**We’ve updated this list – check out the 2012/2013 version here **
Summer has returned and, with it, the urge to venture outdoors and spend as much time as possible lazing in the sunshine.  We Capetonians are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to summer activities, but one of my favourites is enjoying a leisurely picnic in a beautiful setting.  It’s informal and laid back and there are so many different ways of doing it that suit all kinds of budgets and taste.

And so once again I find myself creating a list of picnic options in Cape Town – split into three different groups:  Picnic Baskets (the kind you order in advance, usually on wine farms), Picnic Concerts (picnics at concerts) and Picnic BYO (great places for picnics, and some ideas on where to find awesome goodies to fill your own basket).

In this post, it’s all about wine farms and other picturesque locations offering picnic basket options.

The list below will morph and grow with time, as I discover and try more picnics – so if there’s something I’ve left out, please share the info by leaving a comment below, and I’ll see about adding it to the list! Please please treat this list as a guide only – ALWAYS phone the picnic organisers (most require bookings anyway) before you go, to avoid disappointment.

Picnics in Cape Town

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Picnics in the Cape Winelands

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Buitenverwachting ‘The Picnic Basket’

Buitenverwachting Estate, Klein Constantia Rd,  Constantia.

Buitenverwacthing Picnic BasketRelax under the beautiful oaks of Buitenverwachting Estate… A veritable feast!  Tables and chairs are provided (if you want them) and there’s a very strictly applied maximum number of picnics allowed (which means it doesn’t get overcrowded).

R125 per person. Picnic hampers for children under 10 years of age: R45.00 per child. No credit cards accepted.
Dates & Times:
Open November to April; Monday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. Closed over Christmas and the New Year. Picnics served from 12 midday to 4pm (closing at 4pm)
Adrienne (021) 794-1012 Cell: 083 257 6083

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Casa Labia Picnics

Casa Labia, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Casa Labia PicnicsChildren’s menu includes a sugar fruit stick, a whole wheat cheese roll, a cup cake, fruit juice and a little surprise toy for R50.00.

Picnic hampers cost R285 per couple. Cash bar available on the terrace.
Bookings for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) qualify for a special price of R335.00 for the adult basket and two kids packs.
Dates & Times:
Every Saturday from 12noon to 3pm during the summer period.
Picnics work on reservations only. Bookings for the baskets would need to be made and confirmed by Friday at 10am.

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Roundhouse Rumbullion Picnics

The Roundhouse, Kloof Nek, Cape Town
Roundhouse Rumbullion
The Roundhouse Rumbullion offers ‘tapas picnics’, where you select what you’d like from a list of possible options (varying from jars of pickled olives to cheese burgers with wedges).

The views from the Roundhouse lawns are spectacular – go early to secure a good table (and book for more than two, if you want a table to yourselves).

Cost: Variable, depending on what you order (view Menu)
Dates & Times:
Wednesday to Sunday, lunchtime.
Tel. 021 438 4347 / Email info@theroundhouserestaurant.com

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Steenberg Winery Picnics

Steenberg Vineyards, Steenberg, Cape Town

Steenberg Vineyards now offers gourmet picnics for visitors. The menu looks fantastic! It’s put together by Food Fanatics, with ingredients sourced locally from fantastic ethical producers like Cure Deli (charcuterie) and Dalewood Fromage (cheeses, yum).

And, I’m happy to report that everything in the picnic hamper is biodegradable: from the recycled wine cartons to food containers and cutlery. I’ll be going along soon to try it out myself and will report back on the experience!

Cost: R300 for a basket for two, including a bottle of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot (vegetarian option available at same price).
Dates & Times: Picnics served daily on weekends between 11am and 5pm.
Bookings:Tel. Lida – (021 713 2211)
Menu: Steenberg-Picnic Menu (subject to change)

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Picnics in the Cape Winelands

Allée Bleue

Intersection R 45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein (map)

Allee Bleue Picnic

Shaded by an historic oak tree, freshly made picnic baskets are served to you from the picnic gazebo and an ice bucket to keep your drinks chilled.

Menus are priced at R145.00 per person, which includes 0.5l mineral water, coffee or tea and a seasonal gift from the Allée Bleue Estate. Children are well catered for with a menu priced at R45.00 per child and the kids can safely play in the picnic area that is secured by an attractive Cape Dutch wall.

Available every day of the week, weather dependent, bookings for picnics at Allée Bleue Wine Estate are essential.

R 145.00 per person, R 45.00 for children under 10 years
Dates & Times:
Open daily from 11h30 – 15h00
info@alleebleue.com / Tel. +27 (0) 21 874 1021/2/3

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Boschendal’s ‘Le Pique-Nique’

Boschendal Estate, Stellenbosch

Boschendal Le Pique Nique

During the summer months Boschendal’s Le Pique-Nique provides the ideal setting for simple French-Style country meals. Picnic hampers filled with simple country fare are served from a gazebo, relax and enjoy the fare at tables and chairs set in the shade of fragrant pine trees.

