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Our Top Summer Picnic Ideas

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to spend the hot days than to get a few friends together for a picnic. Heres a few of our favourite tips and recipes for an idyllic summer picnic.

Grazing Platters

Grazing platters are a beautiful way to display all of your favourite snacks at your picnic. As well as tasting delicious, they make great photographs!

Use a large plate, platter or wooden chopping board to layout cheese, crackers, dips, cut-up vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, nuts or sweet treats.

Use little bowls for your dips- feel free to get creative here! Jars, teacups, ramekins, shot glasses all work well to keep your board from getting messy!

When assembling your board, put your big items on first, then fill the gaps with smaller items like nuts, blueberries, and chocolate.

Our favourite Source items to put on a Grazing Platter are things like:


Salads are perfect dishes to share amongst friends, and are very refreshing over summer. Here are some of our favourite recipes:

Mixed Bean Salad

Gourmet Grain & Rice Tabbouleh With Grilled Tofu


Dip cut vegetables, crackers, or chips, or spread on a sandwich for extra flavour!

Try making your dips from home to avoid single-use packaging. Here’s some of our faves:

Smoked Almond Dip

Home Made Hummus 

Baba Ghanoush With Pickled Apple, Walnuts & Paprika Oil

Finger Food

Food that you can eat with your fingers is oh so easy and fun. It also means you have more room in your tummy to try an array of things!

Give this really easy Gluten Free Garlic and Cheese Pullapart a go for your next picnic.

Or these tasty no-fuss Falafel Balls.

A Statement Dessert

A show-stopping dessert is a great way to impress your friends, and their tastebuds!

This Raw Lemon Caramel Cheesecake with Buckini base is absolutely divine! And the Lemon makes it a perfect summer dessert.

Or if you prefer a simpler dessert with flavour that will still blow you away, try these Chocolate Coated Salty Peanut Butter Balls.

A Refreshing Drink

A hot Summers day requires something to quench your thirst. Take a refreshing drink like kombucha along to your picnic.

All of the Source stores in New Zealand have Kombucha on tap, so make sure you pass by one on the way to your picnic location!

If you fancy an alcoholic version, here is a delicious Pineapple Ginger Kombucha cocktail!

Or this delightful Botanical Iced Tea!

Don’t forget your Re-usables!

The simplest way to cut down waste on your picnic is to bring your reusables! Think cups, cutlery, plates, bowls.

It photographs well and is great for the planet.

So grab your blanket, picnic basket and delicious food you have created and enjoy!

Tag us in your Summer picnics- show us your reusable picnic kit or delicious food! @thesourcenewzealand 

Our 6 stores across New Zealand are open! With all your plastic-free pantry and picnic essentials, ingredients, snacks and more!

Visit your local store to browse the aisles with over 400 quality products. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to provide you with all the recommendations and assistance you may need.

Everything Tastes Better Outdoors!

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