For the 11th year in a row, Veuve Clicquot welcomed more than 9,000 polo enthusiasts to Liberty State Park to kick off the summer season. With stunning views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty serving as the backdrop, guests enjoyed an afternoon fête complete with a fast-paced polo match, stylish fashions and, of course, Veuve Clicquot champagne.
Always a star-studded event, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic was attended by celebrities and friends of the brand including Penelope Cruz, Sienna Miller, Sam Rockwell, Freida Pinto, Laura Harrier, Darren Criss, Winnie Harlow, Coco Rocha, Sutton Foster, Marcc Rose, Jenny Mollen & Jason Biggs, Gayle King, Casey Cott, Susan Kelechi Watson, Grace Bol, Leigh Lezark, TK Quann, DJ Pamela and many more.
Once again, Veuve Clicquot proudly supported the Friends of Liberty State Park, an organization dedicated to keeping Liberty State Park a free, green, and non-commercial urban waterfront oasis and the official beneficiary of the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The park is only a stone’s throw from the Statue of Liberty with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
Actress and Broadway sensation Sutton Foster kicked off the day’s festivities with her striking rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The ceremonial ball toss thrown in by Winnie Harlow was a great start to the polo match, while Coco Rocha stomped divots in style during half-time, cast mates Darren Criss and Penelope Cruz caught up over glasses of Veuve Clicquot and Sienna Miller enjoyed some mother-daughter time during the match with her date for the day, her Mom. Delfina Blaquier and Nacho Figueras made a great team both on and off the field, with Delfina being awarded MVP of the game and gifted a limited-edition timepiece from luxury watch brand Hublot.
In celebration of 2018 marking the 200th anniversary of Veuve Clicquot creating the world’s first blended Rosé Champagne, Freida Pinto struck a pose as she cut into a Rosé-inspired cake in the VIP tent, designed and created by Chef Stephanie Nass, while glasses were filled with Veuve Clicquot Rosé from large format magnums to perfectly top off this celebratory moment. The 200th anniversary festivities continued in the Rosé Garden, an elevated consumer experience at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, where guests enjoyed glasses of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, gourmet lunch boxes, and premium views of the match from an exclusive and beautiful garden setting with open lounge seating.
Always a fan-favorite, guests sipped Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé, the House’s Champagne offerings that are inspired by mixology and designed to be served over ice and mixed with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. The two specialty cocktails for this year’s event were the Clicquot Rich Classic and Clicquot Rich Rosé Twist, which feature cucumber and lime, respectively.
As a complement to Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Rosé, Rich and Rich Rosé Champagnes, guests enjoyed gourmet summer fare from some of the best food trucks in the city, including Red Hook Lobster Pound, Neapolitan Express, Chick Wings & Things, Zoelily Empanadas, Toum, Ponti Rossi, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, Mobile Mardi Gras, Bona Bona, Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria, Gorilla Cheese, and more.
Known as one of the most glamourous and stylish daytime events of the season, celebrities and guests at the 11th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic stepped out to enjoy the beautiful day in some of summer’s hottest styles including both Sienna Miller and Winnie Harlow rocking the all-white trend, Penelope Cruz donning a fitted polka dot Zac Posen dress, Freida Pinto looking stunning in a marigold Cinq a Sept dress, and Sienna Miller and Laura Harrier both accessorized with 90s-inspired sunglasses. Guests donned breezy dresses, colorful suits, chic shorts, and iconic wide-brimmed summer hats that have long been associated with the sport and style of polo.
Off the polo field, Veuve Clicquot illuminated New York City with a second-annual lighting of the Empire State Building in the iconic hues of Veuve Clicquot Yellow and Rosé – a special nod to the 200th anniversary – on May 31. Veuve Clicquot’s President & CEO Jean-Marc Gallot, US Senior Vice President Aygline Pechdo, polo player Nacho Figueras, and the Empire State Building team gathered at the world-famous building for an honorary lighting ceremony, where Nacho, atop a polo horse, flipped the official switch and gifted a signed polo ball to commemorate the event for years to come.