In case you missed the news, National Barbeque Week takes place this year between May 30th and June 5th. This year marks the promotion’s 20th anniversary and, across the country, families will be taking the opportunity to get out into gardens and other open spaces to try a spot of al fresco dining.
Despite Britain’s notoriously unreliable weather, barbequing has grown to become one of the country’s most popular traditions. Whether you’re on holiday, on a campsite, on a beach, in a park or simply in your own back garden, it’s a wonderful way to make mealtimes more of a fun family event. (And, of course, it’s also a fantastic excuse for a party!)
Barbeque technology has also developed in recent years. Many traditionalists still cook on small cast iron stoves, using wood and charcoal as a fuel, but there are also more ambitious family caterers who cook on giant garden grills with multiple propane burners, hot plates and all manner of clever gadgetry. Both approaches have their place, of course, and we’d never be so presumptuous as to rank one above the other. What both of them have in common is what makes all barbeques great: they allow people to gather round the flames and enjoy their food together. In many ways, they’re following a tradition of outdoor social dining that arguably goes right back to our stone-age roots.
Not only that, but barbequing is also a very healthy way to cook. Grilling over flame releases many of the fats that might otherwise stay in a frying pan, and the process of cooking quickly on a high heat helps to ensure that many foods (including all sorts of vegetables) retain much more of their natural flavour, texture and nutrients.
At KQF, we’re big fans of the barbeque and we do our very best to help customers enjoy the summer season.