DERBY DAY 2015
We faced a very wet and miserable start to the Melbourne Cup Carnival with heavy rain on the morning of Derby Day, however by the Beard of Zeus the weather gods decided to play nice and by the time we arrived at The Birdcage, we were basking in the very welcomed sunshine. Arm in arm with our favourite fellow Melbourne bloggers, Sheetal from The 3000 Chapter and Jess from Jessica & Love, we marquee hopped to Lavazza, Schweppes and James Boag and sampled the amazing food and drinks, not to mention soaked up the unique ambience that each marquee had to offer:
Lavazza: The theme this year, brought to life by interior design guru Neal Whitaker, celebrates the six masters of Italian mid-century design with an amazing mural adorning the feature wall by Archibald Prize-winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo. Aperol spritz and espresso martinis were on tap along with delicious Italian fare including Nonna's gnocchi, baked scallops and chicken saltimbocca. Always the marquee of the party, Lavazza guests let the hair down, booty shaking their afternoon away on the blue and white d-floor. What a great way to celebrate their 120-year anniversary!
Schweppes: - Ello guv'na! Schweppes have outdone themselves this year with a Lost In London themed marquee, where the focus is on the cocktails and not the celebrities. And we are picking up what they're putting down! With 8 thirst-quenching and refreshing cocktails on offer, it would have been a crying shame not to sample them all, and sample we did. Our picks were the official Melbourne Cup Carnival cocktail, aptly named The Flemington Fling and also a very pretty (and Instagrammable) Maiden At The Post, garnished with dried rose petals and a lemon twist. We loved lounging on the couches facing out towards the main walkway of The Birdcage, and spent a considerable amount of time people watching and snacking on honey crumpets and delicious sausage rolls.
James Boag: The entrance featured a very impressive vertical garden on both sides, which reflected the marquee's nature's elements theme. In addition to this, within the marquee was a world-first innovation on show - the James Boag Meteorphonium - a contraption that continuously plays a musical symphony ‘conducted’ by the changing weather at Flemington. How cool is that?! The Tassie-inspired menu designed by Matt Moran delighted guests with chocolate filled donuts, fried chicken and duck and pea pies. We particularly loved the sleek black glassware, serving a range of wine, sparkling and James Boag beer, of course.
Photos by me & Sheetal