Australia Day Luncheon 2016

Luna Park Venues welcomed the Australia Day Council of NSW who hosted the official Australia Day Lunch at Luna Park for the third year running, with state leaders, senior representatives from the business arts and community sectors coming together to celebrate at the prestigious event.

In hosting the event, it was critical for Luna Park to serve up a fresh and innovative Australia Day inspired menu to guests, some of whom have been attending for many years. Luna Park Venues’ Executive Chef and recent Restaurant and Catering Awards winner, Mark Taylor, yet again rose to the challenge and delivered an impeccable menu, guiding more than 60 service staff to cook for and serve 800 guests in the Big Top. Guests included the NSW Premier Mike Baird, Exhibitions and Events Association of Australia CEO Joyce DiMascio and MEA CEO Linda Gaunt.  

The menu included nods to traditional Aussie tucker, including a thyme and garlic marinated Junee lamb loin served on a bed of kipfler potatoes, asparagus, fried leeks and a jus and a de-constructed lamington alongside coconut gelato, strawberry puree and a macaron for dessert.

Guests were served Brokenwood Wines, a long-standing partner of the venue space, while enjoying world-class cuisine by the harbourside venue’s talented in-house catering team.

Luna Park Venues’ General Manager of Sales, James Granter, was thrilled to host the luncheon for the third consecutive year.

“To host such a significant and prestigious event for three years in a row a wonderful honour for Luna Park Venues. We think that celebrating what it is to be Australian while overlooking arguably Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, is the perfect way for corporate Australia to celebrate our national day,” Granter said.

Luna Park Venues ensured CBD guests could soak up a total Sydney experience by providing a free ferry from King Street Wharf to escort guests to the luncheon venue. Post-event, The Deck restaurant, with sweeping harbour and CBD views, was opened for drinks to continue celebrations.

Event sponsor Australia Post announced the 2016 Australia Post Legends, honouring Australian tennis greats. Premier Baird took to the stage to deliver a heartfelt Australia Day speech and the entertainment program featured performances by Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew and Roy & HG.

The diversity of the guest list ranged from profile companies like Macquarie Bank, Westpac, GIO, Sydney Opera House, P&O Cruises, Football NSW, NSW Police and Tourism Australia.

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