Good Food Blog
Game, set and strawberriesPosted at 9:02AM, 25 June 2008 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Making news at Wimbledon this year: Roger Federer's snappy cardigan/blazer ensemble; Rafael Nadal's snug knee-length pirate pants; Britain's complete hopes resting on the narrow shoulders of Andy Murray; the (so far) uncharacteristically sunny weather and the price of strawberries has gone up 25p! Oh, and apparently there's a spot of tennis being played too.
Much as I'd like to explore all these pressing issues (Raf's shorts especially), it's the strawberries that seem to be concerning the foodie tennis fans among us. Three years ago when I travelled to experience the tournament first-hand I was shocked to discover the price of a punnet was just £2.00. And you could bring your own wine! This was my kind of event!
My enthusiasm for the event has not been hampered this year by the apparently startling price hike. In fact, despite its posher-than-thou reputation Wimbledon is still a reasonably affordable day out - as long as you stick to soaking up the atmosphere on the outside courts and resist the Pimms.
Despite it's posher-than-thou reputation Wimbledon is still a reasonably affordable day out...
Event prices have always erred on the extreme rip-off side. We're all used to not getting change from a tenner for a popcorn and drink at the cinema. For a plastic cup of flat beer at a concert. Or for a soggy hot dog at the football. So the 25p rise to £2.25 for a punnet of quality picked-the-night-before, delivered-at-5.30am-daily ripe red juicy strawberries topped wtih cream, as per tradition, seems to me to be remarkably good value.
I'm still trying to find a way to wangle my way to this year's tournament. Even though I'm lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nadal et al's thighs out of the corner of my eye on the office tv, the opportunity to sit on the hill formerly known as Henman's, with a warm wine in hand and strawberries and cream balanced on knee, is priceless. Is that a sniffle I feel developing?
Do you think £2.25 is too steep for a punnet of strawberries at Wimbledon? What's the worst rip-off you've come across at an event?