Get Ready for Summer with Sainsburys

I love Sainsburys. Our area has all the main supermarkets in ‘hyper-market’ sizes, we are quite spoiled in that respect but I’m always drawn to the smaller Sainsbury’s to do my weekly shop. There is a large one with clothes et all but I like the smaller one because it’s so much easier to get round, I mean, who wants to spend HOURS traipsing round?

Supermarkets are like fashion stores, they have seasonal ranges and right now, new to a Sainsbury’s near you, they have just started to roll out their Spring/Summer ranges, and I was lucky enough to be invited along to their launch event to get a first glance at their lovely new goods.

Held on the South Bank in London, the venue couldn’t be more appealing, and the same goes for all the goodies on show.

Firstly lets talk about the Easter merchandise. Every year when I shop at Sainsburys at Easter time I love to look down the seasonal aisle for all the kids craft collections because they are ever so cheap and cheerful and are a fun way to keep the kids occupied over the school holidays!

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So many lovely Easter arts and crafts goodies including a flower press, lots of ‘make your own’ toys such as a kite (I want this), a princess castle, mobiles, and all under a fiver! There are sticker books, painting activities and these super duper individual jelly moulds which no kitchen should be without… £6 for a pack of 8, so cheap and fab for lunchboxes!

These fabulous Easter bonnets are perfect for little girls to decorate

These fabulous Easter bonnets are perfect for little girls to decorate

Of course, the most important thing that Sainsbury’s does best is the FOOD. And when we think of Spring and Summer it’s all about al fresco eating and that means……

Yes… BBQ’s!!

If this table of delights doesn't make you long for summer I don't know what will......

If this table of delights doesn’t make you long for summer I don’t know what will…… Everything you see here can be purchased in Sainsburys from April 2014.

 

We got to taste most of the food and these Top Dog sausages were succulent and so tasty. With a variety of flavours including Chorizo and Curry, which I can say are absolutely delicious.

We got to taste most of the food and these Top Dog sausages were succulent and so tasty. With a variety of flavours including Chorizo, chilli and Curry, which I can say are absolutely delicious, they are perfect for the BBQ! The bread here too is new in many different flavours, like cranberry and orange….

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British pork pasties and sausage rolls and honey roasted salmon fillets are another delicacy!

One of the more fascinating stories of the day was that of the cheese. Sainsbury’s resident cheese expert was on hand to tell me all about their new Slate Cavern Aged Chedder, which has an amazing story, the origin of which is in Wales. Sainsburys use the Welsh slate cavern mine to mature the chedder 2000ft down. It gives the special cheese a fuller, dense flavour and is very difficult to replicate.

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And here it is……

Next, on to the cake table. It was very inviting I must say. Lots of tempting treats for your little ones here with these fun cakes and biscuits….

How adorable are these new designs? The last pic here are cakes for the grown ups :)

How adorable are these new designs? The last pic here are cakes for the grown ups :)

Sainsbury’s are having a big push on their new salad ranges for Spring/Summer 2014. Salads have been doing extremely well and they are now introducing a type of ‘pick and mix’ where you can purchase little add ons to your salad like nuts, dried fruits which are uber healthy and cost as little as 50p a scoop! There’s also lots of new salad dressing too…..

We got to try (again) the salads and dressings,

We got to try (again) the salads and dressings and I have to say these two dressings were dee-lish-ous!!!! The sweet chilli and coriander being my favourite.

And last but not least of the lovely things to get a look at were the things that one needs for a glorious sunny day in the garden and the beautiful kids clothes they have arriving in store very soon.

Sainsburys do a fantastic collection of outdoor toys too, they are concentrating more this year on the traditional wooden toys that not only look more stylish than their plastic counterparts, but last longer too. Of course they still have the brightly coloured toys that children love so much as well!

Sainsburys do a fantastic collection of outdoor toys too, they are concentrating more this year on the traditional wooden toys that not only look more stylish than their plastic counterparts, but last longer too. You can buy a pack of three games in one for as little as £12! Of course they still have the brightly coloured toys that children love so much as well and they should be in the stores just after Easter. Don’t forget your garden furniture, yes you can buy all of that from Sainsburys, and your suncream… Sainsburys do a fab value range so no need to go anywhere else, everything you need in one place :)

I’ve just read that Britain is set to experience a ‘six week scorcher’ starting towards the end of April and through May… so what are you waiting for? Better get prepared…. summer is on it’s way!

 

 

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