Queensberry Cup attracts bumper crowds

Jack Hayes

More than 5000 locals and residents braved the elements for the inaugural running of the Queensberry Cup on October 22. 

In what marked the first major community event in North or West Melbourne since COVID-19, the bumper crowd relished a day full of live music, performances, food demonstrations, and even a Village Dog Show. 

While there was much to entertain punters throughout the day, all eyes were turned to the course as the Queensberry Cup neared go time, and as if some divine spirit intervened, clouds parted over North Melbourne and sun began to shine down on the masses. 

“We are really pleased with how the day went. We had more than 5000 attendees throughout the day and peaked at 1500 during the running of the Queensberry Cup,” Ariel Valent, director of local not-for-profit organisation and event organisers, The Centre, said. 

“We had over 30 entrants across three categories, with the standout performer being 10-year-old Oliver Furlong, who took out the open age category.”  


“The day was well supported by our volunteers and a great community spirit. With the idea of putting on a significant community event, we thought people would be keen, but to see the response on the day was great. Everyone loved being involved.”


Off the track, the event boasted a diverse range of musical performers including South African acapella group Makepisi, and hip hop crew L To R Dance. 

According to Mr Valent, almost all food and beverage retailers sold out on the day, which was great, “not only for them, but saw a flow on to the broader retail and hospitality community”.

“Through our Cirque Culinaire Kitchen Stage, it was great to see a great variety of local people and showcasing their cuisines; food you might not see every day but is often being cooked in the houses throughout North and West Melbourne,” Mr Valent said. 

“Overall, it was a great day which was reflected in a fantastic turn out.” •


Photo: Rachel Litwin

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