Inside the Marriott Bonvoy Paddock Club Lounge at the 2019 AusGP

The Australian Grand Prix roars into Melbourne this weekend.

While most fans will roam Albert Park on a general admission ticket, a select few will enjoy the perks of the new Marriott Bonvoy Paddock Club Lounge.

Here’s what a cool $2495 will get you for three days at the track.

FOOD

If you’re spending top dollar on a Paddock Club three-day pass, Atlantic Group chief executive Hatem Saleh wants you to get your bang for your buck.

“At that level, there is no excuse for anything but the finest and the best,” he said.

Guests who visit the lounge are expected to eat their way through 29,950 sweet canapes, designed by The Atlantic Group’s head pastry chef Lisa Van Zanten.

On arrival, guests can enjoy Genovese coffee and a Mill and Bakery pastries, before moving to their corporate suites.

Throughout the AusGP The Atlantic Group will serve five-tonne of slow cooked brisket, 17,000 corn croquettes and 860 sandwiches.

“The Paddock Club is known as the main international location for all of the high-end activity, it’s the party place, it’s the place to drink, it’s the place to eat … it’s the one location for everyone to party on,” Mr Saleh said.

DRINKS

Pernod Riccard is the wine and champagne partner of the AusGP 2019. G.H Mumm champagne will be served in the Mariott Bonvoy Lounge, with corporate guests expected to drink 4000 bottles of the French bubbly at the event. Beer lovers are expected to drink 45,000 Heineken beers, while wine lovers can sample the premium Barossa Valley’s St Hugo’s range. Guests can enjoy 13 different styles of wine from the back vintage and their private collection.

ENTERTAINMENT

Singer and actor Bonnie Anderson will be the headline performer on Sunday in The Lounge. While Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton cut laps of Albert Park this weekend, Paddock Club guests are put in the drivers seat with the Mercedes Benz virtual reality experience.

HAIR AND BEAUTY

Need to touch up your hair and makeup? Take a left turn and a pit stop in Joey Scandizzo X Jade K pamper pit as you enter.

NOT IN A SUITE?

The AusGP still caters for about 295,000 people across the four-day event.

Expect to see Biggie Smalls and Miso Fresh among the food trucks at M-Lane.

The Heineken Village is another foodie haunt worth exploring, with American BBQ restaurant San Antone and Greek favourite Jimmy Grants serving the goods.

Culinary advisor and chef Shane Delia said there was something for every taste at this year’s event.

“This year we have a whole heap of new caterers … there’s heaps for everyone from a corporate perspective and a public perspective,” he said.

Originally published by the Herald Sun on 13 March 2019. Written by Kara Irving.