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The place to be if you're a VIP at the Melbourne Cup

Published 1029 GMT (1829 HKT) November 5, 2018
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The Birdcage at the Melbourne Cup is the epicenter of style and glamor -- and the place to be seen if you're a celebrity or VIP. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty Images
Within the enclosure sponsors host bespoke lavish marquees which feature everything from purple martinis, decadent floral displays, entertainment routines and plenty of designer outfits. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty Images
The $7.3 million cup began in 1861 and has evolved into a week-long festival -- where horse racing isn't its only focus, but also fashion, entertainment and hospitality. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty Images
Maison Mumm has centered its marquee around the launch of its champagne bottle which has been designed for space travel. Maison Mumm
Mumm's marquee will also feature "high energy visual performances" by its Space Odyssey Orchestra. Maison Mumm
Black ants will be served for desert at the Lexus Design Pavilion. In Ben Shewry's dish, the New Zealand chef serves up an ice-cream lamington, which is coated in black Australian ants and coconut with chocolate grown and hand made in Queensland's Daintree Forest. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty Images
Shiitake and wattle seed truffle by Australian chef, Shaun Quade, will be served as dessert in the Lexus Design Pavilion. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty Images
Quade will be serving food on level three of the pavilion -- which can cater up at 76 people. It is the largest ever dining room within the Birdcage enclosure -- and has the most coveted view, overlooking Flemington's racecourse. EVH Agency
During the week, Melbourne Cup's Carnival features four days of thoroughbred racing, which includes Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day. Bumble