The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal
While crucially important in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helping flatten the curve, being cooped up in our houses takes its toll. In good news for our sanity, on Saturday May 2 the state government eased restrictions on public gatherings slightly, allowing pairs to now enjoy an intimate picnic. In response, several local cafes have thrown together a range of mouth-watering picnic hampers – not only adding an extra revenue stream for venues while lockdowns remain clamped tight on our dining scene, but also allowing us to indulge in some much needed outdoor feasting.
Joedy’s Cafe, New Farm: Newly opened coffee and brunch spot Joedy’s has been keeping New Farm locals fed and caffeinated with its menu of eats and coffee, but now the park-side hotspot has launched a series of picnic-friendly charcuterie boards! This spread is loaded with artisan cheeses, cured meats, olives, fruit and crackers – with a vegetarian option also available upon request. These boards can feed two, or can be upgraded to feed groups of four or six (making it a terrific at-home entertaining option). Wine can also be added for a bit extra! Shoot an email to [email protected] to enquire about a board for your next socially distanced outing!
Jocelyn’s Provisions, Fortitude Valley: Brisbane’s go-to for boutique treats and baked goods has also thrown its hat into the ring, launching an Iso Picnic Pack perfect for some sun-soaked sampling. Jocelyn’s picnic packs come with a combo of sweet cupcakes, ricotta tarts, brownies, sourdough sandwiches and brioche savoury cups. The team at Jocelyn’s James Street has teamed up with Cru Bar + Cellar for the initiative, giving picnic goers the chance to add a bottle of wine if they so choose. Give the team a call on 07 3852 3799 to place your orders for this coming weekend!
Lokal + Co, West End: Grab you picnic blanket and a picnic basket, then make tracks for Lokal + Co, which has unveiled a mouth-watering pack perfect for an intimate outing. The team here will fill your basket with a selection of its signature brunch items, from its brioche breakfast roll to ham-and-cheese croissants. What’s more, you can also add mini bottles of bubbles and mimosa packs if you’re feeling a bit cheeky. Head to Lokal + Co’s website for ordering details.
Botanica, Red Hill and Teneriffe: If you’ve been craving an overdose of Botanica’s boutique salads, you’re going to love this bit of news. The famed salad and sweets spot now sells a picnic-perfect takeaway pack for your next ‘saladate’, which comes loaded with your choice of salad, Botanica’s lauded savoury tarts, two dreamy Botanica cakes and two HRVST ST juices or Antipodes water. If you’re eager to hit the park solo or with a pal, there’s a box that can cater. Head to Botanica’s website for details.
Mr Chester Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley: Before the pandemic, Mr Chester was an always-reliable go-to spot to find new-age wines and top-tier Italian eats. Although dining in at Mr Chester isn’t possible right now, the bar is selling wine and food to go, which is great news for picnic lovers. Available to grab-and-go is a selection of cheese and charcuterie packages, including the self-care package (filled with enough cheeses, crackers, figs, and quince for one), the date-night package (three kinds of cured meat, two cheeses, accompaniments, crackers, and house-baked bread) and the gargantuan doomsday prepper package (four cheeses, four meats and all the bells and whistles). Add a bottle of wine to your order and suddenly things don’t seem as grim! Head to Bopple to browse the selection.
Umami, Fortitude Valley: Okay, so sitting down to a huge yum-cha feast isn’t a typical picnic activity, but we’re not living in typical times. Umami is launching a dedicated yum-cha menu for those who are keen to arrange a smorgasbord feast for home, but here’s the thing – you can order this feast just about anywhere. Yep, that includes your local park! Every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, the Umami team will be delivering orders to spots within an eight-kilometre radius, that covers a few parks, if you catch our drift. The delivery drivers will happily drop off orders to your closest park bench, so hop on Bopple and select from the likes of squid-ink and scallop dumplings, Singapore chilli crab mantou, crispy skin roast dunk and black-truffle dumplings.
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