For the 16th consecutive year Lavazza created a stand-out guest experience in the Melbourne Cup Carnival Birdcage enclosure. Dubbed Palazzo Lavazza, the interiors were designed by The Block judge Neale Whitaker and payed homage to a luxury Italian hotel - a nod to 1950’s and 60’s Italian design, with family, food, coffee, and art at its heart.

The bespoke food and dessert menu was created by the largest Melbourne-based chef line up in Birdcage history; Buddha Lo (Matteo’s), Gerald Achille and Giorgio Angele (Brunetti) and Adam D’Sylva (Tonka and Coda).

The guest list included Zoe Ventura; The Block winners Elyse Knowles and Josh Barker, Rebecca Hewitt, Gary and Jordan Ablett, Marc and Jessie Murphy , Nadia Bartel and Montana Cox.

Photos by Anthony Scott Ehler.