Friday, 19 September 2014

Life ain’t no picnic…or is it?

FBi Radio, Friday 19th September 2014

Now that the weather is playing ball, Sydney is all about getting out there and enjoying our stellar collection of parks, beaches and other public spaces. And what’s better than packing a picnic lunch, a bottle of wine and a rug and getting amongst it with friends or a loved one? If your name isn’t Yogi Bear, there are a couple of handy people and places you can call on who will either pull a picnic together for you, or make it about as easy as it’s going to get to do it yourself:

Sydney Picnic Co.

With a name that kind of says it all, Sydney Picnic Co is the lovechild of real life couple Simon and Natalie, whose combined skill set of food, wine and good design means that their picnics are not only delicious, but purrrdy. There is a host of picnic baskets that’ll please even the fussiest of eaters, but we like the Sydney Picnic:

Australian king prawns with lime & Sichuan salt & pepper
Chorizo, tomatoes, goat’s curd, roast almonds & parsley
Fregola with free range roast chicken, chilli, spring onions, mint, green olives, lemon & toasted pepitas
Le Dauphin served with crackers
Organic Sourdough baguette
Valrhona chocolate brownies with roast almonds & sour cherries

Picnics are made for two, but can be created for groups on request and picnics can either be picked up or delivered to you.

Pop Up Picnic

Channelling all the style of old 50’s school wicker picnic baskets, Pop Up Picnic is not only super cool looking, but completely recyclable and compostable. Each cardboard picnic basket contains everything you need for a good time, including a rug, plates, cutlery, stemless champagne flutes…and did we mention the basket folds out into a nifty table? Picnics can also be delivered direct to your picnic spot for ultimate convenience, but we say this is one picnic basket you’re going to want to tote yourself.

The antipasto basket:

Sonoma bread
Antipasto including charcuterie, cheese and marinated grilled veg
A selection of delicious salads
Sparkling water

Queen Street, Woollahra

Ok, so this is a little more DIY, but if you’ve a basket, a rug and a bottle of wine then all you really need to do is take a stroll along Queen Street in Woollahra and pick up the rest. From epic meatery Victor Churchill, pick up a slice of pork and duck terrine, a selection of immaculately sliced charcuterie, then wander down and pick up a roast chicken from Chargrill Charlie’s, and fresh salads in perfect portion sizes at Queen Street Deli. Top it all off with a few baked goods from Luxe Bakery and you’re golden.