March's arrival brings with it the glitz and glamour of Auckland Cup Week.
In keeping with previous years, glamorous guests will flock to Ellerslie Racecourse to sip champagne, graze on spreads dreamt up by some of the city's favourite chefs and enjoy all the race day action trackside. From Masu's Nic Watt to The Grove's Ben Bayly, Auckland's illustrious Cup Week has garnered a reputation for boasting some of the best spreads on offer.
From Derby Day to Cup Day, here's what you can expect in this year's best tents:
1. The Swisse Oasis
Known as one of the best places to soak up race day, the Swisse Oasis provides a luxurious escape from the heat, with delicious food and beverage to match. Following on from their 2016 event where Swisse partnered with celebrated local chef Ben Bayly of The Grove, this year will see Swisse team up with Odette's head Chef, Josh Kucharick.
Swisse guests will also be invited to head up to the Aperol Sundowners Deck, to enjoy an afternoon of crisp Italian-style cocktails and entertainment from The Peacekeepers and Isaac Aesili, among others.
2. GH Mumm Racing Village
Mumm Racing Village is also scheduled to return, boasting an array of delicious culinary offerings from the team at SkyCity and plenty of on-site entertainment throughout the afternoon. Guests will enjoy Mumm Cordon Rouge on arrival, sprawling racecourse views and music from the Kiwi DJ duo Sweet Mix Kids, alongside special guests. Those enjoying the action from the Mumm Village will also have access to a full cash bar and TAB.
Come Auckland Cup Day, Mumm guests will be treated to a delicious Mumm Rosé Champagne Cocktail, curated for race day and garnished with fresh strawberries and a splash of grapefruit juice.
Auckland Cup Week, Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11 at Ellerslie Racecourse.