CLOSED Lets have a picnic – A giveaway

July 18, 2013 61 Comments

I have the most perfect for summer weather giveaway for you today. But first, I need some help.

Next month I’m heading away for a really girlie festival weekend with my friend Sam – we’re planning a few days of listening to music, attending masquerade balls, roller disco’s, spa visits, river swimming, some almost-glamping (you should see the list of things we’ve counted as camping essentials) and of course some tasty food.

To start the weekend in the style we are planning to become accustomed to, I will be taking along a posh picnic for the moment our tent is all pitched and all pretty. Maybe, just maybe, we might also have a cold glass of wine (it’ll be a plastic glass and from a frozen bag of course – lets not forget we’re at a festival) But I’ll be honest, that’s where the planning for our picnic stops at the moment. 

Now, the hamper in today’s giveaway would be perfect for our little jaunt if we were able to win it, but as one of you lucky lot will be enjoying it, I’m looking for some inspiration on what to include in the perfect posh picnic.

Hampergifts have kindly agreed to give away this Chiller Picnic Hamper for 2 worth £80 to one lucky reader. Not only do you get the super cute hamper but it’s also filled with some delicious treats including a truckle of mature cheddar with cranberries and a jar of pickle, strawberry & cream biscuits, parmesan oatcakes, yoghurt coated nuts and a jar of apples and apricots in violet syrup. There’s also a bottle of blackcurrant and apple juice and a chiller compartment to keep it cool in.

To be in with a chance of winning this hamper, all you need to do is leave a comment and let me know what your foodie picnic essentials are (I’ll happily take links to recipes too), and then use the Rafflecopter widget below to fill in your details (you can also bag yourself a couple more entries through it too.)

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  • Unknown July 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Oooooh! Picnic essentials: home-made lemonade (see my blog for recipe!), strawberries, olives, things with cocktail sticks in them (read: cheese/pineapple/sausages/etc etc), a bottle of cider, dolmades… Now I'm hungry.
    Basically, lots of good nibbles and no horrid sarnies. 🙂


    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      that home made lemonade sounds amazing. I made some a few years ago but drank it in about 30 seconds – I think it might be time to make some more. x

  • Unknown July 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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  • Unknown July 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Definitely a tapas style lunch! Roasted veg salad with balsamic and oil dressing, olives, italian meats, breadsticks and homemade hummus, exotic fruit skewers, and just maybe a little prosecco on the side. Yum!

    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      tapas style sounds perfect. Well, everything but the olives. 😉 x

  • Unknown July 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Sausage roles, strawberries and sandwiches.

    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      One of the ladies at my wi makes amazing sausage rolls – i might get the recipe (or ask if she'll make me some!) x

  • Anonymous July 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Jelly is a favourite here. @creamtones

    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Jelly – I ALWAYS forget about jelly and i love the stuff. x

  • Victoria July 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I love a nice bowl of strawberries and fresh lemonade! x

    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      mmmmmmmmmmmmm. with the jelly above i think. x

  • Hannah. July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    My picnic essentials are scones (cream and jam of course) and pink lemonade, so refreshing!


    • Emma July 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Lots of lemonade coming up – i think I need to make some. And yes to the scones! For sure.x

  • Leanne Cornelius July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Great giveaway! Your girly festival also sounds pretty epic!
    My picnic essentials are wine (goes without saying), a variety of cheeses and meats.

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Cheeses are my all time favourite things to eat so I’m going to make sure we have some – although we’ll have to eat it on the day or it might get a bit warm in the tent. Urg. The festival is shaping up pretty well so far!

  • duck in a dress July 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Picnic Essentials – good friends/family, sunshine and cake!

    My current favourite cake is Apricot and Ratafia Cake from BBC Good Food ( 🙂 x

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Ratafia – that’s a new one on me – will defo look that up a bit more.

  • NicsNotebook July 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Emmm I like a selection of cold things like mini sausage rolls, quiches, falafel balls etc with some dips. Forget the wine, get champagne- the ones from lidl or aldi are nice and pretty cheap!

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      We can’t take glass into the festival so we’re stuck with the bags of wine – unless they do a champers in a bag 😉

  • Unknown July 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Have to have cocktail sausages! It's a must!

