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National Picnic Week : 16th – 22nd June. Recipe Round Up

I always look forward to the summer months when it is perfect weather (if your lucky) to take a basket of food with a good bunch of friends and sit outside. You can enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, wildlife and also all of those treat finger foods that you might not normally eat. This week is National Picnic Week run by ‘Pom-bear’ so look out for tips, recipes and suggestions for your perfect picnic. They are also running a twitter competition with a signed copy of “love your lunchbox” up for grabs. All you need to do is tweet using the hashtag #picnicweek

There are a wide variation of the type of picnic you might attend, such as a kid friendly picnics involving games and usually situated near a play park, or how about a student style picnic with plenty of cider and some thrown together sandwiches? My favourite is the posh day out picnic where the basket is full of delicious little jars of pickles, olive breads and a bottle of fizz.

All of them are great fun and usually include the wasp avoidance hand wave dances, spilled drinks, cloud watching, laughter, messy faces and the last minute dash to clear everything up under an umbrella before the typical English weather descends.

Perfect Picnic food can be eaten cold or room temperature and eaten with your hands or easily with a plastic fork. It shouldn’t need any (or minimum) preparation once you have left the house, it can be transported easily in a basket or bag and once eaten its packaging should ideally be easily disposed of or light to carry back home.

Here are my top picks from Veghotpot for perfect picnic food:

Courgette and Tomato Pasta Salad

Courgette and Tomato Pasta Salad (Vegan)

Pesto Pinwheel Rolls

Pesto Pinwheel Rolls

Seasonal Pumpkin and Leek Pasties

Seasonal Pumpkin and Leek Pasties (Vegan)

Summer Greens Tortilla

Summer Greens Tortilla

Lentil and Pumpkin Sausage Rolls

Lentil and Pumpkin Sausage Rolls (Vegan)

Creamy Vegan Potato Salad with avocado

Creamy Vegan Potato Salad with avocado (Vegan)

Sundried Tomato and Canellini Bean Dip and Crudites

Sundried Tomato and Canellini Bean Dip and Crudites (Vegan)

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes

4 Ingredient Banana and Oat Cookies

4 Ingredient Banana and Oat Cookies (Vegan)

Pomegranate Lemonade (Vegan)

Pomegranate Lemonade (Vegan)

What are your favourite picnic foods? Do you have a favourite picnic spot you always return too?

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