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French Summer Holiday Picnic

Summer is a season filled with outings & friends paired with good food & wine. One of our favorite summer outings is to head to the park with a lovely picnic in our wicker basket. This classic European picnic is perfect for a little holiday getaway in the park – perhaps enjoying the glimmer of the Eiffel tower in the distance. 🙂

We handpicked a few of our favorite imported cheeses and meats along with some in season fruits. What’s so lovely about this is you can completely tailor the style of your picnic to your taste!
We chose a lovely Rosé for a refreshing, crisp wine; it’s taste pairs wonderfully with some imported cheeses from France.
Fresh baguettes are a MUST for an true European picnic. We baked up a quick batch in the steam oven for the evening. Bring some apricot jam for spreading.

When it comes to cheese, the market is full of many options so it can be hard to decide! Start simple; the more you try, the more you will discover what you love. Begin by choosing a hard cheese and a soft cheese. One of our latest favorites is the lovely Balsamic BellaVitano cheese. The flavor is sharp, with a hint of sweetness which comes from the balsamic.
Pack up all your market finds in a basket and head to your evening destination! Don’t forget a few wine glasses and a picnic blanket! Enjoy the sunset as you sip & savor a taste of Europe in the company of loved ones.

French Summer Holiday Picnic



  • Whispering Angel RosĂ©

Cheeses & Meats

  • CrĂ©meux du Jura
  • Balsamic BellaVitano
  • Molinari Dry Salame

Grains & Crisps

  • Fresh baguettes
  • Parmesan cheese crisps

Fruits & Nuts

  • Red grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Fresh mission figs
  • Dried apricots
  • Almonds
  • Apricot jam



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