Foodies Guide To The Best Brisbane Melbourne Cup Celebrations 2014

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It's that time of year again folks...

Dust of your fascinators and crack open a bottle of bubbly because the Melbourne Cup is upon us!

If for some reason you are under the delusion that you need to have a knowledge of racing to really participate in Melbourne Cup festivities, let me put your mind at ease. 

YOU DON'T! Melbourne Cup is all about looking your best, drinking (a lot), cheering loudly, and just having a ball with your mates! Let yourself get wrapped up in the excitement of it all. The electric atmosphere, the vibrant and colourful frocks, the overflowing champagne towers...

My tip: Choose a horse whose name speaks to you and throw all your money at it. 

Now that you are in the Melbourne Cup spirit I have a very important question for you:Where will you be watching the Melbourne Cup this year? You've no doubt seen hundreds of restaurants and bars advertising for their Melbourne Cup parties this month.

Well, we are here to help you sort through it all.

Here's our guide to the best places in Brisbane to watch the Melbourne Cup this year:

1. Gerard's Bistro

Gerard's is without a doubt throwing one of the most epic Melbourne Cup bashes we've heard of to date. This year Gerard's is set to bring luxury and extravagance to race day at James Street with their exclusive Melbourne Cup event.

On Tuesday November 4th from 12pm- 5pm Gerard's will transform into a lavish springtime bazaar. A DJ will keep the crowd pumped while the Melbourne Cup is broadcasted on wide screen televisions. You won't miss a moment of the "race that stops the nation" !

One thing we are most excited about is the Levantine inspired food market which will be led by award winning Head Chef Bill Williamson.

"The will be a focus on fresh seafood with a quintessential Gerard's twist! We'll also have coal roasted meats and light, flavoursome salads featuring the best of Spring" says Ben Williamson

There will also be free flowing G.H Mumm Cordon Rouge French champage as well as premium beers, wine and spirits.

Come in your Sunday best because their will also be a "Fashions Off The Field" competition with over $5,000 in prizes!

Tickets for this 5 hour ALL INCLUSIVE event are $180 per person. To book email or call (07) 3852 3822

Be quick! Those who are lucky enough to snag a ticket at this MC event are guaranteed to have a memorable day.

2. The Fox Hotel

If you aren't quite sure how you'd like to celebrate the Melbourne Cup The Fox Hotel has something for everyone with their "Melbourne Cup Extravaganza".

Relax at the Long Bar with 2 courses + bubbles for $39

Or enjoy a Melbourne Cup 4 course feast with bubbles for only $79

...or you party with your mates on Dandy's Rooftop with a beverage package and spring BBQ plate included for $129

For information on how you can book one of these fantastic packages click HERE. 

3. Willow & Spoon

Willow & Spoon have you covered for the Melbourne Cup! Let them take care of you while you sit back, relax, and watch the action from Flemington.

For only $59 per person enjoy a mouthwatering 3 course lunch at Willow & Spoon. 

There will also be prizes for the best dressed, sweepstakes + more! Willow & Spoon is BYO so bring along your favourite bubbly and get ready for a fantastic lunch.

4. KookaBurra Queen

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the sparkling Brisbane River on board the KookaBurra Queen for Melbourne Cup day. Watch the race live from Flemington while enjoying a delicious seafood & cavery buffet with an UNLIMITED drinks package! Now that's a good time. The cruise takes place from 12-3pm on race day. Tickets are $99pp. To book click HERE.

Get booking!

*If there is a Melbourne Cup event that you think should be included in our list please email