There's something about a Union Jack-bedecked street party that brings out the best of British so hopefully, even if the rain lingers, The Patron's Lunch will be a lot of fun next weekend to celebrate Her Maj's 90th birthday in style. If you fancy going along to soak up the atmosphere on the big screens in the nearby parks, or just joining in the fun in front of your telly at home, here's a quick round-up of some picnic fayre that is fit for a queen !
You can't have a street party or a picnic without sandwiches and for a limited time, Stork have given their margarine tubs a royal makeover to celebrate the special event. Perfect for preparing cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off !
Not to be outdone, Birds Eye have also come up with special commemorative limited edition packaging for their fish fingers. Their Cod Save The Queen packs feature Union Jack bunting and Captain Birdseye wishing “Happy 90th Birthday Ma’am” ! Available from 6th June at Sainsbury’s Tesco, Asda and Morrisons with a RRP of £2.49
Heinz have also recently launched a brand new picnic-friendly product - Heinz (Seriously) Good Mayonnaise - which contains no added colours, flavours or artificial thickeners. It has a beautifully thick and creamy texture and consumers are being encouraged to ‘upgrade their mayonnaise’. In fact, Heinz are so confident that customers will love the taste of their new [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise that they are offering a money back guarantee to any customers who don’t. Consumers can choose from two varieties, Standard or Light, available in both the Heinz glass jar, with wider mouth and curved edges allowing you to extract more product, creating less waste, and the familiar top down squeezy bottle. Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise will be stocked at most major supermarkets with RRPs between £1.69 - £3.99.
Tyrell's, the premium English crisp company, has rolled out a Coronation Chicken flavoured summer seasonal in honour of Her Majesty’s magnificent milestone. Coronation Chicken is an iconic British flavour, based on the delicious pairing of roast chicken and mild curry, which was originally created especially for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. Tyrrells is bringing it back for a limited time only, using real chicken and curry flavours for a fruity, fresh and fragrant combination. The perfect addition to street party spreads and picnics, especially around the Queen’s 90th birthday, Coronation Chicken crisps will be available from April through to October. Hand-cooked in small batches, using locally-grown Herefordshire potatoes, Coronation Chicken is available from Waitrose and Ocado with an RRP of £2.00 for 150g sharing bag and £0.75 for 40g on the go pack.
Finally, Walkers have also released a new line, Bugles, which come in three flavours : Cheese, Southern Style BBQ and Sour Cream and Black Pepper. The crunchy cone shaped snacks are new to the UK but have been popular for years throughout Europe and North America so I already knew how scrummy they are. Walkers say that the fun cone shape makes them perfect for families getting a bit silly with them, making them in to claws, fangs, horns or using them as building blocks. I would say they're also ideal for a pretend royal salute bugle call to kick off the royal birthday celebrations ! Walkers Bugles will be on sale nationwide in all major supermarkets from May 2016. Available in 110g sharing bags with an RRP of £1.99, multipacks of six 20g bags at RRP £1.50 and single 30g bags at RRP £0.57.
If you want some recipes to try out for your picnics and street parties, how about Fruity Union Jack Cake, Carrot & Goat's Cheese Muffins, British Ploughman's Pies, Onion Tartlets with Reblochon Cheese or Hairy Bikers' Meat & Cabbage Buns ?
Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.