Janssen’s Market presents The 2nd Annual DSF Picnic Contest

Rules and Regulations

Shakespeare invented some 1,700 words in the English language. “Picnic” was not one of them. Sadly.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival nevertheless seeks to recognize and reward those audience members who put together a fine spread in preparation for this year’s performance of Hamlet on Saturday, July 19. Entry to the competition is free with admission.


A “picnic” consists of any number of people gathering together to enjoy a good nosh and a great show. Picnickers entering the competition may register in advance (by sending an email to info@delshakes.org) or at the Festival box office. The gates of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival will open 15 minutes early on July 19 (6pm) for registered picnickers to set up their spread and get ready to rumble.

Each registered picnic will receive a number that should be displayed somewhere visible for the judges to see. Please remember that picnics, unlike tailgates, should stick close to the ground, so people behind competing picnics can still see the show once it begins.

If performance is cancelled due to weather, Picnic Contest will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 26.


Starting at around 6:30pm, three judges will move around the picnic grounds and visit all of the registered picnics. Judges will score based on the following criteria:

  • Picnic food creativity and execution
  • Attractiveness of the picnicking spread
  • Shakespearean picnic spirit


The winning picnic will be announced during the curtain speech prior to the performance. Winners will receive an appropriately Shakespearean token of appreciation, a $50 Gift Card to Janssen’s Markets, tickets to the 2015 Delaware Shakespeare Fetstival—and all the bragging rights they can handle.