Stella Artois at The Portsea Polo
The year doesn't start until a beer and little polo has been had...
Just over one hundred kilometres away, nestled at very tip and most westerly point, of the Mornington Peninsula, Point Nepean is frankly one of Victoria’s most beautiful natural landscapes. On one Saturday every year it is host to something truly special. The annual Portsea Polo, now in it’s 19th year. With last year’s event shrouded in bad weather and muddy grounds there was a lot of expectation to see wether the Polo would bounce back.
This event brings together politicians, athletes, socialites and supermodels, all with a common theme. Dress to impress, not to be mistaken with formality. The code is cool and collected, beautiful and breezy. Always expecting pastel colours, linen suits and flowing dresses. We were guests of Stella Artois in their second consecutive year of sponsorship. Our experience started the Friday night before with their Sensorium Welcome Dinner at Pt Leo Estate. Awarded ‘New Restaurant of the Year’, we tucked into a customised menu by culinary genius Phil Wood. The meal served, beyond amazing, was a collection of the Estate’s signature dishes but also dishes inspired by Stella Artois fruity and light hop aroma. Hard to pick a stand out but the “Corned beef short rib with cucumber and shitake pickle, mushroom soy and Stella Artois white sauce” was one we’re still savouring almost a week later.
The next day the weather delivered the bounce back, beautiful blue skies, luscious grass under foot and a hot sun over head, with the sea breeze blowing off the bay it was the perfect temperature. Entertained by Australian actor Luke Bracey and Supermodel Georgia Fowler, the contrasting red Stella Marquee was a buzz with a beautiful and well dressed crowd of 400. With this thirst quenching Belgium beer on tap, it’s crisp finish, served at 4 degrees was going down a bloody treat.