For the first time, Lexus Australia, the Principal Partner of the Victoria Racing Club and naming rights sponsor of the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be bringing the generous spirit of the brand’s Birdcage hospitality into Australian homes with Neil Perry x Lexus Picnic.

Created in collaboration with celebrated chef and Lexus Ambassador, Neil Perry, the premium picnic hampers reflect the luxury lifestyle brand’s commitment to innovative experiences, delivering the same signature hospitality and prestige that have come to define the LANDMARK by Lexus Birdcage presence.

Transcending the famous trackside setting, the evocative culinary experience is designed to enhance the exhilaration of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, from the comfort of your home or favourite picnic destination.

“We are dedicated to creating amazing experiences and memories for our customers, and despite its challenges, this year will be no exception,” says Lexus Australia Chief Executive, Scott Thompson.

“We are proud to host this innovative initiative for a carnival like no other, with a world-class, in-home dining experience by igniting their senses through sophisticated flavour and first-class hospitality.”

10-year-loyal Lexus Australia Ambassador, Neil Perry, will tantalise the tastebuds of racing aficionados, showcasing premium produce and the freshest seasonal highlights sourced from local providores and growers.

Perry, who has managed award-winning restaurants across the globe, says the decadent picnic dishes along with curated cocktails and beverages will bring a sense of occasion to people’s own Cup Day celebrations.

“Food and drink have always connected people across the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and we are so excited to continue that tradition this year through a multi-sensory dining experience that magnifies the same sense of occasion and indulgence,” Perry says.

The premium hampers compliment this year’s theme of ‘Senses Electrified’, with the luxury lifestyle brand partnering with Lexus Sensory Masters — creative artisans across food, fashion, florals, design and music — to entice Australians to create their own immersive Birdcage experience at home and igniting their senses through the virtual Lexus Lifestyle Hub.

The exclusive Neil Perry x Lexus Picnic experience is available in Melbourne and Sydney.  Available for pick-up and delivery on race days during the Lexus Melbourne Cup in Melbourne and pick-up only in Sydney from Rockpool Bar and Grill.

Picnic Box RRP $250 + shipping

A Neil Perry designed menu of decadent seasonal dishes

• First harvest salmon pearls chive and crème fraiche blini
• Pea and ricotta tartlet
• Prosciutto, gribiche and sourdough croute
• Prawn cocktail finger sandwiches
• Sichuan eggplant with jasmine rice
• Beef tataki, soba noodles, ginger and edamame
• Black sesame salmon, yuzu, kohlrabi and sticky rice
• Tea smoked duck, pickled cabbage and Dijon vinaigrette
• Strawberry mascarpone cake
• Rocky road

Beverage Box RRP: $132 + shipping
A curated selection of the official Lexus Melbourne Cup beverage partners

• Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne (1 bottle)
• Spring Cocktail (4 servings) made of Malfy 41% lemon infused Italian Gin mixed with Triple sec, Limoncello, Campari, ruby grapefruit juice and lemon juice • Squealing Pig Rosé Central Otago, NZ (1 bottle)

Source: Lexus