It’s nearly spring racing time! While you sort out the hat and the frock, we’ve taken one for the team and come up with our pick of hampers and catering options available for your big day out. From mini sandwiches and musk sticks through to full blown Japanese platters, here are seven of the best spring racing catering options in Melbourne.
North-side bakery and café stalwart, Dench Bakers are best known for their top-notch loaves and pastries. The great news is that they also do hampers, filled with jams and treats and all the delights you’d want to feast on at the races. You’ll need to order ahead.
Need booze? Check out Blackhearts and Sparrows.
More than just a pretty face and a great eatery, Fitzrovia have absolutely nailed the picnic hamper. Boasting the most hearty, fresh sandwiches in all the land, the hamper also features a truck-load of cheese and charcuterie, pastries and savoury tarts, and enough desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth.
Need booze? Head over to Prince Wine Store.
Milk The Cow
If you’re a cheese fiend in Melbourne, you’ll be familiar with the crew at Milk The Cow and just how excellent they are at selecting the best of the good stuff. No picnic is really complete without all of the cheese, and we think that Milk The Cow’s cheese hamper (the best kind of hamper?!) is a winner.
Need booze? Speak to the good folk at Jimmy Watson’s.
This South Melbourne café punches way above its weight when it comes to catering and we’d peg them as being one of the best in the biz for spring racing feasting. Gas Eatery offers a full menu of catering and hamper options, ranging in size, price and type. From salads and delicious sandwiches through to reheatable delights and dedicated dessert hampers, you’ll need to book ahead because this is a popular one
Need booze? Cloudwine Wine Store will sort you out.
Spring Street Grocer
Head to this CBD favourite armed with a basket or two and fill ‘er up. Spring Street Grocer the perfect place to fully customise your spring racing dining, picking out the best in fresh produce, pastries, treats, soft drink and other wondrous delicacies. Be sure to head downstairs to the cheese room and go nuts – the huge range may render you indecisive, but it’s a good chance to choose your favourites. It’s also vital that you swing by the sandwich counter for a selection of the best sangas in Melbourne.
Need booze? Drop in to City Wine Shop.
The Stables of Como
Yet another café that has really mastered the picnic hamper. The balance is perfect – think salads, veggies, desserts and sweet treats. If you’ve ever tried The Stables of Como musk sticks, you’ll be thrilled to hear they’re usually included! The hamper comes with soft drinks and it’s just the right size to share with a friend.
Need booze? Head to Como Wine and Spirits.
Hinoki Japanese Pantry
If a Japanese-inspired picnic is right up you’re alley, you need to stop by Hinoki Japanese Pantry. You can select Japanese groceries and desserts to tailor your hamper just to your liking, and the fresh selection of sushi and sashimi is definitely the star of the show. Sizable platters are available with all your favorite condiments included.
Need booze? Trot along to Wine Bros.
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