CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park was the location of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) official Welcome Event for 2022, offering attendees a glimpse of what the venue has to offer.
Around 800 guests were treated to a spectacular night of entertainment and gourmet hospitality as the industry came together for AIME for the first time since 2020.
Arriving by boat via the Yarra River, guests were greeted by roving acrobats and stilt walkers as they made their way to the central terrace of Melbourne Park, where they enjoyed drinks and canapés to the festive sounds of Melbourne brass band, Horns of Leroy.
The party then made it’s way into CENTREPIECE’s Grand Hall to commence the evening’s main acts, which included aerial performances and ten live food stations, all composed of locally-sourced fare, reflecting the venue’s Victorian-first philosophy.
Menu highlights included a Harvest Bar featuring cured and smoked meat, truffle honey, Victorian olives, grilled seasonal vegetables, house-made dips and Victorian cheeses, as well as a BBQ bar boasting Victorian lamb, beef brisket, BBQ pork ribs and whole free-range chicken, accompanied by fresh Victorian produce and condiments. At the bar, beverages from Victoria’s renowned wine regions and quintessentially Melbourne craft breweries were on offer.
Acrobat artists performed a synchronised aerial hoop spectacle before guests were ushered through large LED screen doors, leading them towards a stage and dance floor, as well as a floral mesh photo wall, AIME light up letters, a shimmer wall and GIF booth to capture memories of the night.
With show stopping performances by the Melbourne Gospel Choir, belting out an inspiring rendition of “Sky Full of Stars”, and Australian singer-songwriter Mia Wray, CENTREPIECE transformed their Grand Hall to reflect their aspiration of reviving the events industry.
Putting on a stunning dessert activation, featuring an edible CENTREPIECE artwork designed by Executive Chef, Asif Mamun, the venue came alive with a sense of anticipation as guests revelled in the excitement and sounds of Midnight Mix.