Everybody come on out for a relaxing day of nibbling and sipping in fresh air and natural lighting. Observed annually on June 18, today is International Picnic Day!
Picnics were once formal affairs where attendees donned their finest frocks and consumed feasts of elegant edibles. Today, they are more casual and we can enjoy dining in comfort.
To celebrate, you must first choose your dining companions. Picnics can be intimate dates, family reunions or social gatherings with friends. Your second decision is all about location. In the park or on the beach, choices are endless. It’s not unusual to have a picnic on the back of a pickup truck in the parking lot of a sports arena.
The ‘who’ and ‘where’ of picnic planning will set the tone for your portable menu. You generally want to choose foods that require no cooking at the designated site. Be sure your selections can be packed easily but secure enough to endure getting knocked around a bit during transport.
Sandwiches are traditional picnic fare, and a carefully chosen selection of cold cuts and cheeses guarantees hearty, impressive variations. Salads are also good choices, from three-bean sides to main-dish pasta.
Other foods enjoyed slightly chilled or at ambient temperatures include fried chicken, grilled salmon, and deviled eggs. For dessert, offer fresh fruits and small baked goods such as cookies or muffins.
When packing for your International Picnic Day celebration, don’t forget the hardware – a corkscrew for that bottle of wine, bottle opener for the brews and cutlery for breads and cheeses.
After spreading out the blanket and taking those first mouthfuls of goodness, you can relax with your companions in the great outdoors. Just ignore the six-legged uninvited guests that never fail to crash a picnic.