It's one of our favorite times of the year where it's warm and sunny, but still cool and breezy enough that you want to be outside ALL the time. This weather has had us inspired to get together with our friends and create the best picnic. How strong is your picnic game? If it's been a while since you've gathered for one, we have our three top tips to get you planning!
1. GOOD FOOD
Ok, this goes without saying, but sometimes it's hard to know what to pack when you're going to be eating on the ground. Our answer is: finger food, and lots of it. Snacking is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a meal with friends, but also be portable too. And you're in luck, because this is our specialty. We brought along some of our standard favorites like Sriracha Peppered Okra, Chili Fennel Brussels, and Garlic Habanero Cucumbers. For a little seasonality, we also brought along Herbed Summer Squash (limited batches at markets and in-store now).
Gather different cheeses, meats, jams, nuts, fruit, crackers, and our German IPA Beer Mustard to make a beautiful but simple charcuterie board. If you're new to cheese and meat boards, we can help you learn how to build a board to perfection!
Another one of our favorite picnic snacks to bring are cheese logs. We love a good cheese smothered in jam and topped with fresh herbs and nuts. You can check out a couple recipes here and here for ideas.
2. GOOD DRINKS
You obviously can't enjoy good food without good drinks! We love a fizzy spritzer on a warm and sunny day. Have you tried our Blueberry Lavender Jam Gin Fizz? Because if not, put it on your list to bring. It's cold, refreshing, and dare we say, one of the easiest drinks to make! P.S. You gotta try our Strawberry Balsamic + Cracked Pepper jam in drinks and with goat cheese.
If you want to stick with water, don't go plain. Add some fresh fruit and herbs to your water pitcher a couple hours before your picnic for infused water! We have some mouthwatering infused water recipes here.
3. GOOD FRIENDS
The most important element to the best picnic ever, is friends. Food and drink don't matter as much when you have your best friends by your side laughing and catching up. That's really the sweetest part of life right? Let's celebrate this weather, our friends, and the opportunity to nosh on some good food.
Happy Picnic-ing friends! Tag us with your picnic adventures, we'd love to see what you create. #theurbancanningco