Ready for crowds
FOOD and drink by the truckload is arriving ahead of Sunday's start to the Carlton Draught 2006 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival.
Coffs Harbour Racing Club officials have co-ordinated several semi-trailers and B-doubles to deliver beer and mixed beverages for thirsty carnival patrons.
They have also ordered more than three pallets loaded with soft drinks ? to encourage patrons to pace themselves over the three days of festivities, of course.
Local suppliers will bring in 130kg of sausages, 60kg of steaks, more than 100kg of roast beef, more than 400kg of chips, 200 bread loaves and more than 200 dozen bread rolls.
Events manager Simon Chladil said this year's carnival would have more bars, food outlets and toilets in operation than ever before to cope with the anticipated big crowds.
"On Cup Day next Thursday, Foster's Australia will have a fully-equipped port-a-pub and two rapid-pour bars," Simon said.
"The racing club will also have a $2 snack tent at the Cup, which will offer ready-to-go gourmet snacks."
The more than 40 corporate marquee and picnic sites on Cup Day are now fully-booked, however, tickets for general gate entry and Club Festivus for the 18- to 35-year-olds are still for sale. Day one of the carnival is on Sunday with the NBN Television Community Cups Race Day, followed by the Coffs Coast Advocate Sprint Race Day on Tuesday, August 1, and the Carlton Draught 2006 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day on Thursday, August 3.