International Picnic Day is June 18 • Let’s Celebrate!

International Picnic Day celebrates gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another’s company, which has traditionally been called Picnic. The true origin of International Picnic Day is unknown, but can be traced back to the end of the French Revolution and the Victorian Era. Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality.

As an informal food holiday, there are few rules and lots of options.  International Picnic Day is observed on June 18th each year.

Fun Facts: The use of the phrase “no picnic” is used to describe something unenjoyable.

Picnic was most likely invented by the French.  Shortly after the French Revolution ended, the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time. It was the new common pastime for the French to visit the gardens and take along a meal.

“You can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.” – Andre 3000 (song ‘Ms. Jackson’)

“A few sandwiches short of a picnic.” – is a phrase used to describe someone who is not mentally together.

With the arrival of the first day of summer on June 20th, and Father’s Day a couple days before, you’re eager to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and what better way to celebrate this special weekend of red-banner events than on a picnic with friends and family. And what fun to know that people worldwide are also picnicking. (And all dads love a picnic, especially when someone else makes the goodies!!!!)

Although the rattan picnic basket may be a thing of the past, fabulous food isn’t. Depending upon your location, environment and culture, your favorite outdoor fare may vary from lobster rolls to sushi or the standard burgers, fried chicken or hotdogs. A picnic is about food and delights.

But it can be ‘healthier.’ After eating, you can bike, hike, stroll or bring out the Frisbee, kites, or softballs to burn off extra calories. That’s why it’s held on a Saturday.

Arrange a picnic with friends in the nearby park. Prepare foods beforehand and enjoy eating in the nature.

Take a Frisbee or a ball and play sport games after eating.

Bring a music player with you and listen to favorite music while enjoying the food and conversation.

Search in the internet for new food recipes and prepare new easy dishes for your picnic. Make a contest for the best recipe.

Barbecue is not only a Southern choice for any day. This recipe is trouble-free, easy on the pocketbook, and perfect for the official arrival of summer.

Five ingredients and five minutes of preparation. That’s it. Let your slow-cooker do the work. (And heck, even a kid could follow this recipe to make some yummies, it’s so easy. Someone may need to help hauling out the crockpot though!)

Five-Ingredient Barbecue Pork

3 pounds of boneless pork loin

1 med. yellow onion, thinly sliced

3/4 cup root beer or cola

3/4 cup bottled barbecue sauce

(Sweet Baby Ray’s used in recipe)

8 sandwich/burger buns (or ciabatta rolls or slider potato rolls)

Combine first four ingredients in a slow-cooker. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Drain and slice, or shred pork with two forks.

Serve on buns with additional barbecue sauce (and crunchy slaw).

Even easier for the chef: Cook for 6-8 hours overnight on low for super tender meat. Drain liquid. Add more BBQ sauce after you shred meat. And, yes, you can use pork tenderloin on high temperature; cut into 2-3 hunks before cooking for shorter shred, or dice meat. Leave BBQ in the crock pot for travel to picnic site.

Don’t forget, the art of picnicking involves relaxing, fun and camaraderie of kindred souls. Make it a technology-free picnic, and enjoy the art of frisbee golf (make up a course), 52 card pickup, kickball games or even a hide and seek scream game. Unlatching from your “smartphone” is a smart way to engage with family and friends on International Picnic Day.

It’s ok to share pics on social media…..when you return!

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