Wimbledon and Strawberries
10th July 2019
10th July 2019
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is regarded by many as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877.
Now in the final week of this year’s tournament, we look forward to the Men’s and Women’s finals taking place this weekend. We also look forward to commemorating the occasion with the fruit most associated with this summer spectacular…. Kent Strawberries!
Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (3,000 staff) carried out in Europe. Average quantities of food and drink served at The Championships include 21,917 bottles of Champagne, 76,603 ice creams, 303,277 glasses of Pimms and 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream!
Since 2010, the price for a portion of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon has remained at £2.50. The strawberries served at the tournament are always Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality from LEAF- registered farms in Kent. LEAF is a charity promoting Integrated Farm Management balancing organic with chemical practices.
To ensure the utmost freshness, strawberries are picked at 4am, collected from the packing plant at 9am and are delivered to the All England Club for inspection and hulling. They are then served to guests and enjoyed on the same day.
Not lucky enough to be attending the Wimbledon final this weekend? How about celebrating with a homemade no-bake strawberry cheesecake? This sweet treat is easy to make and is sure to score you an ace with the whole family!
For the biscuit base:
200g Gingernut or Digestive Biscuits
75g Butter, melted
2 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
For the cheesecake:
280g Cream Cheese
100g Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Lemon (juice only)
300ml Double Cream
For the Top:
4 Tsps Icing Sugar
Other berries/decorations of your choice
Serve and enjoy!