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Applejack Staff Party 2024

Applejack celebrated the past year with a hoedown to remember!

Giddy-up team Applejack! We put on our cowboy hats and chaps for a Ranch themed staff party in March 2024.

After a jam-packed 2023, we celebrated the hard work of all the Applejack teams with an epic staff party and awards day. The theme for the party was Ranch and it was truly a blast seeing how everyone got into the spirit with cowboy hats, boots, chaps, not to mention the bold cow prints, funky colours, and accessories galore.

The party was held at Mothership Studio’s in Marrickville – with a mechanical bull, disco balls, cowboy hats, horseshoes, and more. The stylists from Chameleon Events & Styling did an incredible job of bringing the Ranch to life.


The teams from Forrester’s, The Butler, Bopp & Tone, RAFI, SoCal, Botanist, Hester’s, June’s, Taphouse and head office looked incredible in their Western outfits. Everyone had the opportunity to mingle, enjoy drinks, play rounds of beer pong, and feast on delicious wood-fired pizzas from Romano Pizzeria.

Once everyone had settled in and enjoyed a few drinks, we dove straight into the Applejack Awards. From Star managers, Chefs and waitstaff, to the Applejack joker and oracle there were so many great awards to be won. It was an ideal moment to acknowledge the staff’s exceptional work and toast to their success.


Without further ado our Applejack Award Winners are:

Venue of the year: The Butler

Master Manager: Sam Glickman (Forrester’s)

Chef of the year: Jordan (Bopp & Tone)

AJ Oracle: Holly McMahon (Head Office)

Bar Star: Donovan Binks (Bopp & Tone)

Rising Star Manager: Isabel Tuono (RAFI)

AJ Culture King: Tristan Fisher (SoCal)

HR Unicorn: Shishir (SoCal)

AJ Joker: Jarrah Forbes-Droulers (The Botanist Kirribilli)

Marketing & Events Star: Sarah Cheney (Forrester’s)

Best Dressed: Emily Benchoum (RAFI)

Rising Star Of The Kitchen: Mulianto (Taphouse)

Environmental Star: Michael Paszek (Head Office)


With the formal part of the event behind us, it was time to hit the floor and dance the afternoon away! With a mix of classics, country tunes, and dance hits playing, everyone had the chance to strut their stuff. The night came to a close at Lazy Bones Lounge, leaving everyone happy and thoroughly danced out.

Thank you to all involved in what really was an epic day out. We already are counting down the days until next years party!

Keen to join the Applejack family and enjoy epic parties like this one, great work perks and a supportive work culture? Check out all our venues below, and register for our URBNSURF job fair in May 2024.