As I write this post on July 30th, I am celebrating Food Day Canada with a picnic featuring local Prince Edward Island food products. Food Day Canada is a day set aside to celebrate all the wonderful foods that we, as Canadians, enjoy.
For today’s picnic location, I have chosen the iconic Fort Amherst site, just across the harbour from Charlottetown. The building in the background of the photo above is known as the Blockhouse Point Lighthouse. The beacon for sailors was established in 1851 and is the second oldest lighthouse on the Island. Automated in 1962, no one lives in the lighthouse anymore but it was built with a two-story dwelling attached for the lighthouse keeper and his family.
We like to travel the Island in the summer and often pack a picnic lunch.
I like to sometimes pack individual picnic boxes or baskets, as I have done today. Each basket is like a personalized gift and it’s great fun to see picnic guests unpacking their baskets and discovering what surprises await them. It’s also a great way to customize the baskets to accommodate those with special dietary needs and food preferences since their lunch basket can be prepared especially for them. Nothing makes a guest feel more special than when the host/hostess plans and prepares for their special food needs!
The only downside to this style of picnic is that the baskets are obviously not insulated so, for travel purposes, I recommend they be transported inside a large insulated cooler with ice packs.
I have named this picnic the Locovore’s Picnic since I have selected Island products for the basket contents. Here’s the menu:
Sandwich – Larkin’s smoked chicken breast with Schurman Family Farm organic tomatoes and lettuce from the garden all on bread from Mary’s Bake Shoppe
Tossed green salad with lettuce freshly picked from our garden and peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes from Schurman Family Farm
Homemade Rhubarb Cordial
Anne of Green Gables Island-made chocolate
Here’s a closer peek into the lunch baskets, each of which is lined with a white cloth napkin. I had just poured the lemon-lime soda into the rhubarb cordial (recipe here) before this photo was taken so it is still quite fizzy!
And, here’s a closer look….
I love packing the salads in these little glass jars. I have separate small containers for the vinaigrette which, of course, should only be added to the salad at the time of serving.
Choosing a good quality bread will help the sandwich to hold together, especially if adding a number of ingredients as I have done here. Mary’s Bake Shoppe in Kensington, just outside Summerside, makes great bread and a number of different kinds. The one in the photograph below is oatbran bread, one of my all-time favorites.
I wrapped each sandwich in parchment paper secured with twine. This helps to keep it intact.
I have used a turquoise color theme for today’s picnic – it has a real summery feel to it!
The flowers were picked from our own garden. It’s the little touches that make the event more special!
Time to stop photographing and eat lunch!
Curious to know what’s in that tiny white box with the pretty turquoise ribbon?
These chocolates are hand-made right here on Prince Edward Island and they are quite divine!
So, there you have it! This is how I spent Food Day Canada 2016!
Great food with a lovely view! A perfect PEI summer day!
Thanks for coming along on my picnic this afternoon!