Since 1877, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have been looked on as THE tennis tournament of the year, and a Wimbledon crown outstrips any other in terms of tennis prestige. Wimbledon is an integral part of the British summer, and tickets to attend the championships are highly sought after commodities. Its’s a fantastic experience and we have been lucky enough to attend the Women’s Semi-Finals the last two years. You can read my post from 2009 by clicking here, and my 2010 post by clicking here. We are also attending this year.
However, Wimbledon is more than just a tennis tournament, this iconic event is referred to virtually as a time of year here. I don’t know anyone in the United Kingdom who doesn’t follow Wimbledon – even if they really don’t care about tennis for the rest of the year. For two weeks it influences our culture, our conversation, and our cuisine.
Like other parts of the iconic London season – The Trooping of the Colour, Cowes Week, Royal Ascot, The Henley Festival, The Cartier International (polo) and The Lords (cricket) Test Match, among others – Wimbledon also has its own traditions. Many foods have also come to be associated with Wimbledon – especially strawberries and cream, afternoon tea, champagne and Pimms, a classic British summer spirit which is served mixed with fruit and lemonade. (This is not the kind of lemonade you would enjoy in North America, here ‘lemonade’ refers to a fizzy lemon flavoured pop similar to Sprite or 7-Up. )
If you fancy joining in on a little traditional Wimbledon refreshment and perhaps a snack while you are enjoying the tennis (or some nice summer weather), here are two of my versions of the treats we enjoy here in England, especially at this time of year.
Delicious Yogurt Cake – perfect with a nice cup of tea
And of course you cannot go wrong with Strawberries and cream!
Feeling inspired? BBC Good Food Magazine has published an entire section on their website devoted to Wimbledon recipes which you can see by clicking here.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to catch up on the tennis!