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Giddy Up in the Hunter Valley this Melbourne Cup

Horse racing aficionados insist that the iconic race that brings the nation to a standstill deserves a celebration that is truly exceptional. That's why we've curated a guide highlighting some of the finest experiences in the Hunter Valley.

Whether you're on the hunt for an exquisite venue to savour a delectable luncheon, excited to participate in the fashion extravaganzas, or just seeking the prime spots to witness all the racing excitement, rest assured, we have all your needs covered.

So, dust off your fascinators and don your most elegant suits – come November 7th, find out where all the excitement is unfolding!

Chateau Elan 

Join us in celebrating the race that stops the nation at Chateau Elan on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 12 noon until 5 pm. Be part of an exclusive event, but act fast as only 100 seats are available. Experience a delightful afternoon with a 3-course lunch, a 4.5-hour drinks package, live music, and non-stop race action displayed on the big screens. You also have the chance to win raffles and lucky door prizes. As an added bonus, guests will receive a complimentary nail buff, file, and polish at The Spa's Pamper Station. 

Harrigan's Hunter Valley

Immerse yourself in the excitement and glamour of the Melbourne Cup at Harrigan's Hunter Valley on November 7th, from 12 pm to 6 pm. Indulge in a delectable 3-course menu and a complimentary drink upon arrival, all for just $89* per person. With live coverage of every race on the big screen, TAB betting facilities, lucky door prizes, a vibrant DJ, and engaging MC, the festivities are bound to be unforgettable. Don't miss out on the chance to showcase your style, as there are prizes for the best-dressed male and female attendees, along with sweeps to keep the anticipation high.



Experience the thrill of the race that stops the nation at NINETEEN Bistro, where you can catch all the action on large screens and join the excitement of sweeps! Indulge in a delectable 3-course alternate drop menu, featuring starters like house-made hummus and olive tapenade, followed by mouthwatering mains such as eye fillet with potato fondant and béarnaise sauce, or chicken supreme with herb polenta and baby beetroot. Save room for dessert, which includes delightful options like strawberry and vanilla panna cotta or a brownie with salted caramel and chantilly cream. All of this comes with a 4-hour beverage package, making it a day filled with fun, food, and friends. Arrive at 12 pm to kick off the festivities with drinks, and let the celebration begin with lunch starting at 12:30 pm. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy the Melbourne Cup in style at NINETEEN Bistro!

Esca Bimbadgen

Join us for an intimate Melbourne Cup Day lunch at Esca Bimbadgen! Indulge in a glass of Mumm Marlborough upon arrival, savor a four-course set menu while cheering for your favorite, and enjoy a selection of Bimbadgen wines, beers, and soft drinks available for purchase. Participate in sweeps, win exciting prizes, and watch the track action on screens. The event starts at 12 pm with lunch served at 12:30 pm, and it concludes at 4 pm. Tickets are $130 per person.

Vincent St Kitchen

Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day with us, the event that captures the nation's attention! Join in the festivities featuring a sparkling wine reception courtesy of First Creek and Silkman Wines, relish a delightful three-course meal, and participate in exciting activities such as best-dressed competitions, lucky door prizes, sweeps, and enjoy live music by the talented Tim Harding. Secure your spot for this fantastic day at $95 per person; reservations are a must.

Huntlee Tavern

Get ready for the annual Huntlee Tavern Melbourne Cup Race Day! For $90 per person (Early Bird offer), enjoy a delectable 2-course meal, with options like Chargrilled Prawn Salad, Baked Herb Field Mushroom, Crispy Pork Belly for starters, and Baked Salmon Fillet, Oven-baked Chicken, Baked Polenta for mains. Your meal includes a complimentary glass of bubbles or beer upon arrival. Don't forget to nominate a table captain to ensure your group sits together and select your meal preferences. The event also features Fashions on the Field prizes, Sweeps, and live entertainment. Don't miss this exciting celebration!

Twine Hunter Valley

An exclusive afternoon of the utmost luxury! Enjoy an all-inclusive afternoon with canapés and a 3-course alternate served lunch, a 3.5-hour flowing beverage package, live music by Anna Weatherup, and of course, a big screen display of the race that stops the nation. Bookings are very limited, so get your tickets now.

Ben Ean

Prepare for an exhilarating Melbourne Cup experience at Ben Ean! Join us for the Melbourne Cup Day Luncheon, hosted by the charismatic Kieran the Pro. Be prepared for a day brimming with joy, thrill, and endless entertainment! Enjoy the antics of Racing Piglets, indulge in Sweeps to maintain the excitement throughout each race, and catch all the action on Big Screens so you won't miss a single heart-pounding moment. Engage in the Calcutta, where luck and strategy intersect for a chance at substantial winnings, all while dancing to the beats of a lively DJ. Dress your best, as the Best Dressed Award awaits the most stylish attendee! Tickets are priced at $120 per person and include Bubbles & Canapes upon arrival, along with a delectable 2-course lunch that will tantalize your taste buds.



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