Heston Blumenthal designs Jubilee picnic

Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is behind a special picnic to be held in honour of the Diamond Jubilee.

The picnic will be based on a series of British dishes and has been created by Blumenthal alongside the royal chef Mark Flanagan. Each dish will aim to provide a new twist to traditional British food such as Coronation Chicken and smoked salmon.

A total of 12,000 people will be able to enjoy the five-course picnic within the grounds of Buckingham Palace on June 4th.

"What has happened to food in this country in the last ten years is extraordinary and being able to showcase some of the best of British produce for the Diamond Jubilee here is an unbelievable opportunity," explained the celebrity chef.

He added that there were a number of practical issues that influenced the choice of menu and it had been vital to opt for cold dishes due to the sheer size of the crowd.

Other dishes included in the special hamper are a strawberry dessert, which has been made with fruit from the Queen's estate, as well as a Madeira cake and a chocolate pudding. Picnic-goers will also receive a Diamond Jubilee poncho just in case the weather is less than perfect.

Tickets to the event were won via an online ballot and following the picnic there will be a special concert with performances from a number of stars including Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney.

It is anticipated that many people are set to travel to the capital to enjoy special offers on London hotels over the forthcoming Jubilee weekend which starts on June 2nd and sees a number of high-profile events happening in honour of the Queen's 60 years on the British throne.

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