Fortnum’s has long had a relationship with China, beginning – unsurprisingly – with tea. Up until 1836, all of our blends were imported from motherland itself, along with spices like galangal and delicacies such as pickled kumquats, chow chows, and bird’s nest soup.
We are happy that in 2019 we can give something rather special back to some of our friends around the world as they celebrate an important time of year. Resplendent in festive colours, The Fu Dai Hamper is our very first Chinese New Year wicker, created as the perfect gift to take home for your family feast.
Non-Chinese speakers amongst us may be curious about The Fu Dai’s name. Well, it was christened as such for several reasons. Firstly, the character ‘Fu’ or 福 is key in Fortnum’s own name in Chinese, while ‘Dai’ or 袋 – meaning ‘bag’ – is a nod to our hampers, an integral part of our identity.
The characters ‘Fu Dai’, or 福袋, together roughly translate into English as ‘Fortune Bag’. We think it rather appropriate – as while our regular wickers are known as ‘Parcels of Joy’, The Fu Dai is in fact ‘Parcel of Good Fortune’ thanks to its auspicious (and delicious) contents.