This year, Fortnum & Mason will be providing hampers for the very first time at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Visitors will be able to enjoy their Fortnum’s picnics this September in the stunning grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 19 – 22 Sept. (Read more about the history of picnics here.)

Iconic wicker hampers

A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum & Mason is renowned for its extraordinary food, famous teas, and iconic wicker hampers. Crafted with the very best seasonal ingredients and wines from Fortnum’s famous Food Halls, and packed with summer-ready tipples, all picnics are perfectly prepared for two and will be available to pre-order for our guests to collect from the Fortnum’s Giant Hamper, in the grounds of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Guests can enjoy four different picnic options: The Fortnum’s Picnic, The Fortnum’s Garden Picnic, The Fortnum’s Feast and The Fortnum’s Garden Feast. The Fortnum’s Picnic features grilled chicken escalope with lemon caper sauce, rocket & shaved parmesan, celeriac remoulade and pink fir potato salad whilst the Fortnum’s Feast includes rare roast beef with tarragon dressing & peashoots alongside chilli & dill prawns with compressed cucumber & herby dressing.

Vegetarian options

Those opting for the vegetarian options can enjoy Cajun spiced cauliflower tacos & pomegranate with cashew nut dip in The Fortnum’s Garden Picnic, or indulge in the Fortnum’s Garden Feast which boasts balsamic onion, leek & stilton tart with Cornish leaves and Piccadilly dressing, finished off with chocolate mousse with blueberry compote, fresh raspberries & cocoa nibs. These delicious picnics can be washed down with Fortnum’s Pays D’Oc Blanc or Fortnum’s Perricone, though guests can also opt for Fortnum & Mason’s champagne for an extra treat.

Harri Le Seelleur French, Senior Events Partnerships Manager at Fortnum & Mason comments: “Offering our picnic hampers at the Horse Trials is an exciting opportunity for us. Our penchant for picnics began in the 18th century when the then-fledgling company began to supply hunters and travellers with baskets of provisions for their journeys. Fortnum’s encourages joyful living, and what could be more joyous than soaking up the action at Blenheim, feasting on a picnic prepared by Fortnum & Mason.”

Event Organiser Katrina Midgley adds: “We are delighted that our visitors will get to relish these luxury hampers whilst enjoying everything going on at the horse trials. The wonderful fresh ingredients that make up the hamper menus sound fantastic and offer an indulgent experience to those who purchase them.”

Hampers can be pre-ordered through the box office here.