Everyone was a winner at our 37th Melbourne Cup Day luncheon, with a fun-filled day of fabulous food, fashion and much frivolity.
Guests were greeted with bubbles on arrival and as they mingled on the Pelican Deck, were tempted with mouth-watering canapés including lemon dill grilled Queensland scallops, duck sushi, spinach and feta mini quiches and lamb koftas with minted yogurt.
Frocks (and Roy’s fabulous suit!) in hot pink, emerald green, pastels and prints were teamed with exquisite fascinators and statement hats.
When guests were seated, a fashion parade —featuring Lady Claire Fashions and Lingerie, of Margate — showcased a collection of fresh, casual outfits. Plenty of laughs from the models on the catwalk, set up in the middle of the dining room, were matched by the audience, all in good spirits.
As anticipation for the main race at 2pm mounted, guests enjoyed a main course of either grain-fed eye fillet or sesame-crusted salmon fillet.
Prizes for everything from best-dressed couple (congratulations Roy and Ingrid!) to the guests who had lived in Redcliffe the longest were awarded during the day.
Dessert was a choice of coconut brûlée with honey meringue, fresh berries and pineapple sorbet or brandy snap coronet with a chocolate cream patisserie, vanilla ice-cream and tonka bean chocolate fudge sauce. Sublime. If only we could have had both!
The Golden Ox owners Nick and Virginia Tzimas made everyone feel welcome by taking time to visit each table to chat with guests and ensuring the day ran smoothly.
Local guests were joined by those from further afield, and many revealed this was not the first time they had celebrated Melbourne Cup at The Golden Ox.
Ingrid, striking in black and white, said: “We come here every year. It has this glamorous feel about it. It’s our spot.’’
Leona, whose emerald green dress matched daughter Janine’s, said she happily travelled from Carseldine, in north Brisbane, to enjoy the quality and service of The Golden Ox.
“I love the seafood,’’ she said.
“I’m very proud it’s all Australian. And Virginia is very good to us.’’
Noelene, whose eye-catching jewellery complemented the muted tones of her fascinator, said: “We came last year and the year before. We love it. The atmosphere, it’s relaxing. We love the food.’’
We hope you’ll join us next year, too!