The great polo food festival makes its debut at Chestertons polo in the park 2016 with delights from Ramsay and Hix alongside the best of London’s street food
In a move sure to delight the gastronome within us all, this year sees the launch of The Great Polo Food Festival at Hurlingham Park, Fulham on June 3-5 2016 as part of the iconic Chestertons Polo in the Park, now a firm favourite in the European polo calendar.
Bringing together top restaurants and contemporary street food, the festival aims to deliver culinary excellence to spectators at the event held at the venue that is known as the ‘spiritual home’ of polo (the first set of formal rules for British polo were written at Hurlingham Park in 1874).
World renowned chefs will be represented, serving bespoke dishes that have been specially created for the event. Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill takes inspiration from the grill rooms of Manhattan and will be offering rare breed steaks, fish and poultry. On the other side of the cuisine spectrum, Australian chef Scott Hailsworth’s signature ‘East meets West’ Japanese dishes will feature at his Kurobuta pop up. Last but certainly not least, Mark Hix will also be represented, bringing together a collection of favourites from his HIX restaurants.
Hailsworth said “Our menu at Kurobuta is designed to be enjoyed whilst socialising with friends in an informal and relaxed environment which fits in perfectly with the ambience at Chestertons Polo in the Park. It’s a fantastic opportunity and honour to be part of The Great Polo Food Festival alongside other top food destinations.”
Top names in street food are also headed to the event with Born&Raised, Le Bun, Smoking Buns and Ceru and Poke bringing culinary delights to the event that range from Hawaiian cuisine to traditional hand thrown pizzas. Bubbledogs will also be attending, serving hand crafted hotdogs, presented with a glass of Champagne Lanson- what better accompaniment to the polo?
Smokestak and Carbonis are sure to be popular on the Friday evening as they bring the Barbeque to Polo in the Park as South Africa clash with England in the highly anticipated International match, the South Africans of course, world renowned for their ‘braais’.
Since its conception in 2009, Chestertons Polo in the Park has strived to employ a person centred, inclusive approach to polo, placing the spectator at the heart of the event. The introduction of The Great Polo Food Festival (curated by Gorilla Events and 56dc) only serves to enhance the spectator experience.
Set to attract a new foodie crowd from across London and beyond, The Great Polo Food Festival may even create a few new polo fans as spectators benefit from the unique ‘City Polo Rules’ that are specifically designed to allow spectators to appreciate and follow the high octane, fast and furious polo action without needing any prior knowledge of the game.
Rory Heron, Managing Director of SportgateInternational said: “This year is going to be a big year for Chestertons Polo in the Park, the debut of The Great Polo Food Festival is incredibly exciting as it’s opening doors to all the foodies of London. We have such a high standard of leading London restaurants; we can’t wait to introduce our guests to all the gastronomic delights.”
With this brand new gastronomic experience on offer, a host of glamorous bars that include the famous Mahiki VIP lounge and the Champagne Lanson garden, a luxury shopping village and even the Little Hooves Club for children. Chestertons Polo in the Park provides something for everyone and if you are a polo newbie, is certainly the event to attend this summer!
Tickets start from £10 and can be bought via www.ticketmaster.co.uk for more information visit www.polointheparklondon.com
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