Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy the finer things in life, but when it comes to summer, we reckon picnics beat fine dining any day. There’s just nothing quite like a truck load of cheese, a few delish salads, some fresh bread and plenty of ciders to share with your mates on a warm summer’s day.
The crew at Somersby couldn’t agree more, which is why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you 7 reasons that picnics beat fine dining any day of the year, just in case you need convincing!
#1. The Great Outdoors!
When you live in Australia and you’re blessed with a summer as fine as ours, it would be rude to spend those days anywhere but a park, or the beach, or by the river… You get it. With balmy nights upon us, it’s the perfect time to pack your picnic hamper (and the mozzie repellent), stock up on cider and head outdoors.
#2. They’re Wayyyy Cheaper
Picnics are obvi cheaper than fine dining, but you’ve got two choices. You can be really tight and save loads of money, or you can go all out and buy the best cheese, bread, dips and drinks that money can buy, and it will still be way better than what you’d get for the same price at that fancy-pants restaurant down the road!
#3. You Get To Show Off Your Culinary Skillz
You’re a culinary god, but your mates are always inviting you out to restaurants and bars to pay $18 for a side salad and you’re too polite to say anything. Now is your time to shine. Even if you’re not a culinary whizz, it’s surprisingly easy to make a salad look super impressive—black sesame seeds, we’re looking at you. Sprinkle these on anything and you’ll trick everyone into thinking your salad tastes amazing.
#4. There Are No Judgey Waiters
So what if you want to eat half a loaf of bread. Or have an extra drink. Ain’t no one judging you at your picnic. Except your friends of course, but they already love you, plus you made that salad so you can do anything you want now.
#5. You Get To Eat With Your Hands
Let’s face it. Cutlery is for suckers. If we could have it our way we’d just take our entire cutlery draw and dump the contents in the bin. But we can’t, because you know, civilisation. But when you picnic, no one expects you to use cutlery. Except to eat that salad, please don’t put your hands in the salad bowl.
#6. You Get To Buy All Of The Cheese
We know you’ve been eyeing off all those fancy cheeses at your local gourmet deli, but buying four kinds of cheese is extravagant and unnecessary. So you put your tail between your legs and walk out with your regular old cheddar most days. But not today kind sir, not today! Today is the day you have the perfect excuse to buy all that cheese you’ve been eyeing off, and then making sure you get the lion’s share of it at the picnic!
#7 You Get To Lie Down—Before, During And After Your Meal
The most important reason picnics beat fine dining. Is there any restaurant that lets you lie down during your meal? You also get to choose your own beats, play Frisbee and go for mid-picnic walks to explore the area. So take a load off, grab an icy cold drink and soak up the sun with your friends.
Image credit: Louise Coghill
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