How to host a French style summer picnic!

Photo credit: Kai Leishman

Sydney got into the gallic spirit over the weekend at So Frenchy So Chic In The Park 2015 a stylish celebration of all things French that blurs the lines between music festival and group picnic. Festivalgoers listened to amazing artists straight from Paris, nibbled on delicious French fare by the likes of Simmone Logue and sipped on French wine. It was such a fabulous day we thought ask the So Frenchy So Chic for their top tips to help you host a French-inspired picnic with similar joie de vivre at home!

The food

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This light salad by Simmone Logue is perfect for a summer picnic and would be amazing on it’s own or with some grilled fish or chicken as a side. And of course wouldn’t be a French picnic without a cheese platter!

French picnic salad, Simmone Logue, Simmone Logue's salad recipeSimmone Logue’s roasted pumpkin, kale and quinoa salad

Ingredients

For the salad
1kg pumpkin, roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper
1 bunch kale, roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper
500g quinoa
1 bunch coriander

1 bunch mint

1 bunch parsley

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup roasted walnuts

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 lemon, juice and zest

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

Salt and pepper
For the dressing
1 cup Tahini

1 cup yoghurt

1 tablespoon honey
1 lemon, juice

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Combine dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Toss all salad ingredients together. Check the seasoning, and drizzle with dressing before serving.

The tunes

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The crew at Cartell Music put together a great French playlist to get you started.

  1. Retiens mon desir, Clea Vincent
  2. Des Larmes, Emilie Simon
  3. La Malinche, Feu! Chatterton
  4. Trustful hands, The Do
  5. Dans la montagne, Moodoid
  6. It’s time to wake up, La Femme

The styling

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Bring a little of the French countryside into your garden with a few simple styling tricks.

  1. Try using vintage wine barrels as tables.
  2. Hay bails add some country flair. They can also double as seating.
  3. Fresh flowers are a must. Think outside the box with unexpected blooms like lavender.
  4. Skip the plastic esky and use lined vintage wooden crates filled with ice for storing drinks instead.