Spring is here which means it’s time to dust off your picnic rug and head to your local park.
Never before have picnics made national headlines. With restrictions easing around the country and warmer weather peeking over the horizon, now is the time to pack your goodies and get out for a picnic. We have put together the ultimate picnic checklist and have some glorious picnic sets to make you the envy of the town.
It wouldn’t be a picnic without an aesthetically-pleasing picnic basket, and we have the perfect one over on the Marketplace: Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket.
The picnic basket comes with a built-in cooler bag, cutlery for two, two ceramic plates, two wine glasses, two napkins, a corkscrew, a salt and pepper shaker set and a matching blanket — and it can be all yours for just $89.95.
The Picnic Rug in Auburn Day is the perfect accessory for your next outdoor adventure. Designed by Australian artist Brook Gossen, the rug features spring-inspired florals and a gorgeous mix of colours. Not only is it pretty, but the rug is also super practical as it comes with a carry handle and a removable shoulder strap. Pick up the Picnic Rug in Auburn Day from the Marketplace for $90.
Take a break from the cooking life and check out Maggie Beer’s Picnic Bounty Hamper, which is currently on sale for $135, down from $150, on the Marketplace. Fig jam, quince paste, tomato and sultana chutney and a delicious bottle of shiraz (just remember to check the booze laws at your local park) are just some of the products included in the hamper. Find the full list of products here. The hamper also comes with a cheese knife and a Maggie Beer-branded cooler bag.
Browse through other Maggie Beer hampers here.
If you’re after a non-alcoholic beverage, the Can Taster Pack by Canberra-based company Altina Drinks is a great option. The taster pack comes with two popular flavours: Light Me Up and La Vie En Rose.
The Light Me Up cocktail combines the delicious flavours of forestberry, a native eucalypt with native wattleseed, which brings a nuttiness and hints of sweet apple and green tea.
Altina’s La Vie En Rose resembles a dry rosé wine with hints of organic hibiscus and pink rose petals, laced with sweet orange and a long finish. This gorgeous lightly sparkling non-alcoholic rose alternative is not too sweet but perfectly refreshing.
Sober curious? Read more on mindful drinking here.
And lastly, if you’re quite the cook, we’d recommend whipping up some delicious bite-sized treats like these freezable zucchini slices (recipe below).
After something sweet? Fine a recipe for chocolate banana muffins here.