Hotel Centennial, Sydney | Source: Supplied

The Best Melbourne Cup Day Events Happening in Sydney

Now that Sydney’s officially out of lockdown, it’s time to celebrate with a ticket to some of the city’s best events. As Melbourne Cup is one of the first events of the summer season, there’s no better excuse to buy a brand new outfit and enjoy the new freedoms that the city now has. We’ve narrowed down some of Sydney’s best Melbourne Cup parties, lunches and events that you need to attend this November.

Melbourne Cup at Uccello

If you’re dreaming of Italy then there’s no better place to spend race day than the Amalfi Coast-inspired Uccello. Dress your best and settle in for a long multi-course Italian style lunch overlooking the pool with a glass of 2012 Veuve Clicquot or Kirin Ichiban in hand. Expect decadent entrees of caviar and Sydney rock oysters, Italian antipasti, mouthwatering bowls of pasta and truly indulgent desserts.

Location: Uccello restaurant

Date: 2nd November 2021

Time: 12pm onwards

Price: $295 per person

Source: Uccello Restaurant

Melbourne Cup at Fred’s

Enjoy a farm-to-table feast in one of Paddington’s most sophisticated restaurants at Fred’s Melbourne Cup luncheon. On arrival, you will receive a glass of 2010 Dom Pérignon or Kirin Ichiban, before sitting down for a seasonal multi-course lunch curated by executive chef, Danielle Alvarez. With a menu including caramelised onion and goats curd tarte de menton, steamed fillet of coral trout with broad beans, leeks and tarragon butter and ravioli of lobster with saffron and scallop roe sauce, you won’t want to miss this culinary feast.

Location: Fred’s restaurant

Date: 2nd November 2021

Time: 11:30am onwards

Price: $275 per person

Source: Merivale

Glass Island’s Melbourne Cup Cruise 2021

Like the idea of cruising down the Sydney Harbour with a glass of champagne in hand? Then look no further than Glass Island’s Melbourne Cup Cruise. The day begins with a glass of Moet Champagne before enjoying a 3-hour food and beverage package with sparkling wine, beers, ciders and an incredible selection of canapés. The three-level boat will have music, screens to watch the race and VIP Bottle Service packages available.

Location: King Street, Wharf 6, Darling Harbour

Date: 2nd November

Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm

Price: $182.70 per person

Source: Glass Island

Melbourne Cup at Hotel Centennial

Sydney’s luxurious Hotel Centennial is hosting an elegant four-course seasonal lunch this race day. Created by executive chef, Ben Greeno, you can expect a decadent spread of Caviar waffles, Jack’s Creek sirloins, Valrhona chocolate marquises, and a Magnum beverage package of Veuve Clicquot NV and Prieuré St Come Chablis. If you just don’t want the day to end then the restaurant is also taking evening bookings from 7 pm.

Location: Hotel Centennial

Date: 2nd November 2021

Time: 12pm onwards

Price: $295 per person

Source: Hotel Centennial

Melbourne Cup at Bel & Brio

Free-flowing G.H. Mumm Champagne, oysters and a multi-course Italian lunch are on offer at one of Sydney’s most exclusive Melbourne Cup events. Choose between a number of different event packages that suit you best and watch the race unfold on the big screen. With a professional photographer capturing the event’s best dressed, make sure that your outfit turns head at this event.

Location: Bel & Brio

Date: 2nd November 2021

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Price: $125 – $294

Source: Bel & Brio

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