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It was advertised as a Melbourne Cup Experience with a French Connection but is better described as an expo of the necessities and frivolities of the annual day of indulgence that is the Melbourne Cup. Held at the Hotel Realm the beneficiary was Malkara School, the extent of that was $10 per ticket but the mums and supporters of the school were there handling the silent auction, anticipating a good kitty from the live auction where all receipts were to go to the school, and, with me lamenting the passing of the Hats and Gloves High Teas held at Government House which we agreed, should be resurrected. That was a classy event.
I was expecting an afternoon tea, but the tipple of choice among those who love a frock up and sit down was wine with a decadent meringue concoction from Gina Petridis of ‘Patissez!’ in Manuka or the option to stay with the savoury, sampling some of Essential Ingredient’s luscious French cheeses and maybe a hearty red from the Bunnamagoo display.
The French Connection a little obscure and perhaps tenuous. And nary a sniff or shimmer of horseflesh within coo-ee of the Hotel Realm to engender a frisson for those who love an annual flutter, but very French was the booth display by Djaimi Thornhill from Home French Home in the Manuka Arcade where her napery, linens, clothes and gifts are of exceptional quality, design and very desirable. We both did a quick circuit seeking out the Ambassador of France, Christophe LeCourtier, purported to be the guest of honour but he was a no show, probably preparing his address to the National Press Club on the following Tuesday.
But lovely Jane Brown was there with her perfect pearls, blingy jewels and the best gifts for Christmas and the fashions from Perri Cutten were to tempt those who can’t resist a new outfit for their cup day functions.
It was about then, that is after the parade and indulging in the sugar hit meringue concoction, that I needed a cuppa, at home preferably, to kick the shoes off and curl up with a book. Perfect.