Lord’s Cricket Ground has added a food and drink fair with Michelin Star chef Tommy Banks to its calendar during what will be its first summer hosting non-sport related events.
The Home of Food by Tommy Banks will run across the weekend of September 9-10 at the London venue. It will feature some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, a range of food trucks and a unique opportunity to explore ‘the home of cricket’.
The announcement comes soon after Lord’s unveiled plans to host an outdoor cinema venture in July as it seeks to open up the venue to more people.
Andy Muggleton, commercial director at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), said: “Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the most loved sports venues by fans across the world. We wanted to open up the ground and be able to welcome more people to enjoy the magic it has to offer.
“At MCC, history and heritage are prevalent but we’re also looking to the future and this new venture is a very exciting part of that. Lord’s is famous for its world-class food enjoyed by cricketers and visitors alike and this new partnership and two-day event will bring that experience to the masses.”
Yorkshire-based chef Tommy Banks runs Michelin-starred restaurants The Black Swan and Roots as well as The Edrich, located at Lord’s.
Visitors will be able to experience the culinary talents of Irish chef Richard Corrigan, Gareth Ward, Lisa Goodwin Allen and Opheem’s Aktar Islam. The Home of Food will also see chefs Nokx Majozi and Liam Fauchard-Newman of Rosewood London’s Holborn Dining Room bring their celebrated pies to Lord’s for the weekend.
The Home of Food will play host to family-focused events including cricket taster sessions and cooking lessons for children, behind the scenes tours of the ground from expert guides and more.
Banks said: “The launch of The Home of Food gives me the chance to bring some of my favourite peers from the hospitality industry to Lord’s, to showcase their amazing food and drink. In the same way that cricket crosses borders, food is a theme celebrated so widely across the world, and we’ve got some fantastic chefs coming for the weekend to showcase their culinary talent.”