How to Pack the Perfect Picnic (with Woody’s, of course!)
The idea of a having a picnic has been around for centuries; in fact, the earliest usage of the word dates back to 17th century France, when it was referred to as a “pique-nique”. Not long after, the concept of a bit of al fresco dining spread across Europe, and the upper classes regularly gathered in a scenic outdoor spot to indulge in snacks and beverages. Nowadays, a picnic is something everyone can enjoy, and it is popular in South Africa since Mother Nature likes to show off in our country. But, if you are wondering how to pack the perfect picnic for your next outing, we’ve got you covered.
1. Getting the right foundation: select the right picnic blanket
Even on the sunniest of days, the ground can often retain some moisture from the night before, so you want to choose a blanket that is practical and comfortable. Our suggestion is one that has waterproof sheeting sewn at the bottom so that your base doesn’t get damp.
That will definitely ruin your picnic.
2. Say no to plastic: don’t use disposable cutlery, plates and cups
Over the years, plastic knives, spoons, forks and cups became staples because of the added convenience of simply tossing them away after usage (no one likes to wash dishes!). But we all have to come together for the sake of the environment; otherwise, we won’t be enjoying it for much longer. So be sure to pack regular cutlery and plates. Don’t worry; the clean-up will be minimal because you will mostly be packing finger food. And speaking of snacks…
3. Food, glorious food: Nom, nom, nom
Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) aside, the food maketh the “pique-nique”! And if you want to make your outing that much more memorable, you should pack some Woody’s-inspired smoked pork and bacon snacks and treats that are tasty and easy to eat.
Not only are sosaties a favourite in South Africa, but they are also perfect for a picnic because you don’t need any cutlery - take a look at how to whip up these Smoked Pork Belly and Peppadew Sosaties with a Thai Salad. Another great hand-held option is the good old mielie; of course, our version has a delicious bacon butter that will make your mouth water. Then, if you are in the mood for something that will fill your belly, pack some Bacon and Cheese Griller Hotdogs. It’s going to be a yummy picnic, for sure!
4. Stay hydrated: water, water, water
It’s doubtful that you will choose a cold and wet winter’s day to have a picnic, which means you will be out and about in the sun. And, if you decide to play games or run around with a pet, you want to make sure you have adequate water on hand. (Top tip: freeze some water bottles the night before and use them in your basket or cooler to keep some food fresh. It will defrost during your picnic and be ready for you to drink).
5. Pack an extra bag for rubbish: don’t be those people
Remember, cleaning up after your picnic is the right thing to do! We must ensure that Mother Nature is respected and well looked after. Please don’t rely on public bins, because not only are they few and far between but the wind could also pick up and scatter the trash all over. So, have fun, but be responsible and respectable.
And last, but certainly not least- to quote Baz Luhrmann: “Wear sunscreen!”.
For more Woody’s picnic options, Check out these Woody’s Recipes.