There’s something extra enjoyable about catching up with friends in the park over a charcuterie board that you just can’t get over the dinner table.
So if you’re in charge of the next get-together, we’ve pulled together a few ideas that we know your friends will love.
If you’re looking for a little fun before sitting down for a delicious picnic among good company, then have we got an adventure for you.
Using your smartphone to solve clues and riddles, the AmazingCo journey will take you to local artisan producers where you’ll collect delicious picnic ingredients before ending at a stunning picnic spot somewhere in Ballarat.
Mitchell Harris has pulled together the perfect weekend grazing board for two with charcuterie, cheese, marinated olives, terrine, crackers, condiments and house made dip. Available for pick up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from their Doveton Street wine bar, ordering one is just a simple click away.
For the perfect date, you can’t go past the Vegas and Rose grazing board – filled with local cheese and charcuterie, Mount Zero Olives, fresh seasonal fruit and organic dried fruit and house-made spiced popcorn. We couldn’t recommend Vegas and Rose without mentioning their brownies, so if you’re a sweet tooth you’re going to want to order some for dessert.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect location for a picnic, and for filling your picnic basket with delicious local produce.
Pick up a loaf of fresh ciabatta from 1816 Bakehouse (we also highly recommend their Olive sourdough which is only available Friday-Sunday) and pair this with local Salt Kitchen Charcuterie from the deli at Campanas. You can always add some local cheese, olives and Lucky & James chocolate to your basket while you’re there.
Grab a salad or two to go from Salad Fix, and hot coffee in your favourite reusable cup and you’re set.
Alternatively, you could visit the Ballarat Farmers’ Market (1st & 4th Saturday of every month) or the Bridge Mall Farmers and Makers’ Market (1st Saturday of the month) and it won’t take you long to find everything you need for a scrumptious picnic.
As for where to head with your full basket, from the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree to the lush green backdrop of Kirks Reservoir, there’s plenty of fresh air and open space to go around.