SOCIAL EVENT: Carolyn Farnell and Maree Semple look forward to the Ipswich Club’s wine and food night.
SOCIAL EVENT: Carolyn Farnell and Maree Semple look forward to the Ipswich Club’s wine and food night. Sarah Harvey

Fine wine and food for Ipswich Club evening

IT'S a traditional meeting place for professionals and business folk and a charming backdrop for weddings and parties, but the Ipswich Club will throw open its doors to the general public this month.

The annual wine and food night is entering its sixth year, and organiser Carolyn Farnell said it was a popular way to promote the club while raising much-needed funds for maintenance of the picturesque building on Gray St.

"The previous wine and food evenings have been very successful nights and we expect this one to be a big hit," Ms Farnell said.

The event will showcase 35 wines from Australia and France, Italy and New Zealand - some of which will be available for purchase on the night.

Guests will be treated to a grazing buffet of delicious food to complement the fine drop.

Singer Nicky Steele will provide live entertainment.

Although the Ipswich Club was established in a building on Foot Lane in 1949, it took only 10 years for the organisation to shift to its current home at 14 Gray St.

President Peter Johnston said the club was home to a diverse range of people who valued the historical significance of the building and the people who had met there over the past 60 years.

"There is a significant social aspect to being a member of the Ipswich Club," Mr Johnston said.

"There's a sense of belonging.

"Business hasn't been exactly buoyant in recent times and one of our goals is to ensure we keep this thing alive because it has been an important institution of Ipswich."

The Ipswich Club Wine and Food Evening will be held on Saturday from 7pm.

Tickets cost $65.

To book, phone Ms Farnell on 0400 478 971.



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