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This weekend I am so very excited to be celebrating two of my great loves - champagne and Gatsby of course! On Friday 25 October a Gatsby-themed World Champagne Day dinner, styled by none other than the amazing Megan Morton, will be fittingly held at qualia Resort on Hamilton Island where the movie’s leading cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan have all stayed.
Australia is one of the first countries to toast World Champagne Day, even before the Champagne region itself, with no better way to celebrate than at Australia’s foremost luxury resort. A yearly social media event, 2013 marks the fourth annual World Champagne Day, uniting effervescent enthusiasts from around the globe who collectively raise a flute to this quintessential wine of celebration.
In conjunction with The Champagne Bureau, an exclusive Champagne Dinner will be held by the water’s edge on the sands of qualia’s Pebble Beach. Executive Chef Alastair Waddell will treat guests to a bespoke, four-course menu with matching wines straight from the finest Champagne houses in France, including Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésime 2000 and Bollinger La Grande Année 2004.
Elisabeth Drysdale, Director of the Australian Champagne Bureau, said: ‘Celebrating World Champagne Day at qualia Resort is the perfect way to raise a glass in honour of one of the world’s most iconic wines. The Day encourages the enjoyment of Champagne not just for special occasions, but at any time of year including with fine food, as each wine boasts such varied characteristics, tastes and styles produced only from the Champagne region in France.’
An intimate affair, eminent stylist Megan Morton explained that the design cues have been taken from one of Australia's most epic styling productions, The Great Gatsby.
‘Our celebration has its styling hat tipped to our appreciation of Champagne as well as nods to the kind of feverish good times Jay Gatsby encouraged. Expect large grand Gatsby-esque gestures as well as the minuet styling hidden treasures we adore creating, super styled using the mixed creative talent of Heidi Moore Gill and paper artist James Gordon,’ Morton said.
The three lead cast members from Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, have all previously stayed on Hamilton Island, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
The Champagne Dinner at qualia is part of a series of dinners presented by The Champagne Bureau, Australia, Vogue Living and Riedel Australia, to celebrate Australia’s ongoing love affair with Champagne.
To see the celebration unfold at qualia’s Champagne Dinner and other events around the globe, you can follow all of my weekend adventures on instagram and twitter @eatreadlover or share your very own celebrations at #ChampagneDay and #qualia.