Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 262 - Describe an outdoor meal or a picnic that you have had

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an outdoor meal or a picnic that you have had.

You should say:

  • where it took place
  • what the occasion was
  • what you ate and drank there

and explain whether you enjoyed it or not.


Model Answer 1:

When I was a student and much younger, one of my favourite hobbies was to have picnics with my friends. I still have picnics now once in a while, but I just don’t enjoy them as much as when I was younger. Anyway, today, I would like to talk about one such picnic which I had when I was attending high school.

Back then, I was living in a small town which didn’t offer much for our recreation or entertainment. The only good thing about that town was, of course, it had a great public transportation system, and so whenever I used to get bored of staying in the same little town, I would take a bus and go out of the town for a little change.

Needless to say, we travelled outside of our little town in a big bus in order to have that picnic since our school supervisor didn’t want us to spoil the fun by having a big picnic in a small town. So, we went to a nice and big park in another city which was about a couple of hours bus ride form our little town. By the way, we had this particular picnic to celebrate and mark the end of our final examination.

Anyway, different kinds of food, drinks and snacks, including chicken kebab and steam rice, pizza rolls, chocolate cakes, fruit drinks and juices, and of course chocolate ice creams as desserts, were offered to us there at the picnic. We also spent a good part of the day enjoying our picnic and returned to our home in the late evening.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the picnic, primarily because it allowed me to recuperate from the tough study works and examination preparation for the previous two weeks. I also enjoyed the occasion because I got to eat all those great food as much as I could as a young chap. Finally, I loved going to the picnic because it allowed me to laugh and have fun with my classmates to my heart’s content which wasn’t possible in a classroom.


Model Answer 2:

I can remember so many outdoor meals or picnics with my friends and family members. In fact, we used to go outing and had our meals outside as part of the picnics very frequently even a few years back. One such picnic was a boat trip to a nearby island called (say a name) where we went 3-4 years ago. It was a small island and that island had some old buildings as well as a beautiful relaxing spot surrounded by natures. The water around the island gives the impression that you have come to an exotic land. We had our picnics on this island. There was no particular occasion for the picnic; as far as I recall the community people of our locality were planning for a picnic and they settled the day in the mid-summer. On the day we had a big boat that took us to the island and we spent the whole day there.

I remember eating fried rice, roasted mutton, chicken, dessert, different cookies fruits and some other food items throughout the whole day during our visit to the island. We drank plenty of waters as the weather was hot. We also drank fruit juices and soft drinks at different times of the day.

It was a great occasion for me. All of my family members and neighbours were present at the picnic and that was a really relaxing occasion for me. I enjoyed the boat journey and the picnic spot a lot. I played and chatted with the neighbouring kids and that was a very interesting and enjoyable gathering in my opinion. 

Tips for Talking about this Cue card topic:

You can either talk about a picnic you had or a meal you took outside (outdoor meal specifically). For this particular cue card, talk about the meal you remember having somewhere outside the house/ restaurant.

Say that few days back you went to a family picnic at a place near the forest and river and you had played outdoor games, you swam in the river and finally you had your meal in the open field.

First say where you had this picnic, give a brief description of this outdoor picnic place and then say what the occasion was and who went with you. Also, mention how reached the location and what things you saw and did there. For the third question you need to mention the foods and drinks you had there and for the final part, you need to tell whether you have enjoyed the picnic or not. Give reasons for your liking and disliking.

If you have described the place to be a nice one and if you have mentioned that the activities you did and things you saw there gave you pleasure, you should summarise that you really enjoyed the picnic. If you plan to say that you did not enjoy the picnic and the vacation, start from the beginning that you did not like the idea of going there and you did not like the place.

This cue card asks you to talk about either a picnic or an outdoor meal. Don’t get confused with the idea of having street food with the outdoor meal. Usually, an outdoor meal is synonymous to have a picnic. So describing a picnic you had would put you in a strong position of your understanding of the cue card.

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4.    Describe a meal you liked so much.
5.    Describe an activity you recently have participated in.

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