Pooches and Prosecco was exactly what I needed after a ruff week in the office. Deadlines were tight, which meant I had to work like a dog, to get the job done. And after five days of slogging it out, I was dog-tired and in desperate need of a drink (or 2). So, when my sister-in-law suggested heading to The Ascot Lot for an afternoon of prosecco fuelled puppy stalking, I was all ears.
The free event took place on Saturday 16 February from 12pm-10pm, at the Ascot Lot, 448 – 462 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale. It was a fitting celebration of Scotchmans Hill’s newly released wine, Swan Bay, and a toast to Melbourne’s dog loving culture.
The brand-new prosecco was light bodied, vibrant and fresh, as it should be. And after taking a swig we were hooked. We’d never heard of the boutique label before, so we walked over to the wine tasting station and sunk a few samples of their local, cool climate Bellarine Peninsula wines.
While each vintage was divine, we decided to support the prosecco of the moment which was devoured quicker than you can say ‘cheers’.
The drinks came in stunning pooches and prosecco branded glasses which we could take home for $5. And all profits went to The Lost Dogs’ Home who were there on the day. The rescue dogs were so cute that Leona had to physically remove me from the shelter and if I had a few more drinks, I definitely would have signed the papers and taken a staffy home.
The Canine Wellness Kitchen was serving up dog-friendly pinot noir and raw treats. And there was even a doggy market with fashion items from leading dog brands including Found and Hound, House of Boop and Laila and Me.
While humans definitely got the short end of the stick, there was still plenty to do on two legs. We hit up the bar for some prosecco cocktails, and devoured them in the newly refurbished outdoor beer garden. There was also a variety of food trucks, including Dr Sous, Mr Whippy and Sam’s Wood Fired pizzas (which were freakin delicious).
Unfortunately, the Scotchmans Hill enabled event is over, but there are plenty of places to get food, booze and pats according to the Australian Dog Lover.
The Ascot Lot is open Friday – Sunday and regularly host vegan nights, liquid lunches and themed trivia. You can also hire out their drinking hall or beer garden for private functions, complete with full bar service and audio visual capabilities, which sounds like one hell of a party to me!