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Planning the Perfect Picnic in the City

Spring showers have made way for some summer sun, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than by celebrating National Picnic Month? Enjoy delicious eats while soaking up some vitamin D, whether you’re an amateur chef or clueless in the kitchen, thanks to BakeGood.ca, Eataly Toronto and Oretta Midtown.

Start in the kitchen


Whether you’re prepping fresh, flaky croissants, a soft loaf of bread for perfect sandwich-making, or hamburger buns as a vessel for the grill master’s work, there’s always a place for some fresh baked goods at a picnic. The team at Fleischmann’s launched BakeGood.ca last year as a hub for home bakers to find recipes like these, discuss their baking questions and successes, and learn more about products like Fleischmann’s Bread Booster that make baking a breeze.

Get a bit of help from Eataly’s experts


For the best picnic experience, fresh air should be paired with equally fresh food. Eataly Toronto not only has a wide selection of authentic Italian snacks and dry goods, but also several counters serving fresh ingredients to boost your al fresco feast.


Many of Toronto’s parks have charcoal grills available for public use, so stop by Yorkville’s Italian mecca to grab your meats for grilling from the market’s La Macelleria (butcher counter). Plus, for expert grilling tips, check out this guide from Eataly’s butchers! If you’re a charcuterie lover, be sure to pick up a meat and cheese platter crafted by pros at the Salumi & Formaggi counter while you’re there.

Leave the prep to someone else


Perfect for a quick pickup while en route to a nearby park or a stop for a quick patio bite, the Caffe at Oretta King West is sure to sweeten any outing. With a bistro-style patio tucked just off King St. W., both lunchtime patio-goers and picnic pit-stoppers alike will discover some delicious treats to enjoy. The Caffe’s ever-evolving menu serves staples like coffee, beer and wine, sandwiches, Italian bombolone and more.


If you’re planning a more extravagant al fresco experience that’ll leave friends and family feeling full of joy (and full of delicious Italian dishes,) both Oretta Midtown and Oretta King West offer take-out and delivery via Doordash and Uber Eats. Place a pickup order for a Neapolitan-style pizza from King West for your insta-worth Trinity Bellwoods picnic spread, or have the refreshing and bright Insalata Agrumi and more from Oretta Midtown delivered straight to your preferred midtown picnic spot.


Whether filling your basket entirely with homemade treats, dressing it up with the help of local experts or leaving food prep to the pros, picnicking is the perfect way to get some fresh air while exploring new areas of the city. So, what are you waiting for?