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The Fu Dai Hamper

~ Our very first Chinese New Year wicker ~

The Fu Dai Hamper


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.

The Lunar New Year is a time for toasting, so begin by popping the cork on an elegant bottle of Champagne, specially created for Fortnum’s by premier winemaker Hostomme. You can of course choose to order The Alcohol-Free Fu Dai Hamper, in which case you’ll find our Cabinet Blend Coffee, originally created for the British government to drink in Downing Street meetings.

Tea will also undoubtedly be served at your Chinese New Year celebration, which just so happens to be a Fortnum’s speciality. Pour out a cup of our blend grown in Yunnan province, which we’ve generously complimented with three tins of biscuits to be enjoyed alongside as per the English afternoon tea tradition.

Finally, to keep things sweet throughout your year, we’ve packed a tin of juicy Pates de Fruits, our best-selling Marc de Champagne Truffles, and a jar of traditional Shrewsbury Woodland Honey.

According to all sources, 2019 is predicted to be a lucky year – and it will certainly be off to an fortuitous start thanks to the rather special fu dai surprise hidden instead this wicker.

Chinese New Year display
Chinese New Year display
Chinese New Year display

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

5-13 FEBRUARY 2019


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