June (hopefully) brings us warm weather and longer days. This calls for a picnic down at the park! National Picnic Week is 15th-24th June and I’m eager for the weather to cooperate with us for this week!
Luckily, picnics are on the rise in the U.K! With more people opting to put down their phones and step outside for the afternoon, I have a feeling our fields and parks are going to be packed this Summer!
Picnics have always been a favourite of mine. As a family if the weather was hot, we would take a nice stroll to the park; picnic basket and cricket set in hand! I have always been quite fussy with food, especially cold food, so it is difficult for me to decide what to eat in a scenario such as a picnic. I’m not a fan of cold meats or many sauces so it eliminates a lot of your ‘classic’ picnic foods such as potato salad, sandwiches, cocktail sausages and pork pies!
When picnics originated, they were a fashionable social event in which each guest attending would contribute one piece of food. Nowadays, picnics are still a fun social event but are more focused on just taking your own lunch out to enjoy the weather and environment!
- Funnily enough, fifty years ago it used to be the cheese sandwich that was the most popular picnic food of choice. Now it is a bag of crisps that has taken the reins. This doesn’t surprise me!
- Coincidentally, the most popular time on average for a Brit to have a picnic is during National Picnic Week! For the US it is 4th July, Easter Monday in Italy and Bastille Day in France.
- Even though 15th-24th June is National Picnic Week, Saturday 18th June is the actual National Picnic Day!
- The first account of picnicking came from Robin Hood. He would be seen with his Merry Men snacking on cheese, bread and beer under the trees.
- In 2000, France arranged a 600-mile-long picnic to celebrate the first Bastille Day. That’s a lot of bread and cheese!