The best picnic foods (that aren’t all salads and sandwiches!)

From luxury picnic hampers to tasty and easy recipes, we’ve got it all covered - whether you’re going on a picnic date or having some fun in the sun with friends you’ll find something here for you to enjoy.

Picnic set-up with food and picnic basket

by Angelica Daujotas |

It's finally picnic season and that either means putting your snack making skills to the test, or sourcing the best deli deals in your local supermarket. For us it's "quick what can I order online?", and if you're anything like us, you want good food and fast!

With supermarket online deliveries and Amazon Fresh same-day delivery on offer, getting picnic-perfect food delivered and ready for the weekend has never been easier. From hampers to picnic-ready drinks in a can, we've found a variety of products perfect for picnicking and enjoying in the sun, that you can pick up online and some in-store too!

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If you're keen to improve your cooking skills, we've selected our favourite recipes that are both tasty and super easy to make especially if you're looking to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. They'll go down a treat and have all your picnic guests amazed at your talent.

So, whether you're planning a couples picnic for a date or a big picnic bash for all your friends, we've ensured there's something for everyone to enjoy, with veggie picnic snacks galore!

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Party for four or intimate picnic for two? There's a hamper for every occasion and here are our favourites.

Build your own picnic hamper from scratch with a selection of these tasty snacks and treats, picnic-perfect and ready-to-eat right away.

No picnic is complete without a few refreshing drinks to enjoy to beat the heat! Check out our selection of our favourite picnic-ready drinks, ready for you to enjoy right away.

Best picnic food recipes

Feel like making your own picnic-perfect treats and snacks? We've scoured Pinterest to give you the best picnic food recipes that are tasty and most importantly easy to make!

Caprese avocado salad

Now this is a summer-ready salad we can get behind! Light, refreshing, and super easy to make, it will be a huge hit at any picnic.

Tomato & basil balsamic bruschetta

Mmmm we could look at this beauty all day - the perfect light and delicious snack for a picnic.

Ham & cheese roll-ups

Pastries are perfect for picnics, it helps that they're also super simple to make. A treat the whole family can enjoy, both hot or cold.

Strawberry brownie skewers

Skewers aren't just for savoury snacks - these strawberry and brownie kebabs make a wonderful treat and a great dessert at any picnic set-up.

Got all the food and drinks sorted? Pick yourself up some essential picnic accessories to ensure you get the most for your day of picnicking.


How long can picnic food be left out?

FDA suggests that cold perishable food should be kept in a cooler at 4 °C or below until serving time. Once you’ve served it, it should not sit out for longer than TWO hours. {#h-fda-suggests-that-cold-perishable-food-should-be-kept-in-a-cooler-at-4-c-or-below-until-serving-time-once-you-ve-served-it-it-should-not-sit-out-for-longer-than-two-hours}

How to carry picnic food?

There are multiple ways to carry picnic food, while backpacks can be great especially if you have one laying around, picnic baskets, bags and coolers are better suited.

How to keep picnic food cold?

A cool box! Coolers are the best way to keep your picnic food and drinks cold for longer.

Angelica Daujotas is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for, heatworld and Closer across beauty, tech, and lifestyle.

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