The Lazy Vegan Guide to a Lockdown Picnic

From Monday 20 September 2021, if fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation.


IT’S SPRING. I’m vaccinated, you’re vaccinated. The picnic basket that was abandoned in the shed 5 years prior, dusted off and pressure washed, is now good as new. We’re ready, babe. It’s picnic time.

But wait! You gesture to the basket, then to me in my super cute spring sundress get-up. “There’s nothing in the basket,” you say. “You didn’t make anything.”

You silly goose. “One does not cook for a picnic,” I roll my eyes, not unkindly. “One stops at Woolies on the way to said picnic.”

In other words, here is our ultimate lazy vegan guide to a lockdown picnic. No prep, no utensils, no worries. Enjoy!


1. Picnic-friendly fruit

Ah, nature’s candy. The trick to choosing picnic-friendly fruit is to determine which are the easiest to share and consume without mess. Pineapple? Delicious. But I’m NOT spending 20 minutes cutting up that prickly b*st*rd only for its juices to ruin my fit. 🙄 Instead, I’m opting for:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Mandarins

If you’re feeling fancy$$, chuck in some blackberries and raspberries.


2. Black Swan Roasted Garlic Hommus

Okay, holy grail dip. Garlic + hommus, say no more.


3. Dip-friendly veggies

Choosing dip-friendly veggies is the same concept as picnic-friendly fruit. No prep, please. That’s why we’ve got:

  • Qukes (baby cucumbers)
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery


4. Cobs Sweet n Salty Popcorn

THIS IS THE BEST POPCORN EVER. No hyperbole intended!!! Perfectly sweet, perfectly salty, undeniably moreish. Warning: you may demolish the bag before even arriving at destination.


5. Ajita’s Vege Chips

Does anyone else feel kind of ~healthy~ eating these??? Like obviously it’s still just as processed as other chips, but the fact that it’s always placed in the “health” aisle of Woolies/ Coles makes me feel like it’s healthier. A total moot point in the context of this shopping trip, but hey.


6. Bio Cheese Cheddar Slices

A picnic without cheese? Jail. For accessible vegan cheese, you can’t go wrong with these Bio Cheese Cheddar Slices. The fact that they’re pre-sliced is an added bonus for the purpose of this guide.


7. Veggie Delights Plant Based Pepperoni Slices

We only just discovered these this year, but MAN are they good!!! On a cracker, with cheese – heaven. By themselves – heaven. A must for any picnic spread!

8. Jatz Original

Have with dip. Have with cheese. Have with deli slices. Have by themselves. Delish. A classic.

9. Oreos

Of course, no picnic spread is complete without a little *something sweet*. Fruit is awesome, but so are Oreos.

10. Lipton Peach Iced Tea

Is it really a spring picnic without a side of iced tea? Me thinks not. Lipton never disappoints, and after recently getting into their sugar-free range, we can definitely recommend that too.

11. OPTIONAL: Pals Vodka, Watermelon, Mint & Soda Cans

If you enjoy a bevvy, I EMPHATICALLY recommend this one by Pals! It’s light, it’s refreshing, and the perfect spring/ summer seltzer to sip while on a picnic in the sun. Cheers!

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