The Ultimate Gourmet Picnic Guide: Sponsored Post

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Lazy summer days are here so I’m planning on getting my picnic on. Just like eating Golden Gaytimes, getting sand in your bathers, and drinking too much rosé, picnics are an essential part of summer for me. It’s a rule of summer that you have to have a certain number of picnics in order to make the most of it. It’s also a rule that everything tastes better when eaten outside.

Heading off road for a picnic with my (borrowed!) Nissan QASHQAI

But picnics do take a bit of effort – it’s all about preparation. You need the right food and drinks and the perfect picnic spot. Here are my tips.

My hipster salad is the perfect picnic food

Gourmet food

Portability is the key here; forget about attempting to bring an elaborately iced cake. Food that is made for sharing also works well. I like to pack a cheese board to start, then add in something substantial like sausage rolls or a homemade tart alongside a salad. For dessert I keep it simple with fresh fruit. Drinks wise it’s hard to go past a bottle of champagne or fizz.  If you’re going for beer or wine opt for twist tops to make it easy and remember not to drink and drive! 

Mango and soba noodle salad is great for a hot day and easy to transport

Here are seven of my favourite picnic-friendly recipes for some food inspiration.

Picnic hamper for the win

Gourmet packing

I’m the proud owner of an old school wicker picnic basket which contains actual crockery and glassware.  It’s absolutely beautiful and makes even the simplest picnic feel like a special event, although it’s also really, really heavy. So if my picnic location involves a bit of a walk it’s often easier to throw some plates, food and a blanket in a backpack. This month I’ve been borrowing the zippy QASHQAI SUV from Nissan, which has a brilliant Divide-N-Hide™ cargo system in the boot, so there was plenty of space for all my picnic gear. 

Everything fits easily in the Nissan QASHQAI boot.

Gourmet location

As the real estate agents say, it’s all about location, location, location. For a picnic with wow factor, try picnicking on the beach or at your local botanic garden. Thanks to the Nissan QASHQAI’s four wheel drive capability, this last month I’ve been a little more adventurous in where I’ve headed, so don’t rule out that perfect picnic spot hidden away in the bush. Nissan’s compact SUV made it easy to switch between on road and off road, heading from the city to venturing onto dirt roads.

Picnic cheating with a food delivery service

Gourmet cheating

Thanks to the advent of food delivery services like UberEATS, Deliveroo and Endulj, the cheat’s way of picnicking is just to order delivery direct to your picnic rug. I tried this out in the Botanic Gardens recently with Endulj and it worked a treat. I just entered directions to the nearest crossroads and went and met the delivery driver as he arrived. They’ll provide you with paper plates, cutlery and even drinks if you want. Too easy.

Thanks to Nissan for partnering with me for this post. 


  1. Looks lovely Cara and makes me want to have a picnic…now! However, links in post seem to go to HMTL gobbledegook and don’t appear on my screen. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Sorry about that Barbara there was a problem with old posts on my site (which were linked to) should be fixed now. Let me know if you have any other issues.

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