I don’t know why as it’s not often i’ve actually had a picnic but i’ve fancied getting my hands on a picnic hamper for some time as there is something quite nostalgic and retro about them. I’m much more of a bbq person than a picnic person but I am a lover of buff-et (how i call it) food it must of been growing up in a pub and getting to raid the buffet when my nan was making it for parties and weddings over the years and i’ve just got a soft spot for a carb fest on a cardboard plate.
I couldn’t get over the price on them for something that doesn’t actually cook your food or cool it down so i’ve tried my hand at a few competitions over the past year or two to win one but had no luck. The girls i work with (i say girls but they are 50 somethings) religiously bring the Aldi and Lidl weekly specials booklet in for me to have a gander and I have to say i’ve been quite pleasantly surprised by the stuff they are churning out there recently not only food but kitchen and garden wear too. I couldn’t be without my Tepanyaki grill i bought back last year and they do the best steaks i’ve ever cooked.
They brought last weeks Aldi booklet in with the first batch of summer stuff and garden equipment / accessories and I stumbled on the wicker picnic hamper and i knew at first sight i was getting one! Not quite sure why as it was a 4 person hamper and I am currently single but it will keep for a year or two hopefully but i do like to take my 13 year old sister out for road trips to the beach, random mountain and camping so thought it would be ideal for that too along with my Son of Hibachi BBQ to sear some meat on to go with the carb fest. I always forget crockery and plates too so the wicker picnic hamper with it’s 4 knives, forks, plates, glasses and corkscrew will come in handy.
Most others i’ve seen are between £30-75 for just 2 people but this is the cheapest 4 person wicker picnic hamper i’ve come across online and was good to be able to see it in person before ordering online as I had an Aldi just up the road from work and comes in a choice of red and white check or a more nautical blue and white with a lighter coloured wicker too for just £30.
I also found they are doing extra large picnic blanket measuring 2m x 2m in Lidl this week too for just £9, which I also picked up on the way past back into work which comes in blue, green and white or the one i went for which is more of a burnt orange and white. I thought this would make an ideal accompaniment to the wicker picnic hamper for random outings to Ogmore beach or to take to the many food festivals or cider festivals coming up around South Wales this summer.