Bright Lights. Big City. Bottle Popping!! On June 3, 2017, the country’s most chic and champagne obsessed gathered in New York City to attend one of the year’s most sought after affairs. The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic can be described only one way…. THE event of the season. For those of you who know me well, you know that my favorite food group is champagne. I live it, breathe it and LOVE it. For me, attending the 10th anniversary of this magnificent event was a dream come true. NYC has had my heart since the day I was born there and rose’ and I have been besties for years. It was only fitting that this year’s Ladies Who Dine Annual Retreat incorporated the greatest city on earth and we popped bottles all weekend long.
Veuve Clicquot NYC – the Beginning
Our day began with blowouts at DreamDry on West 57th Street. This event is often described as a sequel to NY Fashion Week, so we had to make sure we were camera ready. The team at Dream Dry did an AMAZING job of crafting the perfect hairstyle for each of us and doing so in record time! We fashionably Uber’d our way to Battery Park, where we fast passed to the front of the Ferry Line to board the VCPC10 Ferry that would take thousands of us to the iconic Liberty State Park for the event.
Insider Tip: To bypass long lines boarding the ferries, you can buy a fast pass ticket or a ticket to the coveted Rose’ Garden. We opted to purchase the Rose’ Garden Package tickets. They are a bit pricier at $500 a pop, but totally worth it. The Rose’ Garden Package includes an intimate and exclusive experience, and open lounge seating which was plentiful as all guests sat comfortably. You also get a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose’, an individual gourmet lunchbox (which would give a Top Chef a run for her money), priority ferry/shuttle boarding, limited edition Vuarnet VC sunglasses, access to special VC bars and early entry onto the field for a special finale’ performance!
Photo Cred: Instagram @chelseyulrich
The ferry ride was a party in itself. Everyone was beautifully dressed, and the top tunes of the summer were blasting as we coasted over the water to our destination. The scenic ride was a quick 10 minutes, and Lady Liberty gazed upon us the entire time. Upon arrival at the dock, guests proceeded to the park grounds. FYI: The walk is about 15 minutes, so wear comfy shoes! There are also bike rickshaws available for hire if you do not want to take this morning stroll.
Photo Cred: Veuve Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot NYC – the Main Event
Once guests arrived at the event gates, they were directed to their respective areas. The main event area is lined with food trucks, life-sized games, and many photo ops. As we entered the Rose’ Garden we were blown away with the beautiful décor, plentiful and chic lounge seating, multiple Instagram-worthy floral backdrops and beautiful bars stocked with thousands of bottles of bubbly. Not to mention the adorable Fendi Pop Up Shop and chic Hublot Display. We grabbed a farm table set for 10 under two large 10ft VC yellow umbrellas. For me, there’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable at a day-long event. That was not the case at Veuve Clicquot, as I can honestly say the VCPC team did an amazing job of transforming the area.
Photo Cred: Instagram @empirestyleofmind (above)
Photo Cred: Instagram @moi_nani (above)
We arrived fashionably early, with plenty of time to grab a beverage and stage multiple mini photo-shoots to capture the gorgeous setting. Insider Tip: Each Rose’ Garden ticket holder gets a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose’ and two beverage tickets to purchase two additional glasses. We began with a specialty Rich Rose’ cocktail and saved our bottles for the event.
Photo Cred: Veuve Clicquot (above)
The polo match began around 2:00 pm, and I cannot put in words how gorgeous the view was. We watched as beautiful horses galloped through the grounds with the New York skyline in the backdrop. Halfway through, guests were invited onto the grounds for the ceremonial Champagne Divot Stomp. Guests spent this time stomping divots in the ground created from the match, sipping champagne, and dancing freely to none other than “Pretty Woman.” Immediately following the event the Rose’ Garden ticket holders were ushered onto the field for prime real estate to watch the grand finale, a performance by the legendary Alicia Keys.
Photo Cred: Instagram @solkaphotography (above)
Veuve Clicquot NYC – till Next Year
Following the performance, it was time to say our goodbyes to all of the fabulous new friends made and to make our way back to the ferry, where we reminisced about the amazement of the day and already began making plans to attend next year’s event.
Bravo Veuve Clicquot! Job well done on creating this champagne heaven for all to enjoy. Until next year, cheers dolls!! Insider Tip: Rose’ Garden Ticket holders also fast pass the line on the return ferry which was soooooooo worth it!!!