Your slice of the action – celebrate Wimbledon 2017 with Whirl
3rd July 2017
That’s right, Wimbledon has arrived once again – the official start of British summertime, and two glorious weeks of tennis, strawberries, summer cup and champagne!
This year, why not follow the lead of BBC’s The Great British Menu and celebrate the 140th anniversary of the world’s oldest tennis tournament in style, by adding some Wimbledon themed dishes to your menu?
Get in the Wimbledon spirit and give these delicious dishes, inspired by some of the world’s leading players, a Whirl.
Swiss superstar Roger Federer has set his sights on winning an 8th Wimbledon title in 2017. Show your support for the 18 Grand Slam winner with the ultimate Swiss side dish – Rosti Federer. A versatile potato side that goes with all kinds of dishes, our recipe is made lighter and leaner by swapping the butter for Whirl.
Homegrown hero Andy Murray still gets some homemade shortbread from his gran for every tournament. Check out our version of Scottish Murray Shortbread made with Whirl – it’s great as part of an afternoon tea, served with a glass of bubbly, or as a petit four for serving with a cup of coffee.
A volley of 6 Wimbledon Facts
Wimbledon visitors get through more than 28 tonnes (140,000 portions) of strawberries, 320,000 glasses of Pimms and 29,000 bottles of champagne each year.
The All England Club has its own Harris Hawks, Rufus and Pollux, who are responsible for patrolling the skies and discouraging local pigeons from roosting near the courts.
Don’t forget your umbrella – there have been only seven rain-free Wimbledon Championships since 1922.
The longest Wimbledon match ever was played in 2010 between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut – it lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, and was played over three days. The final set lasted more than eight hours!
The Wimbledon courts are sown with a special blend of 70% Perennial Ryegrass and 30% Creeping Red Fescue, cut once or twice a day to a height of 8mm – the perfect length for lawn tennis.
The strict dress code states that players must be dressed ‘almost entirely in white’ – in 2013, Roger Federer was forced to ditch a pair of shoes because they had a bright orange sole.
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