The weather was so beautiful in Melbourne this weekend but I think the sun was shining a little brighter at Caulfield. The Caulfield Guineas was held on Saturday at the Melbourne Racing Club and I was invited along. Such a spectacular setting!
I spent most of the day in the general admission area enjoying seeing the horses up close and checking out the food vans (a welcome addition to trackside food). I also popped in to the Young Members marquee although I could have been stretching the definition of what a “young” member is.
Fashion blogger Gary Pepper Girl is heading up the style stakes at Caulfield this year but they are also upping the ante for food and drink. Ian Curley is in the Black Caviar Restaurant (see my preview review here) and Timothy Martin has been appointed as the chef for the Young Members marquee. Martin is head chef at The European and won Young Chef of the Year in this year’s Age Good Food Guides Awards.
Canapés were a notch above your usual fare with beef tartare, tiny roast beef and horse radish toasties and tuna ceviche with avocado. There were also plenty of them – take note marquee organisers – quantity is just as crucial as quality!
The good news is that Caulfield is off and racing on Wednesday again and for the big one on Saturday – Caulfield Cup Day. There’s racing, fashion and now a renewed emphasis on food and drink.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of the Melbourne Racing Club.
Details: Young Members Marquee, Melbourne Racing Club, Caulfield.
Damage: Pricey. Tickets are $100 for the Young Members Marquee which includes your first drink and canapés.