Food Facts from Wimbledon

The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, began today at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London. While most of our audience is unlikely to attend, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the food consumed at such an event, which lasts until July 8th (I believe they call that a fortnight, how quaint). So we found this little graphic, which pulls together incongruent pieces of information into a pie chart which makes absolutely no sense, but I guess seemed like a good idea to whoever put it together :

That was incredibly unhelpful, so let’s take a look at similar information in list form, via About.com :

  • 300,000 cups of tea and coffee
  • 250,000 bottles of water
  • 190,000 sandwiches
  • 150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties and doughnuts
  • 150,000 glasses of Pimm’s
  • 135,000 ice creams
  • 130,000 served lunches
  • 100,000 pints of draft beer and lager
  • 60,000 sausages
  • 40,000 served, char-grilled meals
  • 30,000 portions of fish and chips
  • 30,000 liters (31,700 quarts) of milk
  • 23,000 bananas
  • 22,000 slices of pizza
  • 20,000 portions of frozen yoghurt
  • 17,000 bottles of champagne
  • 12,000 kilos (26,455 pounds) of poached salmon and smoked salmon

…but the real amazing thing at Wimbledon is the Strawberries. See that 1.2 million figure up there? Now obviously a single strawberry is easier to consumer than a slice of pizza or a sandwich, but still the number is impressive. Apparently it’s a thing at Wimbledon.

Spectators consume 28,000 kilos (61,730 pounds) of English strawberries – 2,000 kilos (4,409 pounds) per day, and 7,000 liters (7,397 quarts) of fresh cream. And these aren’t just any old strawberries. They’re Grade 1 English strawberries from registered farms in Kent. They’re picked the day before being served, arrive at Wimbledon at 5:30 a.m. and are individually inspected before being hulled. With that kind of pedigree it makes the 2009 price of £2.25 for a minimum of 10 strawberries with cream seem like a right bargain.

Ah yes, so the Brits can enjoy their Strawberries and Cream while watching tennis played on grass and have no doubt why the U.S. declared their independence this time of year.

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