It’s sunny, picnics are on, and Melbourne’s parks and gardens are calling. Enjoy a selection of picnic hampers you can order for pick-up or delivery to your door.
Earl Canteen’s Spring Carnival hamper
Celebrate the season with a Spring Carnival Celebration Hamper from Earl Canteen. Salmon rillettes, porcini soufflé tartlets, roast chicken skewers, strawberry panna cotta. Yep, this is one very decadent hamper. It feeds six or more picnickers, and costs $170. Add a bottle of rosé and the price is $200 – that’s less than $35 per head. Give Earl 48 hours’ notice when ordering, and let them know if you’d like vegetarian options. For a smaller celebration, Earl’s Spring Picnic Share Platter costs $60 and feeds up to four. It includes chicken sandwiches, spring veggie tartlets and cheese with extras. Plus triple-choc brownies. Earl Canteen has six city-centre outlets, and they home deliver.
Denton’s Picnic Pack
Denton Wine Bar’s pick-up Picnic Pack for two is a sophisticated little number. Cured meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, olives, marinated artichokes, crackers, dip and pickles. The pack is $55 ($75 with wine) and a vegetarian version is available. You can also make up your own wine-bar picnic plate (PDF 440KB) to take away. You’ll find Denton’s Wine Bar in Flinders Lane at the top of the city, a hop, skip and jump from the Treasury Gardens.
Saturday picnic pack from Epocha
Pick up your pre-ordered hamper from Epocha after 11am on a Saturday. Then make a beeline for the neighbouring Carlton Gardens. The Hope Picnic Pack has a ploughman’s platter focus, with devilled eggs, cheddar, ham and chutney. You’ll also find two roast beef rolls, quiche, potato salad and a fennel with blue cheese salad. The pack costs $70 for two, and a vegetarian version is the same price. You can also add sweet treats and/or wine to the mix when ordering. And for an extra $20 they’ll include a dozen fresh oysters for a taste of the seaside.
Rustica’s BBQ picnic pack
You’ve met up in a park with your picnic blanket and Esky, so why not go one step further and make it a barbie? Rustica’s BBQ pack includes a six-pack of beers. And of course mini Wagyu burgers, beef skewers, sausages, a leafy salad and sourdough. It’s $85 and packed with the essentials to feed four hungry friends. If you’d rather graze than fire up the barbecue, choose from Rustica’s range of charcuterie boxes. They come with baguettes, cranberry walnut loaf, hummus, cold meats and cheeses. Rustica has stores in Melbourne Central and the Rialto.
Spring Street Grocer picnic
The team at Spring Street Grocer have put together a grazing banquet for your picnic. It’s a relaxed repast of chips, salami, cheeses, McKay Lager and peanut butter cookies. Their Picnic Pack costs $160, with enough fuel to feed five. Get it home delivered or click and collect from the Spring Street store.
Picnic Time at King & Godfree
K&G’s picnic for four combines baguettes and ciabatta rolls with cold meats and cheeses. Plus salted nuts, crisps and beers for a pre-picnic snack. The Picnic Time Box costs $65; vegos can swap the cold meats for mozzarella and grilled vegetables. Hampers are pick-up-only from King & Godfree in Carlton.
Picnic in the park with KereKere Green
KereKere Green is just where you want to be, in Fitzroy Gardens. Their Deluxe Picnic is $75 for two, and is packed with all your picnic requirements. Yarra Valley cheese, chicken sandwiches, egg and lettuce sarnies. Along with salad, crackers, homemade lemonade, chocolate brownie and choc-top ice creams. Yes please! Or for $40, the Grazing Picnic includes the sandwiches, choc-tops, cheese and crackers. Give KereKere 24 hours’ notice when ordering your picnic. And you’ll not only be fed and watered. They’ll also provide all the crockery, utensils, glasses and blankets you’ll need.
Entrecote’s Parisian Pique-nique box
Create your own Déjeuner sur l’herbe with a French-styled picnic feast from Entrecote. They’re opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens, so the location couldn’t be better. Entrecote’s Parisian Pique-nique box includes a baguette, quiche and French onion dip. And the French treats don’t stop there. It also includes camembert, charcuterie, salads, sweet tarts and macarons. To make your picnic even more luxe, you can hire a bistro-style table and chairs, and even pétanque. The Parisian picnic boxes cost $94.90. Pick one up from Entrecote with 24 hours’ notice.
Zaatar picnic from Errol’s Cafe
For a Middle Eastern spin, order a picnic hamper from North Melbourne’s Errol’s Cafe. Their Agraba picnic box is a fragrant mix of zaatar pita sandwiches, grilled vegie skewers and hummus. And for dessert there’s Turkish delight and fruit skewers. The box is $52, and can be picked up from North Melbourne or delivered to your home.
Rosé All Day from The Westin
Pick the perfect picnic spot or bring the festivities home with the limited edition Moet ‘Rosé All Day’ hamper by The Westin Hotel. Made for two, the menu features a curated selection of charcuterie, local handmade cheese and artisanal accompaniments, perfectly paired with a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Brut NV. Gather your friends and share some Spanish serrano, Cognac, chestnut and sage paté or L’Artisan Marcel cheese. This luxurious hamper cost $239 and includes two exclusive Moët glasses and a wooden serving board. Available for click and collect or delivery via Providoor from 30 October to 7 November.
Tapas picnic from Bomba
Give your picnic a Spanish twist with a spread designed for two from Bomba. Their hamper costs $90 and comes with Serrano ham, salad, potato tortilla and chocolate torta. And a choice of Bellinis or beer. Click and collect from Bomba, or order online through Providoor.