Wimbledon: It’s all about strawberries, cream and sandwiches

first_imgBerry farmers reap the rewards each year in July when the Wimbledon tennis championship begins in London.It’s hard to imagine The Championships, or Wimbledon as it is popularly known as, without the age-old snack of strawberries and cream. Each year the Wimbledon tennis tournament brings with it a celebration of sorts for the fans of the sport and strawberries with cream to this day remains the most popular snack of choice.The tradition dates back to the 19th century when this snack was first introduced in Wimbledon. The tradition was adopted early in Wimbledon’s history, partly in response to the fashionability of the fruit during those days.But it has become a part and parcel of Wimbledon now. The All England Club caters to thousands of fans in these three weeks which is why the supply of strawberries with cream and other snacks can never go out of stock.Each year the tournament serves approximately 28,000 kg or 140,000 servings of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream.Photo Credit: Reuters And with demands for berries reaching as high as the roof of the centre court itself, the food stalls have had to add other options on their menu.The second most popular item on the menu is ice-cream, followed by sandwiches. The English weather at this time of the year provides the perfect opportunity for fans to dig into their favourite ice-creams and sandwiches at the Henman Hill, since food items are not allowed inside the courts.86,000 portions of ice-cream, 76,000 sandwiches, 30,000 pizzas, 25,000 scones and 16,000 portions of fish and chips are also served to the fans.advertisementEnjoying a game of tennis with snacks like these is something which each and every tennis fan looks forward to. The quality of the snacks served at is as important as the tennis itself and Wimbledon has been providing both in abundance for nearly 140 years now.last_img read more