The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival and Raceday returns in 2021 with a sizzling showcase of heart-pumping action and entertainment both on and off the track.
Big screen racing, live entertainment and exclusive events will deliver non-stop excitement and stamp The Star as the Carnival’s official off-track party destination on Saturday 16 January, with the Broadbeach resort introducing a series of inaugural raceday luncheons.
The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer Jessica Mellor said The Star was thrilled to bring all the excitement and glamour of three exhilarating new events to the Coast for the biggest raceday of the season.
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“With this year’s carnival looking a little different, we are ready to launch into 2021 with a full day of off-track activity that celebrates the incomparable style of the Magic Millions Carnival,” Ms Mellor said.
“Whether you want to watch live racing over an elegant champagne lunch, peruse the form guide with your friends over cocktails or celebrate into the night, The Star Gold Coast has you covered.”
One of the hottest tickets in town is to Nineteen at The Star’s exclusive raceday lunch with a five-course set menu, four-hour premium beverage package and big screens throughout the restaurant so revellers don’t miss a minute of the live racing action.
Channel 7 sports presenter and television personality Abbey Gelmi returns as The Star Gold Coast’s Magic Millions ambassador for a second year and will MC Nineteen at The Star’s intimate lunch.
Guests will receive a glass of Ruinart on arrival and dine on dishes including Prawn & Oscietra Caviar, Confit Duck Rillette, Nineteen’s signature ‘Smokey’ Oysters, Grilled Patagonian Toothfish and Fillet Steak while sipping Veuve Clicquot, craft beer and a premium selection of wines, all for $350 per person.
Gold Coast locals, Channel 7 presenter Candice Dixon and 102.9 Hot Tomato announcer Carla Tooma, also join The Star in 2021, hosting raceday functions at Garden Kitchen & Bar and Cucina Vivo, respectively.
Toast the thoroughbreds and fillies in style at Cucina Vivo with a five-course lunch, including a three-hour beverage package with Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut for $170 per person. Guests can indulge in Vanella Burratina bursting with fresh figs; Aragosta Risotto with Australian Bay Lobster Bug; and Milly Hill Lamb Rack topped with Smoked Eggplant Puree and Fregola.
For the quintessential 5-star coastal experience, guests can book a stylish picnic on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Up to eight people can secure their very own exclusive table to cheer on the main races in the most epic fashion, including two delectable ‘picnic-style’ courses bursting with fresh seasonal options to suit any taste and a three-hour Chandon beverage package for $1200. Kick off the afternoon with an Avocado, Nectarine & Walnut Salad, Chargrilled Angus Beef Sliders and House Smoked Salmon Skewers, before indulging in a share platter with Avocado & Prawn Ceviche, Karaage Style Chicken and Homemade Crispy Fries.
Alternatively, for those looking to retreat to the cool, Garden Kitchen & Bar is also offering booth packages on raceday for up to 12 people, in addition to a la carte dining including bottomless champagne and sparkling upgrades starting from $45 per person for 1.5 hours.
After the last horse has passed the post, The Lawn will be the only place to be seen with live music and DJ sets from 4pm until late. Dance your way late into the evening with ARIA award-winning DJ Kid Kenobi, nationally renowned house DJ John Course and global electronic dance sensation Will Sparks all headlining the post-race festivities at The Star.
Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said the Carnival was a mainstay of the Gold Coast’s entertainment calendar for more than 30 years and he was delighted to partner with The Star Gold Coast to bring a whole new dimension of events to next year’s carnival.
“The ongoing impact of COVID-19 may see a few changes to the format of the 2021 Magic Millions Carnival but the undeniable excitement and enjoyment of this week-long racing event remain,” Mr Bowditch said.
“The Star Gold Coast has injected fun and festivity into the Carnival since 2019 and it will once again be the place to enjoy all the action in 2021.”
For more information on everything happening at The Star Gold Coast for Magic Millions 2021, visit: star.com.au/goldcoast/