Waitrose has announced that it has collaborated with Heston Blumenthal and royal chef Mark Flanagan to provide the picnic for those attending the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
On Monday 4 June, 10,000 members of the public, selected via public ballot, will attend a Jubilee Picnic in the gardens of Buckingham Palace before watching the Jubilee concert. Each guest will enjoy a Jubilee Picnic, donated by Waitrose.
Waitrose, together with Blumenthal and Flanagan, has chosen to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee by selecting the very best British products and looked to some of the most iconic dishes from the last 60 years of The Queen’s reign for inspiration.
They have created a modern take on the iconic Coronation Chicken, called Diamond Jubilee Chicken. Tender British Chicken breast is bound with a creamy mayonnaise which has been infused with aromatic Indian spices and fragrant coriander. Juicy sultanas add sweetness and the dish is garnished with peppery nigella seeds.
The potted tea-smoked salmon, includes fragrant Lapsang Souchong tea-smoked salmon – from a recipe created by Blumenthal – with flaked poached Scottish salmon, crème fraiche, lemon and fresh chives
The Sandringham Strawberry Crumble Crunch includes a strawberry compote made from organic British strawberries grown on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The richly scented Florence strawberries were harvested and frozen last year in preparation for the Jubilee Picnic.
Waitrose has also created picnics suitable for vegetarians and for those avoiding gluten and dairy. Guests will also enjoy Moët & Chandon Champagne, Cobra beer and Hildon water on the day.
The Duchy Originals from Waitrose products in the picnic are available to buy from Waitrose but the other dishes have been created especially for the occasion and will not be available to buy.
On 23 May, Waitrose will issue a recipe for one of the picnic dishes so shoppers can enjoy replicating the dish at home and share in the celebrations.