International Fleet Review - Laissez-faire caterers exclusively for the Navy and the Maritime Museum

Date Posted: 17/10/2013 9:21:36 AM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas

Laissez-faire Catering has hosted the biggest week yet in its history! 

Having won the tender to cater for the Navy, we set up the entire food and beverages operation of the catering services at Garden Island during the International Fleet Review that saw thousands of sailors and VIP's turn up to the Navy facilities and millions of people that flocked to Sydney to see spectacle. The Navy alone had more than 3,000 guests  over 3 days coming through.  We also happen to be the exclusive caterer and retail operator at the Australian Maritime Museum, which saw it highest attendance over a weekend with over 15,000 visitors, most refreshing and eating at our restaurant, cafe, kiosk and pop-up stores. 

Members of the Royal Australian Band perform to crowds at the tall ships International Fleet Review open day held at Darling Harbour, Sydney. Tall ships from around the globe welcomed aboard visitors during the Tall Ship open day held at the Australian National Maritime Museum during the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review.

Thousands of VIP’s gathered over 3 days to celebrate The International Fleet Review. After winning the tender to cater at these events today our chefs created enough food to sink a battle ship. Our day started with 2000 muffins, 3000 croissants, 2000 lamingtons and 4000 fruit skewers! Gallons of coffee juice and water were also available. We offered lunch for 650 Naval VIP’s and thousands of fish and chip packs for the spectators!

We like to share a few images of the day and hope to see be ready for the upcoming another 100 years, right? ;) 

Thank you to all the staff and the team to make this event so wonderful and seamless to our clients!  we broke a record of catering for over 15,000 people over one weekend. 


Vampire Views at the Maritime Museum

Date Posted: 4/06/2012 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Host an event with a unique difference at the Maritime Museum.  The HMAS Vampire is the last of the country's big gun ships.  The Vampire served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1959 to 1986.  Why is it called the Vampire?  Add a venue tour to your event & find out!


The Australian National Maritime Museum is home to Yots waterside cafe. Check out their delicious menu by clicking on the banner below.

Mojitos at the Maritime Museum

Date Posted: 5/04/2012 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas

“Enjoy a Passionfruit Mojito with a view!  Maritime staff serving with a smile!”


Yots and Kiosk at the Maritime new pics

Date Posted: 30/03/2012 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas




Marc & Justyna Celebrate their Wedding at the Maritime Museum

Date Posted: 21/02/2012 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas




SPICE NEWS - Yots Cafe

Date Posted: 15/08/2011 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Craig B

Click here to read: Spice news article

For a image gallery  of the new venue click here

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The Australian National Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that Yots, its revamped waterside functions venue, has opened.

The Australian National Maritime Musuem has announced the opening of Yots, its revamped waterside functions venue with new menus and new ideas

Set in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with historic vessels and the Sydney skyline as its backdrop, the recently renovated venue is an elegant, year round, all weather function space. It will play host to corporate functions, weddings and social events – from banquets to cocktail parties – and will also become the museum’s café bar later in the year.

“The Australian National Maritime Museum is delighted to open Yots. With a new venue, new menu and new ideas we look forward to creating unforgettable events in our waterfront setting,” said museum director Mary-Louise Williams.

Yots, which accomodates 190 people seated or 300 people for cocktails, is now available to hire. The new look venue has undergone months of remodelling which has involved creating a roof top terrace and adding floor to ceiling, retractable glass doors to make a stylish indoor/outdoor space. The museum recently announced it had appointed new caterers for museum events and functions. Sydney-based Laissez-faire Catering has over 20 years experience providing delicious food, flexible menus and professional staff. They can produce tailored catering packages based on individual requirements using locally sourced products.

The museum is excited to offer unique, imaginiative events by combining the cultural activity of viewing an exhibition with wonderful dining. Guests are treated to an exceptional experience, while at the same time supporting the museum in its work. 

To celebrate the launch of the new venue, the museum is offering a spring special. For every booking received for dinners from September to November guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne package on HMAS Vampire, the museum’s former Navy Daring class destroyer.

The reworked Yots adds to the museum’s suite of unique venues catering for five to 300 guests which include the Tasman Light Gallery, former Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire and the museum’s theatre.

For all enquiries about the museum’s venue spaces visit