The SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival has become famous for its three-day celebration of racing, entertainment, food, wine and fun in a spectacular Island setting. Kangaroo Island itself consists of beautiful coastlines, mountains, bush land and desert and is home to a variety of wildlife, pristine beaches and wineries - so whether you're after a day trip to KI for the races, or you'd like to make a week/weekend of it - we think the weekend of February 14-16 should be marked in your calendar.
And just incase you still needed convincing, we've put together 5 reasons why you should join us for Kangaroo Island Cup Day on Saturday February 16.
Reason #1 - Quench your thirst with our pop up bars
In 2018 we sold out of PIMM's - so this year we're bringing you three pop up bars to ensure our racegoers are kept happy all afternoon. Located in the general admission area with tables and chairs, our pop up bar area will be offering PIMM's, Pirate Life Beer and a Dudley Wines sparkling bar. If there's ever a reason to enjoy good drinks trackside with friends and family at one of South Australia's most picturesque towns, then this is it!
Reason #2 - We are bringing you a Fashion At The Races qualifying event
We will be hosting a Fashion At The Races qualifying event on Cup Day! There is more cash and prizes up for grabs than ever before – with prizes offered for Best Dressed Womenswear, Runner-Up Best Dressed, Best Millinery, Best Footwear Women’s, Best Dressed Menswear and Best Kidswear. This year's best dressed racegoer will also win a Southern Ocean Lodge luxury escape.
Be sure to look out for the registraiton booth in the general admission area to enter the competition and to find out heat times.
Reason #3 - The sold-out Long Lunch Marquee is back again!
If you're the type of race goer who enjoys good food and wine, then this is the marquee for you. Here you’ll enjoy a delicious 4-course menu of local Kangaroo Island produce, accompanied by endless Dudley Wines and a selection of beers - all while dining trackside along the home straight.
It really is the place to be, and it's no wonder this marquee is a sell out year in, year out - so giddy up - book here before its too late.
Reason #4 - It's a family friendly event
If you'd like to show the kids that the races are for any age, then the SeaLink KI Cup is the perfect event to do so! For a more low key race day, why not pack a picnic rug, a platter (or two!) and enjoy an afternoon trackside with the kids. Proving popular in 2018, we'll even be bringing back a Fashion At The Races heat for the kids - so they can also get into the racing style spirit.
Reason #5 - It only happens once a year
So if you miss it in 2019 - you'll have to wait a whole year! With SeaLink offering coach and ferry transfers for the Saturday Cup Day - all we can say is, giddy up!