Picnic

A picnic is a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in winter. Descriptions of picnics show that the idea of a meal that was jointly contributed and was enjoyed out-of-doors were essential to a picnic.

Picnics are often family and student oriented but can also be an intimate occasion between two people or a large get-together such as student picnics and church picnics. It is also sometimes combined with a cookout, usually a form of barbecue; either On romantic and family picnics, a picnic basket and a blanket (to sit or recline on) are usually brought along. Outdoor

Some picnics are a potluck, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table for all to share. When the picnic is not also a cookout, the food eaten is rarely hot, instead taking the form of deli sandwiches, finger food, fresh fruit, salad, cold meats and accompanied by chilled wine or champagne or soft drinks.