A few facts about picnics…

by tjames June 17, 2021

It’s National Picnic Week this week! While the weather might not quite be holding up to what we’d expect at summertime, it’s still nice to eat al fresco – especially if you’re enjoying some delicious fish and seafood (like the contents of our new Easy Summer Seafood Box here! It’s 25% cheaper than buying the picnic-friendly products individually.)

So now, as you pack the check blanket, hamper and plates, we’ve put together some interesting picnic facts for you to share with friends over a sandwich this week. Have we missed any? Do you know some even more interesting picnic titbits..? Do share with us over on Instagram if you do!

1 It’s actually pronounced pique-nique

Did you know that the word originates from the French ‘pique-nique’. The French word piquer may have referred to a leisurely style of eating and ‘picking at one’s food’. It’s assumed that nique was just used as a rhyming word

2 Vive la picnic revolucion!

It was the French who arguably invented the picnics, with this al fresco form of eating becoming popular post-revolution, when royal parks were opened to the French public in 1789.

3 In the club

During the first half of the 19th century, there was a Picnic Society – how cool would it have been to have been a member of that!

4 We’re a greedy picnicking nation

Did you know that the average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year!

5 And finally…

Did you know that the average family spends £26 per picnic totaling £2,479,720,000!

What’s your favourite picnic item?

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