This past Sunday we created a winning lunch for the 800 VIP guests at the Kyalami Equestrian Park for the Derby Final. Somehow the Derby is always on the hottest day of the year but this did not detract from our guests having a fabulous time!
The theme was Gatsby Glitz and the VIP Marquee was the place to be seen (we spotted Edith Venter, Unathi from Idols, and Thomas from 5fm). The guests looked amazing in their fancy outfits! Prior to the main event starting, we served a lovely three course summer meal followed by High Tea goodies. The lunch menu included oysters, sides of salmon, gammon, and delicious summer salads. Dessert was an array of pretty lemon mousses.
The horse jumping event was a huge hit. At one point the guests were standing up out of their seats with excitement.
Did you know that The Derby is so prestigious because it is so difficult? Jumps are 1.50 to 1.60m height and normally 1.60 wide. The Derby is the longest track jumped in SA with more than 20 actual jumps in the course. It combines the solid obstacles with typical showjumping fences so horse and rider need to be extremely versatile and fit.