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Meet Eat Repeat Serves Up Foodie Heaven Trackside at Cairns Amateurs Carnival

Thursday 27 July 2017. Cairns Amateurs Carnival will host one of the most dynamic food offerings ever seen at an Australian regional racing carnival as pop-up food festival Meet Eat Repeat serves up gourmet bites and good vibes trackside from some of the city’s top restaurants and bars.

Proudly presented by TropicNow Meet Eat Repeat will feature stalls from up to 15 local food vendors alongside a pop-up bar by The Gin Social Cocktail Bar where patrons can sample a selection of mixed drinks from the menu of Hilton Cairns’ new nightspot opening in August.

The fourth installment of the popular foodie event will be conveniently located near the entrance of Cannon Park Race Course and open to all Amateurs attendees with live entertainment and prime viewing of Fashions on the Field adding to the celebratory atmosphere.

TropicNow’s Leah King said Meet Eat Repeat’s food fair would offer an enticing selection of dishes from leading restaurants cafes and food vans in Cairns.

“The social event of the year in Cairns just got tastier” Ms King said.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the food and good vibes of Meet Eat Repeat trackside at the Cairns Amateurs giving racegoers a sensational range of food options and a cocktail bar by Gin Social.

“Punters will be able to eat and listen to some live acoustic tunes or grab a cocktail and watch the excitement of Fashions On The Field unfold” she said.

Cairns Amateurs Carnival CEO Graham Thornton said the addition of Meet Eat Repeat to the Carnival program would bring a new dimension to the region’s pinnacle social event.

“In 2017 Cairns Amateurs has continued to evolve its offering to become an event that is not just about horse racing or fashion but is truly a representation of the Tropical North and its celebratory spirit” Mr Thornton said.

“We are thrilled to host this next installment of the Meet Eat Repeat series which is a wonderfully inclusive event that is about getting people together to eat drink and be merry.

“I envisage our guests meeting and mingling at Meet Eat Repeat to relax enjoy some great food and live music and of course take in the colourful spectacle of Fashions on the Field which this year will be held within the public arena for all to enjoy” he said.

Launched in November 2016 Meet Eat Repeat’s past events have featured food stalls by Ochre NOA Mama Coco Harvest Mexican Apex Milk Bar Chef Wolfgang’s smoked BBQ Caffiend Samosa Hub So Hangry and more.

Now in its 59th year Cairns Amateurs Carnival has set its sights on beating last year’s impressive attendance of 18000 racegoers with a refreshed and glamorous blend of tropical fun fashion and racing.

Cairns Amateurs Carnival is held between Thursday 31 August and Saturday 2 September 2017 at Cannon Park Race Course with a number of key events also taking place on the city’s picturesque waterfront.

For further information and to buy tickets click here Cairns Amateurs Carnival Tickets.


History of Cairns Amateurs Carnival

The Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club Inc was established in 1959 by the late Sir Sydney Williams OBE and Les Gallagher to introduce a coastal version of the historical Oak Park races as a way of bringing city and country together. 

The committee of 10 members spanning representatives from outback stations and Cairns businesses presented the first ever Cairns Amateurs Carnival on 18 and 19 September 1959.

In its early days the Cairns Amateurs ran six races on each day of the two-day program and from the very outset was held under Vice-Regal patronage with the then Governor Sir Henry Abel Smith. 

Jockeys were as the club name suggests amateur riders and came mainly from the inland stations. 

Professional riders were not present until many years later due to changes in race regulations. 

While the club expressed disappointed at the mid-1990 ruling which disallowed amateur riders from competing the ‘amateurs’ tradition has been retained and is deeply instilled within the spirit of the club’s culture.

Today the mission of the club is to operate a sustainable and accessible annual racing carnival showcasing the social cultural and commercial attributes of Cairns and the tropical north.

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