The round-up: the best locally made hampers to picnic with a pal
In excellent news for our sanity, the state government lifted restrictions on public gatherings ever-so-slightly allowing pairs to enjoy a picnic together – hurrah! In response, a few Gold Coast cafes, delis and eateries have put together a range of mouth-watering picnic hampers for your eating pleasure – here are some of our faves.
Miami Marketta, Miami: The fine folk at Miami Marketta have curated the picnic boxes of your dreams. Loaded with a miscellaneous array of picnic essentials including multiple cheeses, Sicilian olives, salami, sun-dried tomatoes and crackers as well as a bottle of wine of your choosing, it’s everything you could want or need in a hamper. Best of all, they start at $30. Take a peek at all of the wine and cheese boxes here and if you’re in the mood for a cheeky tipple, check out the booze boxes here. The boxes are available for pre-order and collection through Miami Marketta’s makeshift drive through.
Kat Harvey Cheese: Known as the ‘Burleigh cheese lady’, artisanal cheesemaker Kat Harvey has been selling her blues and bries from a pop-up space (aka the tiny home of coffee nook Seadog) on Burleigh’s James Street since early 2019. Things are a little tricky right now, so Kat has shifted to delivering her cheeses across the Gold Coast and has also expanded her range to incorporate handmade condiments like her own quince paste in a pouch, and smallgoods like bush salami and crisp breads. All you need to do is slide in Kat Harvey’s Instagram DMs and she’ll put together the ultimate picnic pack for you, depending on your tastes (stinky cheese or creamy – you decide) and budget. Kat is delivering to the Gold Coast Monday to Friday.
Pepé Italia Deli, Palm Beach: If you’re keen to bust out of isolation and soak in some sunshine, allow the fine folk at Pepé Italia Deli to assume the burden of shopping for foodstuffs. The platter box for two to three people is filled with a mix of three Italian meats and three Italian cheeses alongside a few extra picnic bits and bobs. The boxes start at $40 and you can pick up in store or if you happen to live in the surrounding suburbs, you can have it delivered for a little extra. Or, you can buy individual portions of salami,’nduja, cheese and bread and make your own little DIY picnic box. Cast your orders online here.
Manolas Bros Deli, Isle of Capri: How does a platter box brimming with mortadella, salami, leg ham, turkey, rare roast beef, bread, Dutch smoked gouda and olives sound? To us, that is actual heaven. You can order charcuterie, charcuterie and cheese, or antipasto platters from Manolas Bros Deli at Isle of Capri ahead of time – there’s also a Greek platter box for those all about the dolmades and halva. Jump to the website to view the boxes (they come in all different sizes) and start planning your next picnic.
Blue Ginger Picnics: The team have created the perfect picnic hampers, which are brimming with all-local produce, cheeses, breads, nuts, cured meats and more. Whether it’s an intimate picnic on your lounge-room floor or you’re venturing out (while still abiding by the rules) for a picnic with a pal, plan ahead and let Blue Ginger do the hard work for you. Jump to the website to view the current hamper offerings – just remember to get your orders in advance (do it online here) to ensure its delivered in time. Blue Ginger is based south of the border, but delivers as far north as Burleigh.
Guilty Pleasure Platters: You know the kind of picnic spreads you see on the ‘gram? Well, that’s the kind that Brodie, the lovely lady from Guilty Pleasure Platters creates. The boxes are made on the day of delivery so they’re as fresh as can be and can be collected in Upper Coomera or delivered for an additional fee. The small platter box starts at $55 and is perfect for one to two people grazing. Place your orders here.
Image credit: Kat Harvey Cheese
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