Highlights from the World’s Longest Lunch

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We’ve designed & delivered experiences and activations across Sydney, Perth and Melbourne so far this year and are just getting started. Clients are making the most of a temperate Autumn with outdoor cinemas, park parties, wellness festivals and long lunches… whilst we plan winter ice rinks and transformations of Australia’s best venues for galas, awards evenings, dare I say Christmas and more.

 Today we share some of our favourite moments from the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, where we are once again honoured to be an event partner, PLUS Easter inspiration and an opportunity to join us at The Australian Ballet.

Sit back, enjoy and remember - there’s no take two in events !

To kick off the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, we were delighted to work alongside the MFWF team again on The Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch.

A sell out event for 1600 guests made extra special this year with Karen Martini, Nicky Reimer and Lauren Eldridge creating a menu on International
Women’s Day.

Enhancing the original characteristics of the beautiful Victoria Gardens in Prahran, our design concept for this year’s lunch was based around a charming English garden.
1600 pressed linen napkins in blush, sage and sand tones and wrapped with bellybands displaying guest seat numbers and illustrations inspired by the MFWF branding and the garden setting (think mushrooms, birds and worker bees)

200+ 1 metre long native gum branches – snipped from the base of these trees
2500 silk songbirds individually glued to these branches

200 Vintage style books, sitting upright and fitted with new jackets featuring custom artwork formed the table numbers.

Every table feature was handcrafted with each branch being different in shape, structure, height and length

35 staff onsite at 6am to set the tables – a big thank you to William Angliss for their support

Guests took every book and branch feature home, with nothing going to waste!
Event partners : Visit Victoria, City of Stonnington, Peter Rowland Group, San Pellegrino, Lavazza, Tahbilk, Stomping Ground Brewing Co / Furniture by Harry the Hirer
Photography credit : Imageplay
You’re in luck! The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival runs until the 24th March – plus a special day trip on Saturday 30th March.
 
Support the local communities of Gippsland affected by the recent bushfire with a trip to Jindivick for the Village Feast. 10% of all ticket sales will go to the Gippsland Emergency Felief Fund.

Star chefs like Matt Moran are working with locals to create a heritage streetscape, from the butcher to the baker, milk bar to Chinese restaurant, and more.
 
See The Village Feast for more information.
Hosted in the piazza of Melbourne’s most iconic tower, this must be one of our most photographed event set ups ! Vivid colourways, lush blooms, Vespas, Prosecco and low hanging festoons created a vibrant, intimate ambience for the lucky guests. Part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the menu featuring the market’s best figs, braised octopus, roasted porchetta and tiramisu, matched to Range Life Victorian wines. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Italy’s great influence on the Melbourne culinary world.
 

Hot Cross Buns? Try QleBaker for ginger beer & lemon myrtle hot cross buns (and chocolate buns), Dench for a classic winner or Streat for a socially conscious option.

 

Styling ? Embrace Autumn & use the seasonal tones to guide your colour palette. Think gorgeous foliage, pretty pastel blooms in apricot, peach and citrus and details such as vintage baskets, faux furs and oversized bunnies.

 

It's not Easter without Chocolate !
Check out Sisko's eggs with personality (and this year's smash eggs), Shocolate (the most beautiful hand painted eggs – and this year, metallic ‘diamond’ eggs), the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (for giant Dinosaur eggs covered in 100&1000s – not listed on their website), Burch & Purchese (think luxe salted caramel gold lustred shells or cute bunny pops) and Koko Black (for gorgeous presentation & client gifts). Save some for us! 

 

Want to wow your guests with the very best? We love bringing the finest local chocolatiers to our clients, creating a special tasting experience and gorgeous visual feature.
 
 

Easter with a Twist? Take classic Easter traditions and turn them upside down. From bunny-eared ice cream cones, to hot cross doughnuts thanks to Short Stop, we also love the Chocolate macarons that look like mini hot cross buns and the adorable, non traditional cakes inspired by the 'carrot', 'chicken', 'egg' and 'rabbit' by Lux Bite - to be released shortly!

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Easter without the Guilt? Try Pana Organics for Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free goodness.
OR Weirdoughs for vegan pastry delights! Alternatively, celebrate with a breakfast or brunch heroing egg based dishes. 

 

Embrace Melbourne's coffee obsession by having a barista on hand and serving the best locally roasted coffee. 

 

Family Fun! From petting zoos, egg and spoon races and face painters to showings of Peter Rabbit and traditional Easter Egg hunts. Or drop the eggs from a helicopter for a more dramatic show. There's tonnes of Arts & Crafts for kids to enjoy - from Paper plates that become Easter chicks to bedazzled eggs and basket weaving. Check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration.
The 2019 season launches with smash-hit Cinderella - everyone's favourite fairytale reimagined. We’re delighted to kick off another year working with The Australian Ballet to create memorable moments and shareable experiences. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 tickets to the opening night!
Tuesday 19th March , 7.30PM @ The Arts Centre Melbourne

To enter,  comment on our Cinderella Instagram post – tagging who you’d like to take.  We’ll announce the winner on Friday 15th!
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