A Day at the Races

A couple of weeks ago my friend Emily Anne asked if Travis and I wanted to attend the Food and Wine event at the Doomben Race Course with her and her husband. Clearly we have a very busy social calendar and had to re-work some things in order to fit it in 😉 Just kidding, I jumped at the chance to go and especially to do something different than we would do on a typical Saturday in Houston.

After some last minute shopping and manicures the day before, we were ready for our first race day experience in Brisbane -actually Travis and my first horse race anywhere. Since I didn’t have any background knowledge on horse races, besides what I managed to scrounge up on google and pinterest, I really had no idea what to expect.

I was nervous about but dressing appropriately but when I got there I realized we fit in just fine. Most of the men were in slacks, ties etc. although I did see a couple rebels sporting some denim (not enough for Travis to get mad at me for making him dress up though) and the ladies were in a whole range of dresses and fun head wear.

Anyone recognize our outfits? 😉


My partner in crime and I


Since I had never been to a horse race I really didn’t have much to compare it to. This particular event had different food and alcohol tents set up along the track so you could walk around and try different things. One thing that Emily Anne and Josh did point out was that nobody really seemed to concerned with the actual horse races. You could barely hear the announcer when the races began and everybody just carried on socializing. It did make it easier for us to get a good view as the horses wizzed by.


I was surprised at how quick each race was. It was perfect for someone with a limited attention span (not that I know anyone like that…).


They had other entertainment going on as well- including a grape stomping competition. The winner won a vacation package. It mostly just reminded me of I Love Lucy.


One of the tents we hung out in


As we headed out to find a cab my dogs were barking. It’s been a good while since I have worn heels for an extended period of time. Clearly I am not the only one with this problem because look what we spotted by the exit.


Well played, Doomben, well played. Unfortunately my feet were not hurting $20 worth.

Overall we had a great time at the races, it was a fun way to spend a beautiful (almost) Spring Saturday. Thanks to Emily Anne for supplying the higher quality pictures in this post, you can read her post on the day here.