What better way to relish the onset of summer than to grab your gingham, floppy hats and the very best portable eats for a picnic? With these ready-made picnic packs lovingly prepared by our Sydney favourites, the hard part is done for you. All that’s left is to find some willing participants and a sunny spot – both relatively easy to procure during a Sydney summer.
The Floury Baker
With 18 years experience working as a professional chef, training in the kitchens of Wokpool and Rockpool, Anna Simamora created The Floury Baker to deliver chef-cooked meals to your home, and now she’s branched out into picnic hampers for Christmas. With cold-pressed juice by Prodjuice, fresh fruit, baguettes, seafood and crisp salads, they’re only available until March. There’s even a brunch picnic option with bircher muesli, muffins, blue cheese and caramelised onion tarts and fruit trifles. All baskets also come with a blanket.
Sydney Picnic Co.
Sydney Picnic Co. does a fine job of explaining exactly what they’re about: “we make picnics … really good ones”. With all produce sourced from the best vendors in Sydney and environmentally friendly packaging, we’re struggling to find grounds on which to disagree. There are five options for pre-made picnics, all $150–$200. All prices are based on picnics for two people, but arrangements can be made for larger groups. Its Spring Picnic includes buffalo mozzarella, roast free-range chicken, roasted baby beets, double-cream brie, an organic baguette and crushed salted shortbread with vanilla cream.
Swiss Deli Rose Bay
In the heart of Rose Bay, Swiss Deli is something of a well-kept secret in the Eastern Suburbs. Its no-fuss picnic takeaway boxes are the perfect for-one snack to enjoy by the water. The Opera in the Park box includes a smoked salmon and cream cheese wrap, an antipasto tub, a prawn rice-paper summer roll, brie and water crackers, honey yoghurt with fruit salad and orange or apple juice. From $20–$32 per box, we suggest stocking up on a few to share with friends.
The most recent offshoot of The Stables' well-known cafe/retail space is in a converted butcher in Newtown and is the remedy to your spontaneous picnic cravings. Hand over your ID to the friendly staff at 212 Blu in exchange for a blanket, a complimentary bottle of sparkling water and a woven picnic basket filled with any of the menu items that tickle your fancy. Before you can add up how much you owe, the basket will be bursting with a selection of calzone, sandwiches and salads, and, of course, coffee. Prices are as per the menu.
The Hamper Emporium
The Hamper Emporium is the go-to for any hamper-related needs and has a variety of picnic packs to help you and your friends get the most out of any sunny day. The popular Spring Picnic Hamper is $139, and includes tapenades, olives, crackers, cupcakes, chocolate-coated strawberries and not one, but two, bottles of wine.
For those after a picnic that’s more liquid than solid, pick up Simon Johnson’s Gin and Tonic picnic hamper for $190, complete with a straw carry bag. The hamper includes 700ml of Four Pillars Gin, Tracklements Chipotle Salsa, pomegranate and elderflower tonic, wasabi peanuts, chargrilled artichokes, and two Ninguina Spanish glasses, among other things. New Zealand Born Simon Johnson has a variety of hampers to complement those G’n’Ts. All hampers are available online.