Where are you watching the race that stops the nation on November 7?

RACE TIME: Jason Hawker, head chef of Seasalt Restaurant at Crowne Hotel Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
RACE TIME: Jason Hawker, head chef of Seasalt Restaurant at Crowne Hotel Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Seasalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Newcastle 12.30pm to 4.30pm, three courses for $89 per person, includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Sweepstakes, best-dressed prizes and afterwards, live music in the Lobby Lounge. Bookings essential: 4907 5075.

Merewether Surfhouse Cocktail party: $99 per person, sparkling on arrival, canapes plus a three-hour beverage package.  Seated event: $129 per person, canapes and French sparkling on arrival, two-course lunch and cheese station, four-hour beverage package. Also, live entertainment.

Rustica Noon to 3pm, three-course set menu $140 per person includes premium Hunter wines, French champagne, artisan beers and soft drink. Plus, performance by guitarist Damian Wright, sweeps and prizes. Bookings essential: 4929 3333 or eat@rustica.com.au.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club 11.30am to 4.30pm, $55 per person includes champagne on arrival, canapes and main meal. Music by Bobby C, sweeps and best-dressed prizes. 

Bar Petite Noon to 8pm,  $110 per person for a food and beverage package. 

Sydney Junction Hotel Doors open from 8am, entry free. Entertainment and prizes. VIP option $90 per person for a four-hour food and beverage package.

The Clarendon Hotel Vintage-themed garden party, $90 per person includes a two-hour gourmet canape service; a three-hour drink package featuring Murray’s beers, Andrew Peace wines; MisKonduct fashion parade; unlimited gelato from the Mr Goaty gelato trike; entertainment by Pete McCredie; an outdoor champagne and beer bar; plus sweeps, lucky door and best-dressed prizes. Tickets at eventbrite.com.au.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto 10am to 5pm, $65 per person includes a two-course meal, champagne on arrival and entertainment. Best-dressed prizes, sweeps and betting facilities.

The Squires Maiden 11am onwards, free canapes, sweeps, raffles, lucky door and best-dressed prizes. Reserve a table.

The Edwards Bar Noon to 3.30pm (plus after party), $110 per person plus booking fee for a four-hour drink package, a grazing plate, bubbles and canapes. Also, live music. 

Silo Restaurant & Lounge Noon to 4pm, $120 per person all-inclusive food and alcohol. Lucky door and best-dressed prizes plus giveaways. Reservations are essential.

The Landing Bar & Kitchen Dining package: $120 per person includes champagne cocktail on arrival, a three-course banquet and a three-and-a-half hour beverage package. Garden canapes: $79 per person with champagne cocktail on arrival, light roving canapes and a three-and-a-half hour beverage package. Entertainment by DJ Timmy Coffey.

Family Hotel Noon to 3pm, five tacos and a bottle of sparkling wine for $40. Plus, usual lunch and bar menu. 

The Greenroof 11am to 11pm, free entry. Live music, sweeps and lucky door prizes. 

Honeysuckle Hotel 10am, $130 per person plus booking fee for a three-hour canapes and drink package at a VIP Lawn Party in the Rum Bar. 

Shortland Hotel Noon to 4pm, $40 per person includes Canapes and a Flemington fling on arrival, three-course lunch, games, prizes and sweeps. Phone: 4951 1844.

The Anchorage Port Stephens Noon to 3pm, Galley Kitchen, includes a three-course lunch, an oyster tower and unlimited sparkling. Hosted by Kirstie Clements, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia. Accommodation deals available plus best-dressed prizes. 

The Mary Ellen $55 per person includes glass of bubbles on arrival and a two-course lunch menu. Live music after the race.  

Esca Bimbadgen 11am to 3.30pm, $90 per person includes Bimbadgen sparkling on arrival, a three-course lunch, best-dressed prizes, sweeps and an auction. Bookings: 4998 4666 or functions@bimbadgen.com.au.

South Newcastle Rugby league Club $89 per person for a three-course meal and drinks package. 

The Premier Hotel 10am to 10pm, $70 per person includes cocktail on arrival at a Garden Party, a two-course lunch, sweeps and best-dressed prizes. After party with live music.

Winnies Jamaican at Finnegan’s 11.30am to 8.30pm, three courses for $30 plus sweepstakes.

Hotel Delany 11.30am to 3.30pm, $99 per person for a four-hour beverage and canape package, sweeps, best-dressed prizes, big screens, TAB facilities, live entertainment and an after party. 

The Burwood Inn Cocktail Party, $120 per person includes canapes, a four-hour drinks package, Oyster Bar, prizes and live entertainment.

The Exchange 11am, $50 per person for a three-hour food and beverage package including canapes, beer, wine, bubbles, live music, sweeps and lucky door prizes. Tickets at eventbrite.com.au.

Six Degrees $99 per person includes five wine-matched courses and a beverage package. Bookings: 4929 5686. 

The Lucky Hotel $120 per person includes glass of French champagne on arrival, canape and four-hour beverage package, exclusive access to The Courtyard, photobooth, big screens, best-dressed prizes, sweeps, DJ AK Morris. 

