For anyone who has missed it, this May has not one but three bank holidays, which means three excuses for the public to let their hair down, enjoy partying with friends and family, and kick their normal eating habits to the curb.
They also present a great opportunity for food outlets to update their menu to spoil those who don’t want to be cooking on their days off. Here are some ways you can make the most of the upcoming public holidays.
The middle bank holiday (May 6th to 8th) has been set to celebrate the King’s Coronation. So, this could be the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon and offer some treats in honour of the historic event.
For instance, anything coloured red, white and blue, shaped in a crown or decorated as a union jack would go down well. You could also serve foods people are likely to buy over the royal weekend, including the newly announced coronation quiche.
This has been created for the Coronation Big Lunch, and is said to be King Charles III’s equivalent of coronation chicken, which was created for Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned.
It wouldn’t be difficult to whip up dozens of quiches, and they are bound to be a hit among customers attending tea parties during the Coronation weekend.
May bank holidays tend to be when everyone dusts off their BBQ and has friends and family round for the first chargrilled burger or sausage of the year. After all that slaving away over hot coals, most people don’t fancy making their own dessert, which is why many buy fancy puddings for the occasion.
Guests, in particular, might say they’ll bring cheesecake, ice-cream, gateaux or cakes to say thanks to the host. So make sure you get baking and have plenty of puddings, ice-cream tubs and waffle boxes available for the bank holidays.
Another thing people love to do on bank holidays is hit the pub on a Sunday, knowing they don’t have to wake up early for work the next day. After spending all afternoon (hopefully in the sunshine), most people don’t fancy cooking a big meal when they head home.
Instead, what they really want to do is order a pizza, especially if they’ve taken the party home and are being joined by their mates. So stock up on pizza boxes, dough and toppings, as you might find yourselves very busy over the coming weekends.
Of course, most events that are held to celebrate the extra days off involve drinking. In this case, it is important for pubs and bars to stock up on pint and half-pint glasses. This way, all your customers can enjoy a refreshing drink in the sun, and staff don’t have to get rushed off their feet collecting glasses to wash up to make sure there’s always enough available for patrons.