Autumn. It’s the perfect time to cozy up with a loved one, a picnic basket – packed to the brim – and the perfect tartan rug. The brisk winter chill hasn’t yet arrived and the days are long with light and warmth. Packing a basket with food and drink can be the easiest way to have some fun! Read on for some tips to organizing the finest autumn picnic.
The first thing to think about when organizing your picnic is location, location, location. In Melbourne, you’re spoilt for choice, as every nook and cranny of the city has a beautiful garden waiting to be discovered. If you are close to the CBD, you can’t pass up Fitzroy Gardens. Impeccably maintained lawns and easy access with public transport, this is the perfect spot for a lunch time picnic. When you’re done, don’t forget to visit the Conservatory. With free entry and new displays every few months, you are bound to find some beauty inside. Or, maybe drinks and a movie are more your style. The Moonlight Cinema is a Melbourne institution and – since it is set in the Royal Botanical Gardens – the perfect spot to pull up a picnic rug and take out a basket laden with goodies. Make sure to pack a bottle of your favourite vintage and class it up with a hand-picked salad platter.
Gathering the right picnic food can be crucial! Keep it simple and stress-free with private catering, like gourmet platters delivered straight to your door. Cold meats, cheeses and other finger foods are the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of red and a film. With autumn’s mild temperatures, cheese will sit happily outside. Just don’t forget your knife and plates (or lose the stress, and order them online).
To finish off the night, bring a thermos with a steaming brew to warm you up before heading home or if you’ve spent the day lazing around in the sun, pack some hot coffee to perk you back up again! Either way, make sure to enjoy the last of the warm days before winter sets in, with a perfectly packed picnic, full of delicious foods and with excellent company.