With the weather becoming sunnier and warmer, it’s the perfect time to go outdoors and soak up the sun, but why do it without food? We have compiled some of the best picnic experiences around. Whether you want to pack your own picnic basket, or have someone else curate it for you, there is an experience that caters to your needs.
Famous for their picnics, Warwick Wine Estate has reopened their picnics from the 1st of November. Dubbed Lazy Picnic Lunches, there is a variety of seating options available: outside on their lawn or forest courtyard, both with majestic views. Choose between their Gourmet Basket, Vegetarian Basket, Vegan Basket and also a Kiddies Picnic Basket. To drink, there is a wide range of their wines, MCCs and beers on offer to round off the experience. View their menu, and remember that bookings are essential.
Whether you want to sit by the dam, or under the oak trees, picnics at Spier Wine Farm are special. On offer is a Summer Picnic, Plant-based Picnics and a Kids’ Picnic. Spier’s picnics are made up of local and organic ingredients. You can bring your own chairs, cushions and blankets, or hire them from Spier. Book now to secure your spot. If you want the Spier experience at home, order your farm-fresh picnic and have it delivered to your door.
Lush green lawns welcome you to Boschendal. The classic Boschendal picnic, the Rhone Rose Garden Picnic, is available on weekends. Your picnic basket is laid out on a table underneath the oak trees, made up of freshly-baked bread, salads, charcuterie, preserves and dessert. Choose from their Rose Garden Picnic, to Vegetarian and Kids Picnic options. Book your picnic and make use of their special: with every booked picnic basket you get 10% discount on same day wine tasting or wine purchase at the Cellar Door.
Sit in one of their private picnic pods, set-up with comfortable blankets and cushions. Once you have booked your pod, you have exclusive use of the area for the day. The Bakery at Jordan has got your picnic basket covered, with a variety of freshly-baked breads (focaccia, brioche, seed loaf), charcuterie, the Chef’s Patisserie of the day, and more. There is also a kiddies picnic option available. Picnics are weather-dependent.
Other options include packing your own basket, and making an outing to Kirstenbosch or hike Jonkershoek and have a midhike-picnic.
You can also go to the Blaauwklippen Market or the Lourensford Market, buy your favourite snacks, and sit on their lawns and have a wonderful, relaxed picnic.
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Written by C Knoesen