Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth Picnic Menu

Macbeth Picnic Menu

Just stop here if you can’t handle Shakespeare puns and related wordplay. You’ve been warned.

rocking my grandma’s vintage tablecloth


I went to see a particularly creepy production of Macbeth in the park with my Uncle David, Aunt Annette and their family. Shakespeare in the park is such a great idea- the thrill and intellectual stimulation of the theater, all while lounging in the grass with a juicy chicken leg and the dog.


This was not the first year we’ve gone together- they seem to remember I brought some ridiculous cupcakes last time, which sounds about right. This time I brought a whole picnic. The menu started out with the idea of making some Scottish inspired foods- shortbread, etc., but quickly spiraled out of control. I picked some of my favorite lines from the play and bent them to fit some summer picnic salad ingredients.

Macbeth Picnic Menu

An unexpected fun element to my pun-filled menu was that my young niece and nephew were listening intently to every line of the play to catch each line referenced in the menu. Watermelon and artichoke hearts as teaching tools! Cute.

Macbeth Picnic Menu

Recipes to come- feel free to make requests as I may not get to all of them.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

fair is [fowl], and [fowl] is fair
Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Lemon Orzo Salad with Artichokes and White Beans

false face must hide what the [artichoke] heart doth know
Lemon Artichoke Salad with Orzo and White Beans

Pickled Onions and Persian Cucumber Ribbon Salad

by the pricking of my thumbs something [pickled] this way comes
Pickled Onion, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

a little water[melon] clears us of this deed
Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

Butterscotch Pots de Creme

out, damned [pot de creme]
Butterscotch Pot de Creme

Double Chocolate Shortbread

double double [chocolate] toil and trouble scottish shortbread
Scottish Shortbread with Dark and Milk Chocolate

Blackberry Ginger Lemonade

let not light see my black[berry] and deep desires
Blackberry Ginger Lemonade

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