The Victoria Racing Club is set to celebrate its first ever Super Saturday Garden Party race meeting this weekend, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced the Labor Government will provide $60,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund’s Raceday Attraction Program, alongside $186,000 from the Victoria Racing Club.
The Super Saturday Garden Party will give food and wine lovers plenty to enjoy, with tastings on offer as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival including locally brewed craft beers, botanical-inspired cocktails, local wines and food from some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.
The event will also feature live music from Melbourne Ska Orchestra, children’s sporting activities and games and roving entertainers such as human hedges, flower walkers on stilts and magician, The Marvellous Mr Marmalade.
Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has provided $14.3 million to support 6 thoroughbred events and 15 infrastructure projects for the Victoria Racing Club.
The racing industry in Inner Melbourne generates more than $1.9 billion of real gross added value for the Victorian economy each year and sustains more than 13,780 full-time equivalent jobs.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“We’re making sure Victoria is the country’s premier racing state for many years to come, supporting thousands of local jobs right across the state.”
“We’re proud to be investing in race days and infrastructure upgrades across Victoria, backing the dedicated men and women who work in our racing industry.”
Quote attributable to Victoria Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson
“We thank Minister Pakula and the Victorian Government for supporting our biggest raceday outside of spring. Racegoers can enjoy world-class racing while experiencing the Super Garden Party where we’ll celebrate Victorian produce as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020