HISTORY MAKING: Almandin, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy on-board, wins the Melbourne Cup in 2016. Heartbreak City, behind, came second.
HISTORY MAKING: Almandin, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy on-board, wins the Melbourne Cup in 2016. Heartbreak City, behind, came second. Andy Brownbill

The race that stops a nation

THE Melbourne Cup is set to capture the imagination of Australians nationwide this afternoon, and venues in the area are saddling up for the big day.

Here is a guide to the Melbourne Cup luncheons:

Pips and Cherries: The Bell cafe is hosting an all-inclusive $40 luncheon complete with nibbles on arrival, share platter cold luncheon, dessert buffet and punch bar. Kids' snack boxes are also available and the event is BYO. The event begins at 11am.

Dalby Leagues Club: The Diehards hosted luncheon is $110 per person (tables of six) and includes beer, wine, soft drink, lunch and canapes. It begins at 11am.

U3A: Beginning at 11am at the senior citizens hall, tickets to the U3A event are $30 each and include a two-course meal provided by Meadowbank.

Dalby Bowls Club: Tickets to this event are $25 and include a two-course meal and wine. There will be plenty of entertainment including a tongue-in-cheek Fashions on the Field parade. The day begins at 10am.

Jandowae Bowls Club: Beginning at 11am, a $45 ticket to this event includes a glass of champagne, lunch, dessert and Fashions on the Field entry.

The guest speaker is Lisa Stanmore.

Mary's Commercial Hotel: Mary's luncheon includes a two course meal for $37 and a live performance by Lisa Sutton. The event begins at 11am.


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