Fast Lane

November 01st, 2018
Fast Lane
Fine Foods and fine wine go spectacularly with racing finery, as Hills venues hosting Melbourne Cup events well know.

November 6, though part of the working week, will be a chance to celebrate Hills produce, weather and stunning views at venues across the region including pubs, wineries and restaurants while soaking up the racing atmosphere.

The Lane Vineyard will be showing off their new outdoor terrace with a garden party.

Reservations Manager Sam Mitchell said the Lane's Melbourne Cup party has been an exciting part of the winery's calendar for the last four years.

“We regularly do lunch service so we thought we would make it more racing style and do something special,” Sam said.

“It's a garden party outside with a three course meal of gourmet barbecue including canapes to start then some smoked meats.

“We have oysters and other things like buffalo curd tarts as well.

“There'll be sweeps and fashion and acoustic musicians for live entertainment.”

The event is capped at 60 people for guests to enjoy the experience of the food, wine and views from the terrace as best as possible and Sam said 40 tickets have already been snatched up.

“We have some regular customers from the last couple of years who are coming back and some new people who have called up,” she said.

“So far the event has been well received.”

Staff even have the chance to dress up their regular uniform for the occasion.

“The Melbourne Cup is always a bit of fun for the staff and it's more relaxed than a regular lunch service,” Sam said.

“We usually go with fascinators but we do need to be able to differentiate the staff from the guests.”

Hospitality Manager Kylie Christie said the opening of the terrace has been timed perfectly to work with the Melbourne Cup Party.

“We love any excuse for a party, but it’s good fun and we have the new terrace which makes it the perfect event to have outside,” Kylie said.

“The terrace is going to offer a new dimension so that people can sit outside and enjoy our views.

“Everyone always loves our venue, our food, our wine and our service – which is the Lane way.”

Tickets for the party are $150 per person and must be purchased by the Friday before the Cup.

Other Hills favourites are also using the Melbourne Cup as a reason to put on a special lunch.

The Hahndorf Inn will be doing a casual lunch service with Melbourne Cup themed specials, TAB in the front bar and restaurant, raffles, sweeps and best dressed prizes and The Haus will also be taking a similar approach.

The Aldgate Pump Hotel will be hosting a set menu lunch with three courses and two options per course.

The lunch will be held in the main dining area and cost $55 per person.

Betting facilities will be available and staff will assist any punters unsure of how to place a bet.

In Mount Barker, Wallis Auchendarroch House will be showing the race on the big screen and providing a two course meal to enjoy, complete with bubbles on arrival.

A fashion parade from local Blue Belle Boutique will provide extra entertainment – in addition to best dressed prizes and sweeps of course – and the event will be hosted by Mel Dzelde from Power FM.

Tickets are $59.90.

Our Lady Rosary garden will also hold a lunch, best dressed and best hat competition after the morning prayer.

For more information on the Melbourne Cup festivities contact the venue directly.

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