Picnic’s a plenty! It seems 2020 among many things, was the year of the ‘Picnic’.
Maybe it was something to do with COVID and social distancing, being outdoors rather than meeting indoors, who knows? But it seems picnics became the dinner party of choice; in fact, you could say “Picnics are the restaurants of COVID”.
Having said that the real picnic trend wasn’t one where you met in a park with friends it was more one where you grabbed a blanket or bedsheet found a patch of grass or a nice beach spot (bonus points for croissants, brie, berries and prosecco!), maybe some wild flowers, basically just a cool rustic vibe, and started snapping.
It quickly became Instagram’s latest trend, the phrase ‘picnic bitch’ was coined and social media was a-wash with breezy floral dresses, pretty Provençal tablecloths and influencers ‘picnicking’ in style.
Where did it all start
The French get all the credit. Sure, pique-nique is a French word with a history dating back to the 17th century, when the French would gather for a shared meal. And then later in the early 1900s, people from Paris to Provence took those meals into a bucolic outdoor setting.
French impressionists often depicted the picnic tradition on canvas – most famously, Édouard Manet with his iconic “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe.”
And the French are known for picnicking with style – packing baskets brimming with assorted cheeses, charcuteries, pâtés, fruits, and chocolates, and of course the requisite baguette, wooden-handled Opinel knife, and pretty Provençal tablecloth.
Picnic in Style
DO CAFÉ: COFFEE TRUCK not only is a urban grind coffee truck and now coffee shop it also offers you the chance to picnic in style ‘on the beach’.
Fresh coffee in the most natural atmosphere in Ban Amphur looking over clear blue waters.
The owner Khun Ofu and his wife Khun Da are always lovely, with a cute smile to welcome customers, and write a welcoming message or quote on your glass or cup.