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Summer calls for picnics. Velvet finds five must-pack treats for your hamper (and shares exclusive discount codes)


“We have always had a focus on making insanely great and award-winning brownies and bakes in our Rutland-based cakery,” say the Cakehead team. “We use free-range British eggs in all of our bakes and we even hand squeeze our lemons for that extra zesty taste! For 10% of your first delicious box, please use PICNIC10 at checkout. Code valid until end of August.”

Cakeout boxes, filled with coffee shop favourites, from £19.95




Made from 100% natural materials, WaxWrap Organic certified cotton products are a convenient and re-usable eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and foil. Easy to use and washable, at the end of its life (about a year) each wrap is completely compostable. Available in sheets, bags and handy rolls – perfect for picnics! Order before the end of August and get 10% off all products using code PICNIC10.

WaxWrap food wraps, from £12



Blue Aurora

Award-winning Blue Aurora English blueberry wine was born out of a desire to use every berry lovingly grown on the Long family’s fruit farm at Lutton, on the borders of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The blueberries are pressed and fermented to create this beautiful range of wines.

Blue Aurora English Blueberry Ice Wine, £17.95




Nobody does bite-sized nibbles such as tasty olives and super crispy crackers better than the Italians. Seggiano sources its products from all over Italy to track down the best artisan food finds. These rosy hued Organic Rosate di Bitetto olives are ‘squisito’; while the moreish Tropea Onion Handmade Flatbreads are great served with cheeses and dips. For a 10% discount on all products this August (not to be used in conjunction with any other offers), use code PICNIC10.

Organic Rosate di Bitetto Olives, £5.35, and Tropea Onion Handmade Flatbreads, £6.15



The Kitsch Hen

Known for turning the humble Scotch egg into a culinary art form, Esther Bickerton runs The Kitsch Hen from her Horseheath home kitchen with the help of "right-hand woman" Sharon Solanki. As well as making gluten-free (think dauphinoise potato), veggie (mac n cheese) and vegan (Indian spiced chickpea bites) versions of the picnic classic, she is famous for her ‘twists on the trad’ flavours (jalapeno and manchego; fennel and chorizo). Available via local stockists and direct order.

Lucky Dip box of eight Scotch eggs, £35



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