This Melbourne Cup, Portside Wharf will have the wining trifecta – fashion, food and fun, making it a sure bet for anyone looking for a glamorous way to spend Cup Day.

On Tuesday, November 4, fashionable fillies and stylish stallions will gather to celebrate the race that stops a nation at one of Brisbane’s best, waterfront destinations along the Brisbane River in Hamilton.

There will be a live band from 3.00pm to 7.30pm on the wharf and free shuttle buses running between the race track, Portside Wharf and Fortitude Valley for those who want to celebrate their win long into the night.

Boutiques across the waterfront shopping and dining precinct have stocked up on fabulous fascinators and head-turning hats, while the restaurants are pulling out all stops to ensure Melbourne Cup Day celebrations have all the style and sophistication you’d expect to find at Flemington.

Renowned for its elaborate events, Byblos is gearing up for its 7th Mad Hatter Melbourne Cup Tea Party complete with a teacup ride, photo booth, beauty bar and the famous, fluffy bunnies. Guests will enjoy a three course banquet with premium beverages including cocktails and spirits, as well as great door prizes and sweepstakes to the benefit of YoungCare.

Celebrate an Australian tradition with a Japanese twist at Sono Japanese Restaurant’s oh-so-sophisticated Melbourne Cup Day luncheon. There will be bubbles and canap├ęs on arrival, followed by a Japanese-inspired three course lunch accompanied with premium beverages and an excellent selection of sake. Guests will witness the race that stops a nation in cinematic style on the big screen at Dendy Cinema and trophies will be awarded for the best silks.

Anyone who visits Belvedere is sure to be a winner with a gorgeous menu that starts with artisan breads, followed by dishes such as a seafood platter, baked snapper and chocolate pave, accompanied by cold beer, fine wine, juice and soft drink.

Put your money on Gusto da Gianni and you won’t be disappointed with a fabulous menu that includes Italian wines, local and imported beers, juice and soft drink. Guests will be spoilt for choice with entree options like tiger prawns, avocado, red onion salad and pink mustard; or air-dried beef, buffalo mozzarella, rocket salad with parmesan shavings and lemon citronet.

Celebrate in style at Restaurant Manx with a menu that boasts scallops, duck, barramundi and lamb finished with pavlova or a chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse and Ferraro Rocher ice cream. Complete with a beverage package, this stylish soiree is exceptional value and will leave you with plenty of money to back a winner or two.

Moda Events Portside will again play host to the Endeavour Foundation Melbourne Cup luncheon where guests will enjoy a two course lunch with drinks, race day activities and plenty of entertainment. Prizes and sweeps will be running throughout the day as well as a fashions on the field show, auction and raffles – all in support of a great cause.

Cruisers Cafe Bar & Grill is hosting a Melbourne Cup lunch for those who’d prefer to have more money in their pocket to wage on the race. Enjoy bubbles on arrival and a three course meal, prizes, games and sweeps, and of course, the race that stops a nation, all on the sunny deck of the popular Portside Wharf cafe.

To look your best on the big day, be sure to book in at Ella Bache Hamilton at Portside for all your beauty needs, from spray tans, to nails and make-up.

For the boys, Bou’s for Men barber will have you looking slick and stylish in no time, while Urbbana will kit you out with the best threads in town.

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