The Kent Hotel Noon to 4pm, $79 per person for four hours of assorted food platters, tap beer, cider, house wine or bubbly and soft drinks. Best-dressed prizes plus after party.

Queens Wharf Hotel Skiff Bar: $120 per person for three courses, a four-and-a-half hour drinks package ad music from Kylie Jane. Wharf: $60 per person for finger food and canapes, a three-hour drink package and entertainment from Iguana. Bookings: info@qwh.com.au or 4929 6333.

The Beach Hotel 11.30am to 3pm, $120 per person includes a two-course meal, champagne, tap beers, wine and soft drink, sweeps, prizes, TAB and a fashion parade. Bookings: 4963 1574.

Dixon Park Surf Club 11am to 3pm, High Tea, $75 per person, entertainment from piano vocalist Anthony Lee and his comedy alter-ego Carlos Hopontopofus, prizes and a fashion parade. Bookings: stickytickets.com.au.

Swansea Hotel 10am to 5pm, $45 per person for buffet lunch, prizes and sweeps. Bookings: 4971 1227.

Mattara Hotel Noon at Sandbar room with private TAB facilities, $89 per person plus booking fee includes beverage package, trivia and canapes.

Belmont 16s Spinnaker Room $33 (non-members) or $29 (members) for a two-course lunch, bingo, live entertainment by Klassik Blak and a fashion parade. Best-dressed competition, sweeps and raffles with plenty of prizes to be won. Fundraiser for Got Your Back Sista.

Newcastle Jockey Club 11am, Pavilion Room, $160 per person includes a three-course lunch with canapes, mains and cheese platters, plus a five-hour beverage package. Chevals Restaurant, $89 for a three-course lunch.

FogHorn Brewhouse 11.30am to 4pm, $69 per person for champagne and canapes on arrival plus a main, live music, sweepstakes, prizes and the inaugural FogHorn Derby. Bookings: 4929 4721.

Customs House $110 per person, includes a three-course lunch, three-hour beverage package, live entertainment, sweeps and prizes. Bookings: trybooking.com.

Wests New Lambton Starlight Room 12.30pm, $60 per person includes sparkling on arrival, three-course lunch, special guests, a fashion parade, sweeps and prizes.  

Noah’s On The Beach $162.50 per person includes a three-course lunch and drinks, music by the Jungle Kings, a fashion parade, competitions and prizes.

Belmont Sporties 10am to 8pm, free glass of sparkling and a lamington, lucky door prizes, sweeps, two TAB areas and live entertainment. Three-course meal for $30 per person. Book a table: 4945 2811.

Swansea RSL Club 10.30am to 3.30pm, $43 per person includes a three-course meal, drink on arrival, a fashion parade, sweeps, wine tasting, live entertainment and prizes. 

Charlestown Bowling Club 11.30am to 3.30pm, $45 per person for sparkling and canapes on arrival, a two-course lunch, fashions on the field, lucky door prizes, a courtesy bus, live music, TAB and sweeps. Bookings: 4943 3766

Gunyah Hotel Open door, free entry, TAB facilities, races on all screens, lucky door prizes, sweeps, best-dressed prizes, after party from 4pm. VIP upgrade: $90 plus booking fee per person includes a four-hour premium food and beverage package, canapes, private entertainment. Bookings: 4945 4603.

Souths Merewether Noon to 5pm, $89 per person includes red carpet arrival, professional photographer, all-inclusive three-course meal and three-hour beverage package, live music, mini flower crown workshops with Jardines Floral Designer, prizes and sweeps. 

Sydney Junction Hotel Open door, free entry, TAB facilities, races on all screens, lucky door prizes, sweeps, best-dressed prizes, after party from 4pm. VIP upgrade: $90 plus booking fee per person includes a four-hour premium food and beverage package, canapes, private entertainment. Bookings: stickytickets.com.au.

Lambton Bowls, Sports & Recreation Club 11am to 6pm, $30 per person includes a glass of sparkling on arrival, a two-course lunch, hat parade and entertainment. Bookings at the bar.

Duke of Wellington Hotel Noon to 8pm, $75 per person includes a three-course meal and four drink tickets, sweepstakes, lucky door prize, raffle supporting Stop Ovarian Cancer, after party and a photobooth. 

Stockton Bowling Club Noon to 4pm, $55 per person includes drinks on arrival, canapes, dessert, prizes and entertainment by Jim Overend.

Merewether Golf Club Noon to 4pm, $55 per person includes canapes and bubbles or beer on arrival, a two-course lunch, TAB facilities, sweeps, raffles, best-dressed prizes and entertainment. Bookings: 4963 1128.

Nags Head Hotel Noon to 8pm, $60 per person includes a three-course lunch, bubbly, prizes, sweeps, games and music by Reggie Sinclair. Bookings: hotel@thenags.com.

Stanley Park 12.30pm, $65 per person includes canapes on arrival, private table set with vintage china and tea cups, High Tea, shot glass dessert bar, best-derssed prizes. Bookings: trybooking.com.


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