The key to making your picnic easy and carefree is to keep it simple. Whether you’re dining Alfresco under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema or your local park, here are some tips and a handy checklist to consider before venturing out…
- Portability is key so finger food is generally the most successful for picnic fare.
- A great idea is to pack the ingredients for salads and sandwiches separately and assemble on location.
- Pack the foods to be eaten last at the bottom of the esky and the first on top, so that you don't have to unpack everything at once.
- Consider food safety and remember that foods left out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours should be thrown away.
- Keep food in the esky until serving and avoid making foods made with mayonnaise and other highly perishable ingredients.
- Freeze a large bottle of Spring water (allowing about 5cm at the top for expansion) to keep your snacks cool. When it melts you’ll have some cold drinking water!
- Cheese is the perfect portable picnic fare - take along some great South Cape Cheeses and don’t forget your cheese board and knives.
- For snacking take along some South Cape Parmesan & Garlic Cheese Twists – delicious and can be eaten anytime, anywhere.
- A large blanket or tablecloth – creates ambience and helps protect your food from ants, dirt & moisture
- Serving items – plates & serving utensils as required
- Wine and water glasses – sturdy, reusable plastic works well.
- A corkscrew and bottle opener
- Drinks (include some non-alcohol beverages for re-hydrating)
- Insect repellent and / or some citronella candles to help keep away the mosquitoes
- Family and friends!
Take along some great cheeses for your picnic platter like South Cape Bell Pepper, Vintage & Olive Tapenade Club Cheddar Trilogy, and a wedge or wheel of South Cape Camembert. Serve with South Cape Classic Crispbread, fresh dates, plump dried apricots and almonds.
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