Luna Park Sydney celebrated a monumental birthday on Sunday 4th October with a VIP event, marking exactly 80 years since the park opened in 1935.
Political and business leaders and special guests were treated to a wonderful night of celebrations and entertainment, including entrées and champagne served while riding on the spectacular Luna Park Ferris Wheel.
The night also marked the opening of the international award-winning Ferris Wheel Dining Experience, which will open to the public from Sunday 11 October 2015 – 20 March 2016.
Boasting Sydney’s best harbourside views, The Deck Sydney restaurant hosted guests for a delectable dinner with matching wines and dessert created by the talented Chef Michael Roper.
The menu included a main course of seared blue eye cod, crushed potatoes primavera with sorrel butter sauce and slow cooked Riverina beef tenderloin with horseradish cream and beetroot. The individual dessert platter delighted guests with a selection of Opera Cake with Frangelico cream and gold leaf, passionfruit meringue tart and amaretti and amaretto semifreddo with white chocolate shard.
After dining, Luna Park Sydney Director, Warwick Doughty, referred to Luna Park Sydney recently winning the award for the best Function Caterer (Sydney Metropolitan) at the prestigious Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence and then commemorated this milestone with the cutting of a specially designed birthday cake.
“For 80 years, Luna Park Sydney has brought smiles to the faces of millions, Luna Park Sydney is a place purposely designed and built for fun, pure fun,” he said.
The diversity of the guest list included, The Hon Helen Coonan, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Dean Goddad, Tourism Industry Division Executive Manager of the NSW Business Chamber, Sam Marshall, The author of Luna Park Sydney’s official history, Prof Richard McKay AM, Luna Park Sydney’s Heritage Consultant, Prof Ken Maher, The Celebrated Architect of the Modern Luna Park Sydney, Mary Stuart, CEO of Melbourne Luna Park and Phillip Corr, Director of Special Projects at the International Convention Centre Sydney and AEG Ogden.
As with any fun party, guests received a gift bag on departure, which included exclusive engraved champagne glasses, The Deck VIP card, 80th birthday souvenirs and a Luna Park Sydney Family Pass.
In addition to Luna Park Sydney’s 80th birthday celebrations, the Luna Park team was just recently awarded the Best Function/Convention Centre Caterer (Sydney Metropolitan) at the prestigious Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.
Luna Park Sydney first opened its doors to the public on 4 October 1935 to a 45-metre-long queue buzzing with eager Sydney-siders. With the flick of a switch, Luna Park’s famous grinning face blazed into life with the help of thousands of neon coloured lights.
Today, alongside a number of state of the art modern refurbishments, the park has managed to preserve its authenticity and 1930s style design. Luna Park Sydney has the honour of being one of two amusement parks in the world that is protected by government legislation, and has truly become an iconic part of Sydney and its picturesque harbourside.