SPAM. SPAM. SPAM. No, not the annoying stuff clogging up your inbox but the iconic meat in a tin. SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham. What does it mean to you? Monty Python? School Dinners? Over the years it has been maligned, celebrated and musicalised. SPAM Fritters were one of my absolute favourite school dinners back in the day accompanied buy the obligatory ice cream scoops of mash and spaghetti in tomato sauce. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
It’s 75 years since SPAM® Products came to the UK and were originally manufactured in Liverpool. To celebrate this and launch the official SPAM Appreciation Week which runs from 7th - 13th March, a specially designed, eye catching airstream van will hit the highways and byways of Britain to show thousands of people just what SPAM Can really do. Following the phenomenal success of the 2015 SPAMERICAN™ Tour in the USA, it’s now the UK’s turn to experience the the great taste and versatility of the world’s most iconic meat.
The giant SPAM Can Van will be serving up samples of the increasingly popular SPAM Fries, which are popping up in fashionable restaurants across the UK. Regional chefs and special guests will be on hand at some of the events to show just how versatile SPAM Can be. Freebies on the tour will include lanyards which show the various ways SPAM Can be enjoyed, from the ultimate breakfast fry up to traditional favourites such as SPAM Hash. There will also be the chance to pick up SPAM branded trolley coins, perfect for when you don't have a pound to hand at the supermarket. At family events there will also be the chance to play a specially created SPAM Can Alley game and everyone will have the chance to have their photo taken in the Giant SPAM Can.
Visiting eight locations across the UK in 2016, the confirmed dates for the SPAM® Can Tour are:
Liverpool: Paradise Place 5-7 March
London: Classic Car Boot Sale, Kings Cross 16-17 April
Shropshire: The Caravan Club Festival and Food Event 28-29 May
Birmingham: Foodies Festival 3-5 June
Sunderland: International Airshow 22-24 July
Cheshire: CarFest North 29-31 July
Blackpool: Air Show 7-8 August
Hampshire: CarFest South 26-28 August
Further information on the SPAM® Can Tour can be found at www.spam-uk.com with regular updates on Facebook and Twitter
Just search for the #SPAMCanTour hastag.
Can't make it along to any of the tour dates? Fear not. I've got the recipe for SPAM Fries right here for you so you can enjoy the ultimate street food in the comfort of your own home. Also check out the recipe I shared a couple of months ago for SPAMbled Eggs. They make a fab weekend breakfast or quick and easy midweek dinner.
1 x 340g can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 1/2" sticks
- Preheat oven to 350f 180c/160c Fan
- Spread the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham sticks on a baking tray and place on top shelf of preheated oven for approximately 12 minutes until golden but not crisping up
- Serve in an empty SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham can with a selection of dips
Disclosure - This is a sponsored post for SPAM. All views expressed are my own. Recipe and images courtesy of SPAM.