Packing a picnic fit for a king

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PICNICKERS are being urged to think about animal welfare when shopping for snacks.

A survey by animal charity the RSPCA shows almost half of shoppers in the North East who buy meat for picnics think animal welfare is important when buying picnic food.

The region is happy to roll its sleeves up for the basics, with nine out of 10 people likely to make their own sandwiches, but only three per cent having a go at making their own pork pies.

The RSPCA has teamed up with Richard Johnson, TV presenter and food writer, to encourage more people to make their own higher welfare party and picnic goodies.

He said: “Everything tastes better eaten outdoors. Everything. But there’s no need to go overboard.

“Some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten were picnics. As a child I remember bread and cheese on the edge of a cornfield in Devon.

“Picnics should be lengthy, sociable affairs, and that bread and cheese seemed to last forever.

“Even separate courses and elaborate dishes are considered a bit Hyacinth Bucket these days. Just keep it simple – and animal friendly.”