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      A must – well, I shall make sure we have some!

  • My crazy Family story July 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

    sausage rolls and cheese and onion cobs!

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I like your classic style!

  • tamalyn July 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

    home made savoury eggs and tuna, cucumber mayo and onion sandwichs cut into triangles

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Yes yes yes. Triangles!

  • daisybeebee July 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Crusty bread, a mountain of cheese, fresh strawberries and raspberries and a fruit punch.

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I think you’ve just described my perfect picnic tea!

  • Anonymous July 19, 2013 at 12:44 am

    a green spot near a river with sunshine an ideal picnic space to enjoy homemade food

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      This festival is full of green spots and rivers so I think we’ll be in luck!

  • milkpetal July 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Scones with jam and cream. Yum!


    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Lots of scone action going on – now homemade or shop bought?

  • Helen Dickinson July 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I love crackers and cheese! x

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      They aren't strictly crackers, but I’ve become obsessed with ryvita thins – would that work?

  • suzanne cooke July 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Scotch eggs and pickled onions, yum

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      The boyf introduced me to scotch eggs about a week ago – not as bad as I though. And pickled onions. Of course!

  • Janey July 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Picnic essentials are good friends to enjoy it with! Foodwise, it's probably sausage rolls and some cakes for dessert 🙂

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Cakes – yes. More cake!

  • Mummy July 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Hello there!
    Thanks for your blog, it's really amazing for every women! I think so..:))

    My favourite picnic food – it's chicken roll. Like this –
    It's not just my favourite, all my family love this picnic food.
    One of reason, why roll's perfect for everyone, you can make with you favourite food inside.:))

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Ooooh, chicken and bacon. Great choices!

  • lozzle July 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    has to be scotch eggs

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I was just saying I tried my first one recently – surprisingly nice!

  • Judith Luscombe July 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    As a child my favourites were cucumber sandwiches and I confess I still love these.

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I do love cucumber! On a recent weekend away a friend told me about her version of cucumber sarnies – slices of cucumber with cheese between them. Genuis.

  • Lynsey Buchanan July 22, 2013 at 12:50 am

    ham sandwiches & fresh strawberries

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      mmmmmmm. yes!

  • Unknown July 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    pork pies with salad cream , scotch eggs , beef and tomato sandwiches and a flask of hot coffee or tea.

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Salad cream is a must – i once lived with a friend who HATED salad cream so much that it was banned from our house……

  • Rhianne July 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hmm, what isn't perfect picnic food? Cheese and biscuits, olives, salad, scotch eggs and potato salad are all good though 🙂

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I love potato salad, soooooo much.

  • Unknown July 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Has to be some kind of picnic pie! With strawberries for afters 🙂 All washed down with some Prosecco obviously!

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      picnic pie? pardon? I need more info please.

  • Melanie C July 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese and crackers, scones and lots of cold fruit juice 🙂 x

    • Emma July 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      We are certainly will have fruit juice – LOTS of it!

  • Zoe W July 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My picnic essentials would be a nice mozarella and tomato salad, some cheese and biscuits, fruit and a nice cold glass of elderflower spritzer… Perfect

    • Emma July 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Elderflower is one of my favourite flavours – especially in a gin!

  • Fran July 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    My foodie essential for a picnic has to be boiled eggs! My Dad always used to do picnics when I was a kid and there was always a boiled egg. The fun part was unpeeling it – so satisfying!

    • Emma July 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I'm just learning to like boiled eggs – I've never had one I've had to peel.

  • Di July 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Always an ice cold bottle of fizz, small bottle of gin and some bitter lemon. On a savoury note… any salads from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook especially the roasted cauliflower salad or the spicey cucumber one. Alsway sauasge roll and prawn filled vol au vants keeping it retro.

    A scotch egg is always a good savoury nibble especially my quails egg ones. And last but no means leased some freshly pressed tounge,pate, cheese and home made bread, heaven.

    No room for sweet I'm afraid. mm now I fancy a jolly to the Peaks 🙂

    • Emma July 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      wow. that's a picnic! But no room for puds? There's always room for pud!

  • Hayley July 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    egg sandwiches and cake, lots of cake x

    • Emma July 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      cake cake and more cake!

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