Surry Hills based company Pop Up Picnic can cater anything from a couple of cuties out on date to a full company lunch. Their smart cardboard hamper design come complete with rug, cutlery, plates and plastic Champagne flutes that can be delivered within central Sydney for $20 or collected from their Buckingham Street HQ. They’ve got gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and kids options, but our pick is the Antipasto Table ($159.50 for a two-person hamper) that includes Australian salmon gravlax, prosciutto, scotch eggs, matured Cabot cheddar, Tasmanian Brie and Dave’s chutney. Book at least 24 hours in advance.
Husband and wife team, Simon and Natalie Thomas, are picnic connoisseurs. They’re passionate about seasonal produce and they’ve devised four menus to choose from: the Picky Nic, the Sydney Picnic, the Italian and the Mediterranean. It's $150 for a two-person hamper from Sydney Picnic Co, which is filled with snack foods like Sicilian olives, gorgonzola dolce, slow roast tomatoes, Meredith feta, Italian buffalo mozzarella, San Danielle prosciutto, Australian king prawns, kipfler potatoes, French double cream brie, crackers, baguette and dark chocolate tarts. Book 48 hours in advance.
Former Rockpool pastry chef Anna Simamora turned her decades of food industry experience into an online business delivering locally produced foods to the dinner table. You can order many things from the Floury Baker, including whole cakes and tarts through to whole dinner services. Their three picnic delivery options are created from sustainably grown ingredients from within New South Wales. The Italian Feast picnic serves two-to-four people, including figs wrapped in prosciutto, poached prawns, goats cheese and leek tarts, jars of tira misu and cold pressed juices. Each vintage picnic hamper requires a $100 deposit and $10 delivery fee, which brings the upfront cost to $280. Hampers can be ordered daily and delivered to the city, Eastern and Northern suburbs and the Northern beaches. Order 48 hours in advance.
Jo Rapisardi started Pretty Picnics in 2012 as an event organising company where she’d set up a four-course picnic in the park for her customers, and later return to clean up afterwards. Based in Camden, Pretty Picnics now caters for private picnics all the way up to wedding picnics and pop-up events for clients like Moonlight Cinema. If you’re planning picnic for a special occasion Jo can organise the works. For something simpler, opt for the hamper for two (starting from $100) including a cheese plate, noodle box or salad bowl and a tortilla wrap or baguette with your choice of fillings. Picnics can be collection from their Camden HQ or delivered within the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney. Order 48 hours in advance.
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What could be more romantic than a picnic packed for two and sweeping harbour views? Where else could you organise a long, lazy lunch for a big group of friends? Or, an impromptu dinner date alfresco? Cancel your restaurant booking and head to one of these top places to enjoy a picnic. We’ve called ahead to find out if there’s parking, toilets and barbecues too. You can thank us later.