Picnic Season

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting a little longer , what better thing to do than have a picnic? I went to one in the park this past weekend. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect – what else do you need? First off – a great group of friends really do make the picnic experience well worth all the effort and time put into setting one up. The company you keep is what will help enhance a picnic – people who want to be there and contribute (whether it’s bringing some food, helping organize activities or helping to cook the food).

The location of the picnic is very important depending on what you want to do and how many people will be attending. We had about 20-30 people this past weekend and the park my friends chose was perfect, G Ross Lord Park. Large open field for group activities like volleyball, soccer, three-legged races, water balloon tossing and human wheelbarrow races! Picnic tables have always been a hot commodity so it’s always good to arrive early to claim your territory.

The idea of picnic foods has evolved to include more variety – my friends decided to do a BBQ as well instead of just sandwiches, fruit and drinks. There was grilled burgers and spiducci as well as porchetta (a savoury, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition.) – it was delicious! Also, I haven’t been on a picnic that uses a picnic basket yet – note to the bf, we need to have a romantic picnic sometime this summer 😉

Aside from having lots of fun, one thing that I realized throughout the day was the amount of waste in plates/cutlery/napkins/cups that were created from using disposable ones.  I understand that with a large group of people, it’s way more convenient than using real plates, cutlery and cups. A more eco-friendly option would be to use compostable ware (such as these sets from Bambuhome). Sometimes it might be a little more expensive but if everyone chips in a couple of dollars, it becomes quite reasonable and every little bit helps to keep this world a cleaner place.

Some tips to make the best of your picnicking experience:

  • Sun protection: it is always great to soak in some extra Vitamin D but don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses and hats – you don’t want to burn
  • Staying hydrated: being in the sun for too long and having loads of fun often lead to forgetting about keeping hydrated. Bring a cooler and fill it with water, Gatorade or other beverages and remember to drink often!
  • Seating: if you can’t claim a picnic table, bring your own foldable chairs (inexpensive, such as this Canadian Flag chair from Canadian Tire) or just bring some blankets
  • Music: bring a small portable stereo and plug in your music player – it’s great to be able to chill out to some great music

What are some of your favourite picnic experiences or locations? I plan on going on more picnics this summer!

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