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Today, a picnic means an enjoyable outing at which a tasty meal is eaten, preferably in a serene setting.  Did you know that this relaxing and carefree act has its roots back in the medieval times in England?

In Europe during the 14th century, the earliest picnics were elaborate traditions of outdoor medieval hunting feasts enjoyed by the wealthy.  These feasts, held before the hunt began were of special importance and the foods that could be found at these feasts would be hams, a variety of baked meats, and pastries. The medieval hunting feasts and Renaissance era outdoor country banquets are said to be the foundation of the picnics we enjoy today.

  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a picnic originally means “a fashionable entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; now, a pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country…

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