R150.00 per adult excluding beverages and service – baskets packed in servings of 2, 3, 4, and 5 each. R59.00 per child (under 10) excluding beverages and service. Valid until May 2012.
Dates & Times:
1 October 2011 – mid May 2012 (weather permitting – cancelled if raining). Baskets to be collected between 12.15pm & 1.30pm. They may be collected later – by arrangement.
Tel.: +27 (0) 21 870 4272/3/4/5 | Email: reservations@boschendal.com
Menus: Picnic Menu | Vegetarian Menu
Good to know: Maximum seating capacity: 180. No BYO – No Bring Your Own Wine.

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Delheim Riverside Picnics

Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

Delheim Picnic

Enjoy a gourmet picnic on the scenic lawn at the riverside behind the cellar. No BYO – the full range of Delheim wines is available at cellar door prices.

Basket for 2 people @ R260 (excl additional beverages), basket for 4 people @ R520 (excl additional beverages). Children under 12 @ R65. Vegetarian option available on request (same price).
Available every day, Monday to Sunday until end April 2012
restaurant@delheim.com or (021) 888-4607 (book by latest 10h30 on the day)

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Solms-Delta Picnics

Delta Road, Off the R45, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek Valley

Solms Delta Picnic

Solms-Delta has ‘winefarm’ picnics available, made by Fyndraai chef Shaun Schoeman and his team. A personal guide will carry your basket and blanket and assist in selecting a quiet spot on the forested banks of the Dwars River or overlooking the private Solms lake.

Guests are more than welcome to cool off in the river shallows, so pack your costumes and towels! Numbers are limited to ensure a level of privacy.

Pre-booking is essential. The baskets are freshly packed upon your arrival, so please expect a short wait (maximum 15 minutes) before being escorted to the river.

Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn 2010, soft drinks or Solms-Delta Vogelvrij Spring Water bottled at source on the estate, is also included in each basket for two.

R135 per adult (view menu).  R65 per child. (View menu)
Picnic season starts 1 September. Fyndraai is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 5:00pm
+ 27 (0)21- 874-3937

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Spier Picnics

Spier Estate, Lynedoch, near Stellenbosch.

Spier Picnics

Awesome picnics at Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch. Superb lakeside atmosphere (complete with plenty of ducks) and lots of gently swishing trees provide shade. Pony rides for kids.

The deli is currently closed for renovations (until 1 December 2011), so pre-booked picnics are currently only  available over weekends and public holidays.  These are catered by Eight, a wonderful ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant which serves delicious meals made from locally-sourced naturally-grown produce.  From the 1st of December, though, you will once again be able to book picnics every day of the week via an online facility.  No private picnics are allowed, but if you don’t want to buy a whole picnic basket, you can instead pick up items from Eight To Go, a ‘take-away’ version of Eight which is due to launch in early December (love the sound of that!).

Cost:  R150 per person, or R240 for two (this cost may change when the online facility becomes available in December).
Dates & Times:  Currently available only on weekends and public holidays.  From 1 December 2011, picnics available every day of the week.
Bookings: Tel. 021 809 1100  (online bookings available from 1 December 2011)

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Warwick Gourmet Picnics

On the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts.

Warwick gourmet picnic

At Warwick we strive for simplicity but this doesn’t mean that you should compromise on flavour. Our Gourmet Picnic experience was designed to provide a balance between the freshest seasoned ingredients and a flavour profile that will satisfy the most sophisticated Gourmand.

Gourmet Picnic basket: R299.00 serving two guests
Vegetarian Picnic basket: R299.00 serving two guests
Kids Basket: R49.00 per child under 12 years of age

Dates & Times: 
Guests can collect and pay for their picnics upon arrival at the Bistro counter.
11:30 – 12:30, 12:30 – 13:30, 13:30 -14:30 7 Days a week – 365 days per year
Call 021 884 3144 or email visit@warwickwine.com

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Zewenwacht Picnics

Zewenwacht Estate, Langverwacht Rd, Kuils River

Zewenwacht picnics

Zewenwacht offers a variety of picnic options: the Estate basket, Vegetarian basket, as well as the kiddies hamper as well as two braai basket options (they provide the meat, wood etc – you braai it). Other goodies such as chips, chocolates, hot beverages and the estate’s wines can be purchased at the picnic kiosk. (View Picnic Menu 2011/2012)

The estate will be unveiling their recently upgraded picnic facility in early 2012. This includes “a superb brand new children’s play park, comprising of wooden jungle gyms, swings, slides and climbing ropes for the little Tarzans!” They have also laid down lawn over an extensive area, adjacent to their helipad, where patrons can either make use of picnic benches or alternatively use picnic blankets (available on a loan basis) to enjoy the “gastronomic delights that (the) chefs have put together in the baskets”.

Estate Basket – R280 per basket for 2 people.
Vegetarian Basket – R280 per basket for 2 people.
Kids Basket – R60 per child.
Braai Basket Option 1 – R280 per basket for 2 people
Braai Basket Option 2 – R360 per basket for 2 people.
18 September 2011 to May 2012
Tel: (021) 903 5123 / email: restaurant@zevenwacht.co.za
Good to Know:
Conditions for the Braai Basket: Minimum of two baskets to be ordered / Order must be made 72 hours in advance / We supply wood, firelighters, grid & a braai area / Braai to be made & supervised by yourselves. / Please ensure that all fires are thoroughly extinguished.

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