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Melbourne Cup 2016 at Pialligo Estate

Beatrice Smith

Your ideal outfit for Cup Day is meticulous…

Your fascinator or headpiece is coordinated to your dress, makeup and hair appointments are made weeks in advance and Cup Day morning is spent creating a racing persona that will proudly stride along a green or onto the runway of Fashions on the Field.

So naturally, your ideal destination for celebrating the biggest day in racing should be just as meticulously curated.

Off and racing

Miles away from beer-stained carpets and plastic seats, Pialligo Estate’s Melbourne Cup celebrations kick off a little earlier than most, on the evening of Thursday 27 October.

To get everyone in a glamorous mood for the following week, Danielle Cleary Events will be presenting a unique showcase of all things racing, with tickets going towards the Cerebral Palsy Alliance at their second Melbourne Cup Experience event.

Coinciding with Pialligo Estate’s Sunset Drinks and hosted by Mix106.3 (and HerCanberra columnist) Kristen Henry, the evening will include a curated collection of exhibitors displaying and selling everything from spring racing fashion, millinery, beauty products and accessories so if your race day outfit hasn’t come together yet, this is your golden opportunity.

There will also be live music, a charity auction, photo booth, Bunnamagoo Estate sparkling wines on arrival and a delicious smokehouse ‘grazing station’. A great excuse for drinks with girlfriends on a Thursday? We think so.


Into the straight

Then the next week, the celebrations really kick off. For Cup Day itself, Pialligo Estate is offering two unique ways to celebrate and indulge.

For those who prefer a fluid space and festive atmosphere with a side of meeting new people, The Glasshouse will house long, beautifully decorated tables for you and your friends or colleagues to gather at. Share the excitement of the day with new friends as you enjoy three courses of delicious share plates, watch the action on multiple screens and indulge in a three-hour beverage package.

Want to take the luxury up a notch? Book an Exclusive Garden Pavilion and spend the afternoon indulging in a three-course lunch or ample canapés, lawn games and even your own personal staff member to attend to your group. You’ll also have a private screen to watch the races on, and a three-hour beverage package.

Pialligo Estate Cup Day guests will be able to enjoy live entertainment, sweepstakes, and free parking and all guests will receive and Pialligo Estate and Westfield Woden Gift Bag. Keen fashionista? Enter the Fashions on the Field competition, hosted by Trish Murray.

Post-race celebrations

For those not wanting the day to end – it doesn’t have to. Pialligo Estate’s After Party will continue the festive atmosphere into the evening. Starting at 4pm and continuing through sunset to 8pm, there will be a choice of three bars – including a Billecart Champagne and oyster bar – bar snacks, a Westfield Lounge area and live entertainment.

the essentials

What: Pialligo Estate’s Cup Day Celebrations
When: Tuesday November 1 from 11.30am onwards
Where: Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
Find more information and purchase tickets here:

Photography: Alexandra Orme Photography. Coordinated and Styled by:  Danielle Cleary Events. Model:  Alex, Devojka Models. Wearing:  Momento Dezigns & Christine Waring Millinery. Horse:  ‘Shadow’. On Location:  Pialligo Estate.

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author