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Picnic Food Ideas

In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape. Formerly, picnic meant a potluck, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table for all to share. The first usage of the word was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The word picnic is based on the verb ‘piquer’ which means 'pick' or 'peck' with the rhyming ‘nique’ meaning "thing of little importance".
History of Picnics
Picnics are said to have been popularized at the end of the French Revolution in 1789 when the royal gardens were opened to the general population for the first time. ‘picnicking’ in these lavish surroundings quickly came to be a much favored past time.

In the early 19th century, certain eminent and fashionable Londoners formed a society they termed ‘Picnic Society.’ Members met regularly at the Pantheon on Oxford street and each member as expected to provide entertainment and bring along their share of therefreshments. There was no particular host. Members chose to carry finger food, fruits, angel cakes, casseroles, egg rolls and sandwiches, thereby popularizing what came to be known as Picnic Food. The society lost its glory when the members of the original set up passed away. In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic took place from coast to coast in France to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new Millennium. In the United States, likewise, the 4th of July celebration of American independence is a popular day for a picnic. In Italy the favorite picnic day is 'Angel's Monday', also known as Pasquetta ('little easter'), the day after Easter.

Popular Picnic Food
The most important thing to remember is to always keep it simple. Quick and Easy to prepare Picnic Food Recipes are rather popular. Your Picnic will most likely be planned as a Brunch (Brunch link), so food must be packed accordingly. And lastly, the food choice would also depend on whether it’s a Romantic Picnic or a family picnic.
  • Cooked Meats-: Cooked meat products like pies, fillets and nuggets are popular Picnic Snacks . You can buy a whole ready-to-eat roast chicken or handy-sized fillets or drumsticks. Small trays of marinated cooked chicken goujons will spice up a sandwich.

  • Breads and Salads-: Fresh Salads are easily available in supermarkets in easy to carry bags and so are breads. Try different kinds of bread like herb breads, spiced bread and pair it up with cheese for extra measure and do carry a bottle of wine to drink .

  • Chilled Treats-: As well as ready-made sandwiches, wraps and rolls, go for dips such as hummus or tzatziki and flavoured yogurts. Chilled soups are easier to deal with than trying to keep things hot in thermos flasks - try gazpacho. Or choose from the wide range of Frozen Drink , Party Drinks , Mixed Drinks , Health Drinks , Energy Drinks , and Tropical Drinks .