facilities, entertainment, prizes and sweeps. Tickets $39.50. Book in person at the Club or pay online here with additional charges. Call 6283 7200 for more information.
The Yacht Club has water views of Lake Burley Griffin and champagne on arrival, a three course set menu, plus prizes for best dressed and best hat. Tickets $75. Book in person at the Club or pay online here with additional charges. Phone 6273 1784 for more information.
Tuggeranong's Valley Grille will have a Cup Platter, with king prawns, shaved smoked chicken breast, shaved ham, dips and salad for $24 (pre-booked only) and in their Peppercress restaurant there will be a delicious two-course luncheon and live entertainment from Calum Howarth. Tickets $75. Book in person at the Club. Phone 6293 7200 for more information. Jamison will have the Cup Platter (as above). Book in person at the Club. Phone 6251 2255 for more information. Bookings are essential, see their website for more information.
PAVILION ON NORTHBOURNE in Dickson will be holding a Melbourne Cup Day three course luncheon and beverage package with prizes for Best Dressed and Best Hat. There will be onsite ACTAB facilities, Fashion Parade, Sweepstakes, Trivia, Lucky Door Prizes and guest appearances from ACT Brumbies rugby team. Tickets are $115 per person.
GEORGE HARCOURT INN English Pub at Gold Creek Village will be turning on the TV for the only time each year to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. Celebrate with a pub lunch and a choice of 21 beers on tap, while you enjoy the atmosphere of this popular pub.
THE CANBERRA LABOR CLUB will be hosting Melbourne Cup luncheons at their City, Belconnen, Weston Creek and Ginninderra Labor Clubs with different packages per club. See here for details.
THE HYATT HOTEL in Yarralumla is the only Hotel in Canberra with onsite TAB betting this Melbourne Cup day. There will be functions in The Ballroom and The Garden, or you can book a table in The Promenade or The Tea Lounge. For more information or to make a booking call 6270 1234.
The several options above will all need to be booked ahead to ensure you get a table at these exciting Melbourne Cup events. Try your luck on a bet or join in on a sweep if you wish to get involved in the Melbourne Cup races on the day. With betting, champers, good food and fashions, it is sure to be a day to remember around the Capital. Good luck!
Half the fun is frocking up! Source: Flemington.com.au