The Spring/Summer picnic essentials you need to enjoy the afternoon.

Picnic Essentials Guide
? Cottonbro

When was the last time you went on a picnic? I mean when you went outside with a blanket on the grass, a basket full of delicious delights and bevoirs to quench your thirst?

It has definitely been a while for us during lockdown and I’m looking forward to the open air and the warmer climate. So I thought I would share the ultimate picnic guide for a fun day out.

Doesn’t matter if its on the beach, your backyard or at your local park. You can easily pick these up at your local on a moment’s notice.

Stanley Rogers Picnic Tables – bring style and comfort to with a portable picnic table, in different sizes. Holds one bottle of wine or champagne and four glasses safely off the ground.

Stanley Rogers Cheese Knives – Make it easier to enjoy your thoughtfully considered spread using quality knives for hard cheese, soft cheese, and cheese/dip spreader.

Picnic Hampers/Baskets – Choosing the right size picnic basket is essential to carry all your food, plates and glasses. Some wicker baskets will have a cotton & linen lining interior, sturdy carry handle and come with everything you need. I suggest checking out Temple & Webster or Victoria Basement for some ideas, sizes, and inclusions.

Hamilton Cooks – A curated luxury style catering service. Imagine a picnic in the park, croquet and boules set, champagne in the sun over a decadent menu. The price is $1,150 for five people over three hours, it even comes with your very own butler to make your martini on arrival. I’m don’t know about you, but this is exactly what I need to entertain the ultimate ‘garden/picnic’ party with fabulous friends.

Bel & Brio Italian Antipasto Picnic Box – The Barangaroo restaurant is serving up an Italian feast. Filled with thinly sliced charcuterie, a delicious selection of cheeses, crunchy crackers, fruits and condiments, and a sweet as a treat! To make it even better, you can even add wines from their cellar. Pick up only (order through their app and receive a 30% discount using BB30)

Chiswick Picnic Package – Packed with Australian producers such as Vannella, Long Paddock and Drunken Sailor, not to mention their signature Barra-Masalata with crispy bits. This picnic hamper serves two for $120. The hamper itself comes with woodfired flatbread, barra-masalata, Vannella Burrata with heirloom tomato, and olive tapenade, Long Paddock ‘Driftwood’ washed rind cheese, Toolunka Estate olives, lavosh, Drunken Sailor smoked tomato chutney, and strawberry and passionfruit trifle all in a reusable Chiswick carry bag.

Pumphouse Plate-at-Home Boards – Novotel Sydney Darling Square and the Pumphouse Sydney has these takeaway boards. All served with housemade flatbread, lavosh, pickles, bush tomato relish, and Alto olives. Choose from their Cheese boards ($26), Salami board ($28), or Dips board ($23). Pair one plate-at-home board with one bottle of wine for $45. Pickup only.

Chargrill Charlie’s Picnic Packs – Making delicious home-style food with real ingredients. The picnic packs are available for contactless pickup across all 17 stores in Sydney. For just $42.90, you can get a large BBQ chicken, a large salad, large fries, and a 1.25L drink. Pick up only.

Mini TRUFF Hot Sauce – A curated blend of ripe chilli peppers, organic agave nectar, black truffle, and savoury spices. This combination of ingredients delivers a flavour focused mild heat profile unprecedented to hot sauce. The mini 43g bottle is perfect to pack in your bag/picnic basket.

Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic – The perfect mix of Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic, now in a 250ml can. Best enjoyed chilled straight from the can or poured over a glass of ice with a slice of lime. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

SAINTLY Hard Seltzer – Praise be, your favourite cocktail flavours have been resurrected in a refreshingly new way. Inspired by iconic cocktail recipes and blended with natural flavours. The Faithful Ginger Mule, Glory Be Grapefruit Margarita, Almighty Mojito, and Paradise Passionfruit Martini. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s and selected liquor stores.

BACARDÍ Mojito – A perfectly mixed Mojito made with Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum combined with Lime, Sugar and Mint, served in a convenient can format to enjoy wherever you are. A refreshing cocktail best enjoyed served cold. Available from your local Dan Murphy’s and selected liquor stores.

Mr Black Espresso Martini – Made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, the new ready-to-drink offering means you can wake up any occasion with the perfect Espresso Martini. With a simple shake of the can, nail Australia’s favourite cocktail in seconds. Sip as it is or pour into a cocktail coupe and savour – the ultimate after work tipple, dinner party bev and picnic esky essential, sorted. Available from your local Dan Murphy’s, Liquorland and selected liquor stores.

Basic Babe Boxtails – A 2L cask of pre-made cocktails. Known for their delicious seltzers, guilt-free cocktails are available in three tantalising flavours. Raspberry & Lime Margarita, Passionfruit Martini and Pink Gin Daiquiri. Available from your local Dan Murphy’s and selected liquor stores.