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Amazing Food Facts About Wimbledon Tennis Championships

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Feeding the Thousands at Wimbledon Fortnight
Amazing Food Facts About Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Some of the daily 4,409 pounds of Wimbledon strawberries waiting for their cream.

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Close to half a million people attend the All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships, better known as Wimbledon fortnight, or just Wimbledon. Maybe they should simply call it The Hunger because the amount of food they consume in two weeks makes feeding the 5,000 seem like child's play.

Napoleon may have said An army marches on its stomach (leave it to a Frenchman), but at Wimbledon it's an audience that watches on its stomach. It takes 1,700 catering staff to feed them and watching tennis must be hungry work because here, according to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, is what they they chomped, slurped and gulped through in 2009:

  • 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

And Don't Forget the Strawberries and Cream

How could we? 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.

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