Brisbane’s best riverfront shopping and dining destination, Portside Wharf, was this year’s Melbourne Cup winner, with fabulous events rolling out across the precinct for the race that stops the nation.

The sophisticated waterfront precinct was a buzz of excitement with live entertainment along the riverfront boardwalk that ran until 7.30pm to ensure the festivities continue long after the race has finished and free shuttle buses between the racetrack, Portside, and later into Fortitude Valley.

With all this going on t’s no wonder tickets sold out to the stylish celebrations that took place at the luxury residential and retail development along the river in Hamilton.

Live rabbits roamed along the waterfront at the Alice in Wonderland-inspired luncheon at Byblos. A carnival ride, cocktails and cupcakes accompanied a three-course Mezza-style banquet at the sixth annual Mad Hatters Melbourne Cup Tea Party, which attracted more than 350 punters and fashionistas.

Moda Events celebrated Melbourne Cup for a cause, hosting the Endeavour Foundation’s luncheon to raise funds to provide support, education and services for people with a disability. The luncheon included auctions, fashions on the field as well as a fashion parade by Leigh Buchanan – the superstar from Project Runway Australia.

Japanese fashion, culture and cuisine aligned when Sono Japanese Restaurant served canapés, a three course lunch, and sake for its special Melbourne Cup luncheon. Guests relished their glass of Louis Roederer Champagne as they watched the main race on the cinema screen at the neighbouring Dendy Cinema, and took advantage of the Dogstar fashion parade and Shu Uemura retouch booth.

Gusto da Gianni and Belvedere also served sumptuous food with a fashion parade that featured Portside Wharf’s own Urbbana Men’s Style Studio, while Restaurant Manx and Cruisers Cafe, Bar & Grill value Cup day lunches left punters with plenty of change to wage on the big race.

Lee Butterworth, Project Director for Portside Wharf, said Melbourne Cup was one of the most popular days of the year at the precinct.

“The beautiful location along the Brisbane River and mix of restaurants and boutique retailers made Portside Wharf the perfect place to celebrate the race that stops the nation,” he said.

“The restaurants and fashion outlets put on a fantastic show and the outdoor entertainment along the boardwalk ran long into the evening ensuring there is fun to be had even for those coming after work and especially for those living in the luxury riverfront apartments above the precinct.”

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