It’s been dubbed Sydney’s picnic day, but whatever you want to call it from September 13, 2021, fully-vaxxed residents will be allowed to picnic with up to five people in their same LGA and within 5km of each person’s home. So while you pick out the spot to meet friends and family, we’ve done the hard yards to round up a raft of picnic hampers from local businesses to the professionals who know which cheese can make or break a picnic.
Hailing from the legends at Glorietta in North Sydney comes Chicken Paradiso, an online charcoal chicken shop where you can buy a whole wood-fired chicken to share with shaker fries and side salads, or a fried chicken sandwich and buttermilk fried chicken. Order here for delivery or pick up.
Bel & Brio
Bel & Brio’s Italian antipasto picnic boxes are filled with sliced charcuterie, a wide selection of Australian and European cheeses, crackers, fruits and condiments to pair and sweet treats to finish. Customise your picnic hamper with their curated range of Australian, French and Italian wines as well as spirits and cocktails from the extensive Bel & Brio Cellar. Delivery is available within 5km of Barangaroo, from 11 am to 3 pm / 5 pm to 9 pm. Pick up is available every day from 11 am to 9 pm. Order directly through the Bel & Brio app or website.
For just $42.90, you can get a large BBQ chicken, a large salad and fries, and a 1.25L drink. The picnic packs are available for contactless pickup across all 17 stores in Sydney; Annandale, Beecroft, Bondi Beach, Coogee, Dee Why, Drummoyne, Frenchs Forest, Lane Cove, Mona Vale, Mosman, Neutral Bay, Randwick, Rose Bay, St Ives, Wahroonga, Willoughby, and Woollahra. Order via the app.
Chiswick’s picnic pack features Australian producers such as Vannella, Long Paddock and Drunken Sailor, not to mention their signature Barra-Masalata with crispy bits. Treat yourselves to a locavore’s dream this weekend. Order here.
Looking to recreate the perfect Aperitivo session with your friends? Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine with the OTTO Aperitivo Pack. Prepared by restaurant chefs and delivered via cold freight, the picnic pack is ready to go at the location of your choice. Providoor delivers OTTO to Sydney Metro, regional NSW including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Newcastle & Wollongong, as well as Canberra metro. Deliveries are made Thursday – Sunday between 9 am and 6 pm. Order here.
Is there anything more iconic than a seafood picnic in Sydney? This fancy spread from Bar Suze is sure to level up your picnic day. Available in three varieties including hot seafood pack, elite seafood picnic with drinks, and classic seafood picnic, you can pick up a pre-made pack starting from $100-$250. Inside each hamper, you’ll find an assortment of seafood from oysters, smoked prawns, and grilled octopus to fish tacos, chips, green beans, and baguettes with whipped butter. Available for pick-up or delivery Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Order here.
Jacqui Challinor and her NOMAD team just launched NOMAD Picnic packs so you can enjoy the iconic dishes on your picnic. For $150 you can get a picnic hamper serving two, which features a tote bag, selection of charcuterie, lamb pide, a cheese selection, fairy bread cookie sandwich, rocky road, a bottle of rose, outdoor glassware, and all the plates and cutlery you need. They’ve also teamed up with Everleigh Bottling Co, to offer a special hamper for $170 with sparkling cocktails, and all the foods you get in the NOMAD packs. You can also bombolone of the day to takeaway. Order here.
For the cheese aficionados, The Stinking Bishops in Newtown is your go-to for all things cheese. They have a 3 cheese hamper, an ultimate hamper, and a cheese and meat hamper available for pick up and delivery. The 3 cheese hamper costs $65 and features a soft cheese, hard cheese, and washed rind, along with quince paste and crackers. If you’re looking for something meatier, the cheese and meat hamper includes two kinds of cheese, salamis, wagyu pastrami, and prosciutto, as well as the usual accompaniments. This hamper costs $95.
Call 0295506116 or DM them on Instagram to order your delivery. They offer same-day delivery in some cases.
Fish and chips in the park are a summer necessity. Although this isn’t necessarily a hamper, you can order takeaway from Fish Shop and pack your own DIY picnic basket, complete with restaurant-quality picnic staples, including their infamous fish burger. Fish Shop is open Monday – Friday 12 – 3pm and 5 – 8:30pm / Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 8:30pm. Order here.
Centennial Homestead, which is conveniently located in Centennial Park is offering picnic hampers available for pre-order. Hampers start at $40 per person, with a minimum of two people. In the hamper, you will find a selection of meats including dry aged prosciutto, salami, cheeses, olives and grapes, sweet potato hummus and crackers to scoop it up with. There is also sandwich options, a salad, and dessert. You can add a bottle of wine too. Pick up your hamper from The Pantry, located behind the restaurant.
Sometimes you can simply trust the name of a business to deliver an exceptional experience. The Sydney Picnic Co have mastered the art of the picnic, and are sharing it with you by creating picnic hampers for all occasions and tastes. They offer four options starting from $160 and can include smoked trout, burrata salads, roast chicken, a selection of charcuterie, beef fillet, marinated olives, and brownies for dessert. Order here.
Beloved local cafe Percy Plunkett in Penrith has packaged up their best dishes, so you can enjoy a picnic with all your faves, Their Breakkie Box, which costs $49 is filled with deep dish pancakes, fresh fruits, scones, jams, and butterscotch sauce to drizzle. They also have a picnic at home box with two paninis including the fillings such as pastrami, cheddar cheese, pickles, tomatoes and aioli. You will also find mini croissants and a slice of banana bread. The lunch box is by far a favourite with crumbed chicken sliders, sweet potato falafels, carrot fritters, pita bread with hummus and fattoush salad. Order here for pick up and delivery.
There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.
Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.
To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
Tuck into a Fireball Burger
Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here.
For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.