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Picnic of champions

Timothy Barber
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AT bloomin’ last. It may have taken forever, but there’s finally warmth in the air and the weekend is expected to be lovely. The sunshine will have lots of us trotting off to the nearest park clutching blankets and picnic baskets, but we shouldn’t waste the occasion on the kind of basic fodder one can pick up on a 10-minute dash round the supermarket.

If we can only take our sunshine in brief snatches, it’s worth making the most of the best delicacies and picnic goodies available. Here are a few of the things we’ll be putting in our hamper this summer.

1 Black Olive Patéby Brindisa, £2.95, www.brindisa.com, 2 Pesticide-free Good Natured Strawberries, £1.99 from Sainsburys, www.goodnaturedfruit.co.uk 3 Yumi Sausage Roll selection, £4.50, www.foremanandfield.com 4 Laurent-Perrier Cuveé Rosé, £59.99, available most good retailers. www.laurent-perrier.fr 5 Lavender Jelly, £5.45, www.fortnumandmason.com 6 Cumbria air dried ham, £3.75, www.britishfinefoods.com 7 Duck and venison pie, £37, www.fortnumandmason.com 8 Lomo pork loin from Brindisa, www.brindisa.com 9 Cornish Yarg - £15.95, www.lynerdairies.co.uk 10 Wild Elderflower bubbly, £3.50 www.luscombe.co.uk 11 Chicken, duck and pistachio terrine, £9.95, www.foremanandfield.com 12 Lancashire Bomb cheese, £8.50, www.britishfinefoods.com 13 Wild boar salami with red wine, £8.25, www.britishfinefoods.com