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LAVISH HIGH TEA

Cathy Hallewell’s picnic hampers are tailored to special

occasions and she’ll deliver almost anywhere within

cooee of her Gold Coast base (beyond the Gold Coast metro area

there’s likely to be an additional delivery fee) – whether it’s to the

beach or a backyard. Cathy also has some of her own favourite

picnic spots to suggest to out-of-towners or anyone lost for choice

– for example, the Gold Coast’s own secret garden, the Botanic

Gardens at Benowa that not even many locals know, or Paradise

Point Parklands.

Cathy (

pictured below

) packs hampers for two to 10 people or

caters for party picnics for 10-50 people and hamper packages

start from a Rise and Shine brunch menu to the romantic Love

and Sunshine hamper for two. However, feeling the need for a

sweet pick-me-up on a sunny afternoon, our pick is the Gold High

Tea which includes fresh-baked scones with raspberry conserve

and vanilla bean cream, gourmet sandwich bites, triple chocolate

brownie bites, signature sticky date and salted caramel buttercream

cupcakes, Lindt chocolate-dipped strawberries and macarons. Rug

and cushions are provided with the hamper and all equipment.

Primary school teacher Cathy is a passionate baker and makes

all the delicious items on her menu so hampers are only available

for delivery at weekends and need to be ordered a week in advance.

Cathy has an eye for style and her picnics are lavish with attention

to detail. Prices start at $140 for two (Love and Sunshine).

To order call or text 0417 791 425 or see

www.picnicperfection.com.au/shop/hampers

From a delicious brunch for

two to a lavish high tea there’s a

picnic made to order for almost

any occasion. Here are five of

the best …

Perfect

picnics

IN THE PARK

The City Botanic Gardens is Brisbane’s oldest park, a sprawling

20 hectares of tree-lined avenues, spongey lawns and ornamental

ponds that provide a tranquil respite from the city buzz just metres away.

Once upon a time the area was planted with food crops by convicts to feed

the prison colony before it became designated a ‘Botanic Reserve’ and was

used as an experimental farm to test the growing conditions for all sorts of

species from fruits (mango, pawpaw, grape vines) to trees (poinciana and

jacaranda) and even tobacco. The park’s great shady boulevards – Bunya

Walk that skirts the river’s edge and Weeping Fig Avenue – are centuries

old. A picnic here after a free guided walk or during a self-guided walk is a

delight any day of the week in summer.

A family picnic basket prepared by The Gardens Club (once the curator’s

cottage and now a café) in City Botanic Gardens includes fresh-made

sandwiches, tropical fruit salad, cold drinks and a selection of sweet treats

made by Brisbane cake artisan Judy C for four people; cost $60. Or a

couple might like the snack basket of olives, pickles, deli meats, dips,

cheeses and sweets by Judy C as well as cold drinks for $50. There’s a

refundable deposit on the picnic basket of $20 and baskets need to be

returned by 4pm on the day but that leaves plenty of time to linger over

lunch. Baskets can be ordered on the day at the café (and prepared while

you wait), or in advance. To order call 3012 9606 or order online at

http://thegardensclub.com.au/picnic-baskets/ To find out more about City Botanic Gardens see www.brisbane.qld.gov. au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens

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