Picnic and BBQ season is here! Now’s the perfect time to combine the two and pair your feast with a refreshing Boldwin. Putting a picnic together is quick and easy: Just call some friends, pack a Frisbee, throw in a few cans of Bolwin and something for the grill, and you’re set to go!
Here are a few ideas to help you get set up.
Long, warm days mean more time spent in the great outdoors and impromptu get-togethers with friends and family. When you need to be ready in a jiffy, be sure to have your picnic basics on hand so you can pick up and go:
What’s on the menu?
As well as serving traditional sandwiches, you can bring along a portable BBQ and open up a world of delicious options. If you have time to prepare your food, try marinating or seasoning meat in advance, or stop by your favourite butcher’s for cuts that are already prepared.
Serving fish or shrimp? Wrap them in parchment paper or place on skewers with a side of pre-cut veggies to grill or add to your skewers. For dessert, try fruit grilled on the BBQ—like strawberry skewers—or make the most of peach season by dipping peach halves in maple syrup or honey and sprinkling with cinnamon.
Don’t forget BBQ classics: a plate of raw veggies and tip, melon slices and berries. For a fun and delicious twist, put together a gazpacho or other cold soup and serve in glasses. Much easier than trying to balance a bowl on your lap!
What’s to drink?
Spending hours in the sun means drinks are an important part of your menu. Your ice-cold Boldwin is a must, but remember to drink water, too. Freeze your water bottles beforehand so they stay chilled for longer while helping to keep your cooler cold. Same goes for juice boxes!
Beware of heat and bacteria!
A summer picnic’s public enemy #1 is heat. Since picnics can go on for hours, you need to take precautions to avoid food poisoning.
Raw meat and fish are especially risky. Be sure to keep these at the bottom of your backpack or cooler to avoid contaminating other foods. They should also be cold when you leave the house, or else consider food that’s less likely to go bad. Next, surround any meat and fish with ice packs or pick up a bag of ice from the corner store.
Place any other perishable foods on top of the ice packs and be sure to open your cooler only when necessary to keep the contents cold. Put any food you’re done with back in the cooler right away. Bacteria multiplies quickly at room temperature and can cause food poisoning. Discard any leftovers that no longer look fresh or have become warm. Better than taking them home!
If you don’t have water and soap, be sure to bring along disposable wipes to disinfect your hands after handling raw meat.
Be prepared for picnic season—and enjoy the summer!