Spring has finally sprung, and picnicking season is upon us.  Picnics are a great way to get away from all the hustle and bustle and day-to-day distractions, or a way to get to know someone new, or to reconnect with friends and loved ones.

Here are some of my favorite romantic picnic foods.

Strawberries, Grapes, and Hand Fruits.

  • Strawberries are a delectable fruit that is synonymous with romance.  Whether chocolate covered, dipped in confectioners sugar, or just plain naked, the strawberry is probably the undisputed romance food.
  • Grapes, seedless red or white, are available almost any time, but for a real romantic treat try champagne grapes.  The fruit is much smaller, comes in tight little bunches, and has a great texture and mouth feel.
  • Apricots, mandarins, kiwi and plums are also small, sweet, and make for fantastic picnic romance fruits.

Brie, Gouda, Imported Danish Bleu.  Your local grocery store most likely has an imported cheese section, stocked full of smooth Bries, pungent Bleus, smoky Goudas, and even cave-aged Edams.  Whether you like mild or sharp, cheeses hold great on a hike and are a fantastic accompaniment to any picnic.

Wine, Sparkling Water, and Champagne
Let your palate decide your selection and alcohol content.  I prefer a red and a white, or a blush and a pair of champagne splits.  A bottle of sparkling water is also a good idea.

Most quality picnic sets will come with a wine bottle opener and wine glasses, but I’ve not seen any that come with one of the best inventions ever for a romantic picnic.  Wine glass holders!  There is nothing worse than spilling your wine while on a picnic.

Assorted chocolate truffles, liqueur-infused confections, hand made candies.  Dark chocolates and truffles hold extremely well in higher temperatures.  Stick to higher cocoa chocolates, or dusted truffles to avoid melting or sticking together.

Peasant Breads, Crusty Baguettes, Croissants
The best accompaniment to a quality cheese is a crusty French baguette or wholesome artesian bread.  No knife needed.  Just break and enjoy.  Buttery, flaky croissants are a personal favorite that is best enjoyed with smooth cheeses such as Brie, with a slice of apple.

Picnicking is a great way for a couple or even a family to get away and connect, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.  There are backpack picnic sets available for around $30 that come complete with cutlery, a cheese board and knife, wine glasses and opener, and even a picnic blanket.  Being a hiker, the backpack sets are my preferred way to go.  There is nothing better than heading up a mountain, finding a great lookout point, and breaking out a bottle of wine, a rustic peasant bread or baguette and cheese, and some fresh fruits and berries. If you bring the kids along, bring a bottle of juice or sparkling water, a few apples and oranges, and don’t forget the camera.