Dining

Picnic Perfection (Win!)

June 1, 2021

Everyone knows that the first step in planning an al-fresco meal is choosing the right spot. Vancouver has an abundance of gorgeous parks and beaches to choose from but, on sunny days, these can be overrun with, well, people—not to mention errant Frisbees and meandering pooches threatening to disturb your setup or devour your Instagram-worthy spread.

For those looking to pull off a truly foolproof, picture-perfect picnic, Tarina Taylor and Kelly Bertrand of Say Events suggest renting a space, like a private farm. It may seem extravagant, but it will allow you to control the elements. The two have planned weddings, retreats and festivals but, during the pandemic, are shifting their focus to intimate outdoor events. To make even a simple backyard picnic feel special, they recommend adding such thoughtful touches as elegant balloons from Frankie & Co. or Balloon Studio and fresh flower arrangements. Also consider renting décor pieces and outdoor furniture from Ellssi, Past Pieces or Bespoke Decor, particularly when it comes to organizing a a picnic in celebration of a birthday or anniversary—or serving as the backdrop for a marriage proposal.

If you prefer to keep your outdoor gathering simple and low-key, and plan to arrange a few such events during these warmer months, you may want to invest in some fun picnic pieces. The Fjällmott picnic blanket from Ikea has a waterproof backing and built-in carrying straps, while a Turkish blanket from B Yoga is soft but durable. Basket wise, the large Sunnylife picnic basket from Indigo comes with plates, cups, cutlery, a bottle opener and a cutting board, plus an insulated compartment for keeping food cold. Add to it some cloth napkins and cheese knives from EQ3 and you’re set. For a one-stop shop, Bed Bath & Beyond stocks picnic items galore: everything from an ultra-practical Picnic Time folding sports chair to a chic Picnic at Ascot cake carrier. But our top pick has to be the Games Galore picnic blanket, printed with four classic board games, which can even be personalized with two lines of text.

Fun accessories aside, one mustn’t forget the food (to do so would be a picnic sin). Mouthwatering DIY options abound at specialty grocery shops like Meinhardt Fine Foods, The Gourmet Warehouse and Urban Fare. If you’d rather let someone else do the meal prep, then support a local resto by ordering a to-go box. A cornucopia of delicious takeout kits for convenient outdoor noshing are available from Vancouver favourites like Bel Café, Juke Fried Chicken, Chancho Tortilleria and St. Lawrence. The Beach Bag Combo for Two from Beetbox comes in a cute organic bag for you to keep, and the plant-based eatery’s new four-litre Beet the Heat Slushie Buckets are the perfect thirst-quenching accompaniment. Pretty much anything from the menu at Railtown Cafe and Catering is picnic-ready, but our top pick is the Parisian Picnic Lunch, with Niçoise salad, pâté, house-made baguette and more.

Further afield, Hopcott Farms packs each of its picnics in a charming wicker basket that looks ready for a photo shoot. The Graze Company has an array of boxes, including a vegan option filled with fruits, veggies, nuts, plant-based cheeses and chocolate. So, pack up and set out. Picnic season is here. —Sheri Radford

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  1. Emily B

    June 2nd, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I love crackers with fancy cheeses!
    @emilyisland

  2. Amber olak

    June 2nd, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Cheese and crackers

    @amber_olak

  3. Ashley

    June 2nd, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Watermelon! So fresh, sweet and hydrating! @amunnrow

  4. Christina

    June 2nd, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Cheese!

    @ccuma

  5. MICHELLE NGUYEN

    June 2nd, 2021 at 9:28 am

    I love watermelon! @mnguyennnn

  6. Shirley Ng

    June 2nd, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Cheese and crackers
    @shirlng22

  7. Gloria

    June 2nd, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Fruit @glowglow8

  8. @pocky_kiki

    June 2nd, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    My favorite snacks are Cheese and Fruits! 🍇🍈🍊🍍🍎🍏🍐🍑🍒🍓🧀🧀🧀

  9. nana.photostory

    June 2nd, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Hi,
    My favorite picnic snacks are Chips & Fruits🌞
    @nana.photostory

  10. Rachel Kjosness

    June 2nd, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    🍉
    Langley BC
    @rachelkjo

  11. linda p

    June 2nd, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    potato salad + cold fried chicken

  12. Paola E

    June 2nd, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Cheese and crackers ☺️

  13. Chiho

    June 2nd, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I love Truffled Hummus and pita chips on a sunny day in the shade. Plus, a bunch French pastries 😋

    IG : chi_stylist

  14. Lianne

    June 2nd, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Brie

    @lianne2014

  15. Gloria

    June 2nd, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Hello, I love sandwiches + pop !

    @gfan25

  16. Daniellamlove

    June 2nd, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Can’t forget strawberries on a picnic! 🍓

    @daniellamlove

  17. Michelle

    June 3rd, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Cheese for sure!! 🧀

    @mcox12

  18. Tabby72

    June 3rd, 2021 at 6:17 am

    I love to snack on berries. @tabby_1972

  19. Susan Boudreau

    June 3rd, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I love fresh fruit in a picnic 🍎 🍌 🍇

    @fun_chef_suze

  20. Leila Lagroix

    June 5th, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Cheese and Fruit 🧀🍓🍇🍎
    @xmasbb1225

  21. Rose

    June 6th, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Cheese and fruit
    @roseaz

  22. Hannah

    June 6th, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Bread, always bread. More bread.

  23. Lucy

    June 6th, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    I love smoked Gouda cheese 🧀 with jalapeño jelly and crackers with wine!! My fav!! Insta handle @lucydianna

  24. Haylea

    June 6th, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I love the smoked meat and chutney’s for sure 😊❤️ @franklin__

  25. Keltie

    June 6th, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    My favorite picnic snack is Brie, crackers and fruit ! @keltieh

  26. Charlenne

    June 6th, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Favorite snack is grapes….crushed grapes….WINE. it’s wine.

  27. Amanda

    June 6th, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    My favourite picnic snacks are softer cheese with fruit and dark chocolate! Mmm!

    @ajr111

    Vancouver, BC

  28. Veronika

    June 6th, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Favourite snack: Wine!😏

    @msveronika

  29. Liana Aigro

    June 6th, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    My favourite picnic snack is Brie on top of grainy crackers.
    @ellamay_11_7
    Aldergrove BC

  30. Brenda Haggerty

    June 7th, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Homemade sandwiches @brendahaggerty

  31. Shelby

    June 7th, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Cheese, cheese and always cheese!

    @shelbyschmidke

  32. Xu Liang Li

    June 7th, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Definitely cheese platter and little sandwiches!

  33. Xu Liang Li

    June 7th, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Definitely cheese platter and little sandwiches!
    @liangliangcanada

  34. Zoe

    June 8th, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Fruit and sausage😍😜

    @Zoeg_chen

  35. Nancy

    June 8th, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Fruit salad!! 🍓🍑
    @nan_cee_cee

  36. Ron H

    June 8th, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Cheese and crackers!
    @fomodachi

  37. Yung L

    June 9th, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Ham & cheese sandwiches
    @lyungcr

  38. Ming K

    June 9th, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Cheese & crackers
    @squirmer03

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