International Picnic Day!

The word “picnic” we use today is most probably a derivation of the French word “pique-nique” – an informal outdoor meal. It became popular in France after the French Revolution when people were allowed into the country’s royal parks. And has become widespread all over the world since. Mentioned in Jane Austen novels, picnics became elaborate events in England in the late 19th century.

In more recent times, picnics have been used as a gathering of people in political protest – the Pan-European Picnic of 1989 at the border of Austria and Hungary and during the protests against communism that year that, ultimately, led to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

In 2009, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the largest picnic in the world with more than 20,000 people in Lisbon, Portugal.

Luckily, it falls on a Saturday today. So why not celebrate International Picnic Day by taking a bike ride or walk to a nearby beauty spot. Here are some recipes.

beauty spot, – or just take sandwiches and cold hard-boiled eggs into the garden and enjoy an al fresco lunch. However, if you’re at work, just take your normal lunch hour to head out to a patch of grass or park nearby. Fingers crossed the weather is good for you!

There are lots of ideas for picnics. Some basics for a picnic basket include:

  • Sandwiches – the perfect picnic food! 
  • Fruit – most fruits come with their own natural packaging. Apples, oranges, bananas, or melon
  • Side Dishes – ready made salad or vegetables. Hard boil eggs
  • Condiments – mustard, mayonnaise

Don’t forget, it’s also International Sushi Day. You can combine the two – take sushi on your picnic.

However, if you’re feeling more adventurous (and Sushi isn’t your thing), Jamie Oliver has some great ideas for you!