Okay so we’ll just kick this off with stating the obvious - who even knew that you could get great food at the races? We didn't, but now we do. And now you do to. It’s happening at Cox Plate Day at Royal Randwick this Saturday and to clarify, we’re not talking about a sneaky gozleme you lined up for half an hour to order at your last music festival (and is average at best). We're talking legit, good food and pop up bars that'll fill you up, look pretty damn attractive on Insta and will actually be delicious. Win!
Here's the low down, because we know you don't want to miss anything and you know we’ve got the hook ups.
The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee
For the second year running, The Bucket List is bringing Bondi to the racecourse, with their pop-up marquee on the Leger Lawn. It’ll be well stocked with fresh fish tacos and crispy buttermilk fried chicken with shoestring fries. It wouldn’t be the beach without a few signature cocktails either and don’t worry, they’ve got those too. Fruity spring cocktail, anyone?
Hot tip: make sure you book ahead of time to guarantee a spot and to avoid those annoying lines we spoke about.
You can grab your tickets here.
The Mews by delicious.
Setting up camp on the Octagonal Lawn, The Mews is a fresh food haven for anyone who has a thing for quality produce and really damn tasty food. It’s also the perfect place to set up camp with your crew (just sayin’). Here you’ll find fish tacos with lime and chipotle salsa and treacle BBQ pork rolls with slaw on the menu and it’s even got its very own pop-up bars.
The Knafeh Bakery
The Bearded Bakers run their bakery show out of a shipping container and this year they’re bringing it to the races. This won’t be your average ho-hum trip to the bakery, because there are many bearded men (thus the name) and they know how to have a seriously good time. There’ll be drumming, dancing and probably a bit of singing involved as well. Oh, and carbs (our favourite part). Pick up one of their Knafeh desserts because it’s their signature and it’s basically like a cheesy Middle Eastern crème brulee #nobrainer.
Heineken Pop Up Bar
For a relaxed bevvie or two, take yourself off to the Heineken Bar. It’s popping up trackside, so you’ll be able to watch the races (if you’re a keen bean) and it’s the ideal place for you and your mates to relax and dodge any difficult drink related decisions. You know the ones – to order the cocktail, or the champagne? Whyyyy is life so hard!? Just order a beer and be done with it.
All of your bases are covered at the Belvedere Bar, whether you’re a vodka soda purist or prefer a more sweet and fruity drink, which is as pretty on your socials as it is delicious on the way down.
Chandon Pop-Up Bar
Chandon is always a good idea, mainly because it makes us feel a bit posh even though we really don’t have the refined palate to tell the difference between Chandon and the cheaper stuff (let’s be real). But if you want to feel a bit special (or can actually appreciate such a fine champagne), then hit up their pop-up and quaff away.
The Fashion Chute
Round up the squad in front of The Fashion Chute for a sneaky Insta story (or five) because it would be wrong to get all dressed up and not show it off. You don’t even have to work for a great photo because professional snapper Sonny Vandevelde will help you embrace your inner fashion week god/goddess and do most of the hard work for you. Let’s be real, if it isn’t on social media then did it even really happen?
5 For $50 Tickets
This one isn’t strictly a ‘what to do once you get there’ kind of thing and is more so a ‘what to do before you get there’ thing. It’s pretty straightforward – get four of your mates to chip in $10 each and book ahead of time to get cheap entry (especially by Sydney standards) into the Spring Racing Carnival.
It’s all happening at Royal Randwick for Cox Plate Day on Saturday 22 October and the festivities will kick off at 11.15am. For a day out in the sun with your squad (and to get your hands on that crispy fried chicken at The Bucket List Beach Club) you can buy your tickets here.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso