Food + Drink

Spring Racing Gets An Epic Pop-Up Restaurant Precinct!

By Clare Acheson - 29 Sep 2015

It’s almost that time of year, Listers! If you know anything about what’s on in Melbourne, you’ll be well aware that spring means a bevvy of race days, which are the perfect excuse to grab a few mates, don your fanciest frocks and suits, and book in a day of revelry at the trackside. This year's most fun racing events—Caulfield Guineas Day, which takes place on Saturday 10th October, and Caulfield Cup Day, on Saturday 17th October—are upping their foodie stakes with the addition of some of Melbourne’s best restaurants.

At this year’s Caulfield Guineas Day and Cup Day, punters will be treated to some of the most mouth-watering food that Melbourne has to offer. The 10-race event has just announced that it will be accompanied by The Paddock, a brand new restaurant pop-up that features some of the most drool-worthy names in the business. Thanks to the stellar food line-up, the cuisine on offer will range from epic burgers to freshly-shucked seafood, with everything in between.

George Columbaris brings his Greek empire, Gazi, to Caulfield Racecourse where he will be serving up some of the restaurant’s most famous dishes. If you’re more of a BBQ fan, you’ll be able to wrap your lips around some delicious Filipino BBQ delights from the team at Hoy Pinoy, who are responsible for some of the best street food in Melbourne. The Flying Calamari Brothers will be showcasing mouth-watering seafood, with St Kilda Burger Bar (part of The Grosvenor Hotel) spearheading the burgers and fries, and Jerry Mai’s Pho Nom popping up with some of their tasty Vietnamese eats. An epic crispy pork bahn mi at the races? Hell freakin’ yes!

Just in case you’re still hungry, Melbourne Racing Club will be hosting some fine dining whizzes in the Promenade Tiered Dining Restaurant, where you can book a table for an incredible luxury lunch. So far, we’ve heard that the variety of dining options includes an epic three-course lunch from the Black Caviar Restaurant and Promenade, as prepared by The European’s Ian Curley who joins the event for the second year running.

If three courses aren’t enough, Richard Ousby of Stokehouse City’s head chef, will be serving a massive four-course extravaganza for punters in the newly launched Stokehouse City @ Caulfield eatery in the Health Enclosure, bringing CBD favourites to race day. And, if you’re a sucker for something chilled and bubbly, the Champagne Pommery Pegasus Marquee will be pouring flutes of the finest champagne all day, accompanied by nibbles from Melbourne Racing Club’s executive chef, Julian Robertshaw.

With races kicking off from 1pm and running until 6.15pm on Saturday 10th October, Caulfield Guineas Day is an awesome day out, whether you’re a horse racing nut or not. The big race on Caulfield Cup Day, on Saturday 17th, is run at 5.40pm, so be sure not to miss it either. Seriously, looking for something to do with your mates that ISN’T sitting in your usual beer garden on a Saturday that comes complete with the best food in Melbourne? This should be it.

Spring Racing Carnival runs throughout September until early November with a whole range of ticket and race options on offer—head to their website for all of the essential info.

General admission tickets are priced from a little over $40 ($40.78 to be exact) but you’d better be quick—day tickets often sell out in the run-up to the big event. Round up your mates, book your tickets and get ready for some epic food, drinks and race day action!

Caulfield Guineas Day | Saturday 10th October, Caulfield Racecourse 

Caulfield Cup Day | Saturday 17th October, Caulfield Racecourse 

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Spring Racing Carnival and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Stokehouse City by Nick West for The Urban List, Gazi via Facebook, The Flying Calamari Bros via Facebook, The European via Facebook

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