Published 6 October 2020, updated 19 October 2020
With outside dining and glorious sunshine days going in hand in hand the picnic has taken on a whole new level of “yes please”.
Even though we are limited with eating in, eating out is full of possibilities and there’s no need to play small. The picnic and hamper packs on offer from these restaurants are real people pleasers – from the gourmet to the simple, the sweet to the savoury, the fancy to the wholesome. Grazing platters boxed and delivered, high tea delicacies and classic picnics with a twist are all on the menu – just add your own patch of grass, a stellar view and your favourite peeps. Pick up or have delivered to you at your chosen spot in the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges! (check Covid restrictions here)
Hampers and picnic packs
Babaji's Kitchen - Picnic feasts for two inspired by Indian 'hill stations' right here in the Dandenong Ranges. Choose from one of three hampers on the Regional Pantry or build your own hamper and have a 'picnic in the forest'. Mumbai Salads, Chicken Tikki, Arji bhaji, falafel baguettes and more. All served in a handwoven colourful Burmese handwoven PALI picnic basket - you get to keep!
Brumfield Winery - Has a selection of fab hampers on the Regional Pantry. Choose one or two wines, or a cider, spritz and beer pack all produced by talented team at Brumfield. There's housebaked bread - which is made with spent grain form the used beer malt (and is so delicious) and chesse from Stone & Crow. Pick your perfect picnic pack.
Essential Catering - Glam it up with a BYO cheese board or go rogue using their handy pack and go box! Collect from the kitchen in Bayswater from Thursday onwards, or have them delivered directly to your door. Recommended – the grazing gift box, dessert box and savoury party box.
Fergusson Winery - The Fergusson Cheese box from the Rgional Pantry is a quick and easy 'let's go' pack that pairs perfectly with an Estate Wine. Three cheeses, fruit, crackers - it's plenty to keep you occupied for an afternoon on the picnic blanket, or add a "Meat and three friends' pack cos picnic means BBQ too, right!
Healesville Hotel have weekend picnic packs for two or four people. Choose between slow cooked brisket, smoked salmon, roast free range chicken, or vegan falafel. Picnics include wine, salads, cheese and Ricci's Bikkies. order online for pickup/delivery.
The High Tea Mistress – Curated high tea with delish nibbles, and all the trimmings. If you really want to go all out they can also provide the set – rugs, cushions, festoons, chairs – everything to your chosen theme. Look for their picnic packs on their website. Numbers catered will be capped as per prevailing restrictions). Perfect for a celebration – did someone say spring Racing Carnival? Bring your own hat!
No7 Healesville - The No.7 Picnic Pack is the perfect spring picnic for two! Includes your choice of the following 2 x Sandwiches, 1 x Salad 2 x Pastries, 1 x Bottle of No.7 Wine. There’s a range of mouth-watering baguettes, bahn mi, and unbelievable pastries including cardamon buns and lemon curd donuts (the best kind of donut IMHO).
May Eats Cake - Pre-order High Tea, speciality food boxes and premium products for delivery or collect in-store Wednesday - Sunday between 9am - 1pm. French inspired desserts, unlimited fluffy scones, fresh savoury items and artisan tea…and bubbles. Mary knows good cake!
Round Bird - Round Bird’s menus are a pursuit of seasonality, locality, and creativity. Chef Laura creates new dishes every week from the best fresh, local produce – vegan, gluten free, vego, super healthy – it’s all there for pickup – order big and bold and fill your hamper with extra goodies from the providore. The nutrition bowls are soooooo good, and the local wine selection is boutique and brilliant. This is self catering done right.
Taste Yarra Valley – Fancy a picnic by the Yarra River in Warburton? Taste Yarra Valley has Mill Grove Dairy cheese (and a range of handpicked importeds) and will put together a gourmet hamper with cheese, crackers, terrine, pates, grissini and more for an extra special dining experience. Pick up a bottle (or two) of Wild Fire Wine for a truly local extravagance. Must order in advance.
Massaros – Design your own hamper with a select range of Italian goodies that have been tried and tested by the team. There’s an Italian Feasting Hamper that is the base for any indulgent picnic and a DateNight hamper to take advantage of long evenings and extra daylight – we’re talking fresh bread, salumeria and cheese with all the condiments! And if you salivate over a good wood fired pizza, takeaway one of their authentic Italian beauties – you won’t be sorry.
The Yarra Valley Garden Party 6 pack of picnic wines is a selection of perfectly suited wines for a perfectly pleasurable picnic - even if you're not leaving home.. There's 1 bottle x Coombe Farm – Sparkling, Soumah Estate – Savarro, Mac Forbes – EB52 Rose, Innocent Bystander – Arneis, Greenstone Vineyards – Gusto Pinot Grigio and a Seville Estate – Estate Riesling. Pink, pretty and comes with bonus recipe cards for some delicious ideas for pairing.
Vineyards are also known for their wide-open spaces, food and wine. Your favourite cellar door may be offering perfectly suited picnic packs that showcase their wines. One stop for delicious! Long weekends are made for long hours in the great outdoors. Add some feasting, add the game and add your inner circle best ‘bubble friends and family’ and you're all set. Be sure to call and book in advance. And stay safe (and stay in your zone), keep your distance and be kind to everyone you meet. The best moments are made with a dash of consideration, a dollop of patience and a squeeze of good intentions. Oh and glass of your favourite Yarra Valley wine.