Making mid-winter picnics both comfy and delicious

9 July, 2020

Top tips for making a meal in the great outdoors fun for everyone

After three months or so of staying at home as much as possible, it’s fantastic that NSW has flattened the COVID curve and we’re being rewarded with relaxed rules. And one of the things that’s allowed now is getting a group of up to 20 of your friends and family together in an outdoor environment.

This means that picnics are back on the agenda. “But it’s winter and it’s cold…” we hear you cry. Well, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, so let’s rug up, and bring those cosy vibes to your picnic plans.

Tip one: Layers are your friend

Honestly, we’re pretty lucky in Sydney. Even in the middle of winter, we can be blessed with clear and sunny 20 degree days. Especially if you find a spot out of the wind and in the sun. But those mornings and afternoons when the sun is lower can be chilly.

This means that dressing in layers that you can adjust to the conditions is a great idea. It’s particularly important if you’re getting kids ready for your picnic, as they can get warm pretty quickly if they are running around playing and get cold just as fast when they sit still to eat.

Tip two: Find your perfect picnic location

Around Chatswood, there’s so many great picnic locations to choose from. Some of our favourites include:

  • Lane Cove National Park, just down the hill from Chatswood West
  • Along the northside of Sydney Harbour, there’s Lavender Bay, Balls Head Reserve in Waverton, Balmoral, Cremorne, Clifton Gardens and so many more
  • Just down the road, you can enjoy Echo Point Park in Roseville or Davidson Park underthe Roseville Bridge.

And of course, for smaller groups, there’s plenty of neighbourhood parks and playgrounds that you can picnic in too!

Tip three: Grab your gear

Especially in winter, your picnic gear is important. Some of the kit you can consider getting is:

  • A good quality plastic-backed picnic rug to protect you from cold and damp ground – we like these bright and colourful options from Picnic Season
  • Flasks for keeping hot drinks and warm foods lovely and toasty – Japan Home Centre have a fantastic and well-priced selection
  • A second warm blanket for wrapping around your shoulders – Two Good Co have a ‘buy one, give one’ package from Tasmania’s Waverley Mill where you can also fund a blanket for a homeless person
  • Outdoor games – Planet Finska just down the road in Brookvale sell a massive range that are loads of fun for all ages

Don’t forget the food!

Of course, one of the most important elements of any picnic is the food! You can grab a range of stuff at Chatswood Interchange, whether that’s cheese and crackers at Woolies, a bowl of noodle soup or just a couple of coffees for mum and dad while the kids have a run.