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Picnics and barbecues in the summer COVID times.

Special report for The 1019 Report newspaper

Project article and photographs

by  Madeleine M Langlois,  MaddyLane Designs

Picnics and barbecues in the summer COVID times.

By Madeleine Langlois

Summer gatherings in the time of COVID. During this warm-weather vacation period, where all get-togethers are recommended to be outdoors, there is no better time for a barbecue or a picnic. Consideration, however, has to be given to how the food will be served.

The first rule for food presentations is ensuring that people are not serving themselves from the same bowls. We’re talking about snacks, like nuts, chips, breadsticks. In summer 2020, make sure these types of food are set out in individual servings, such as cups.

You can also serve a variety of different types of brochettes, such as lamb brochettes with the tzatziki sauce or side sauces in small containers. Pizza slices can be wrapped individually.

Other suggestions include watermelon swearers, a refreshing idea, and people can pick them up with their own napkins, mini crabs cakes that are baked in paper muffin cups; or individual shrimp cocktails each wrapped as single presentations.

Another consideration is dishes and cutlery. You can either simply use disposable dishes and utensils. Or, ask everyone to bring their own. Guests can place them in bags or in large Tupperware containers to bring home to wash. If you are heading out to a beach or a park, it’s best to avoid any glass items all together.

The most important thing for gatherings during these times is to be mindful and to take care of each other. And leave your picnic area as clean as you found it. Happy Picnics!


  • Meatballs and various finger foods can be served with tooth picks for people to pick them up easily without touching the other food items.

  • During COVID times its bring your own everything, and your food, napkins, plates, cutlery, cups, hand sanitizers, cleaning products... you get the picture.

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