Come for the races, stay for the…beer tasting?

Yep it’s time to completely rethink the way you think about the race day experience because the Melbourne Cup Carnival has taken it to a, frankly bonkers new level at the Hop Garden in The Precinct.

This year, they’re bringing a little taste of Munich to Melbourne with a lush, green Hop Garden and beer hall right on the famous Flemington Straight.

So round up your mates and grab a communal table to sample the best brews James Squire, White Rabbit and Little Creatures have to offer.

But not all of us are beer lovers, and that’s all good – they’ve got you covered.

A Pernod Ricard Espresso Martini Caravan (yep, you read that correctly Espresso. Martini. Caravan.) will be on-site as will a Seppelt wine cart to nab yourself a refreshing glass of bubbles.


And a glitzy, A-List day at the races wouldn’t be complete without some of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants on hand.

St Kilda’s iconic Pontoon will be setting up shop, as will the locally and sustainably sourced dumplings from Dumplings, as well as drool-worthy burgers from 8bit.

And if you’re still not full, you can go grazing through some of the best food trucks Melbourne has to offer.

Finally, don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes, because an epic range of live entertainment will be bringing the good vibes – including Sweet Mix Kids who’ll close out each day with a thumping DJ set.

So go on, shoot the group chat a message, grab your mates and head over here to secure your ticket for an unforgettable day at the races at the Hop Garden in The Precinct.




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