Lush grass, river, lake, sea or stream, clear skies and a feast that gives voice to vegetables as much as proteins. Too many picnics focus on the latter at the expense of the former. Cold wine is a must (in our household), but some Irish craft beer is a worthy contender. And don't forget the afters, a Victoria sponge with hot coffee.
A Waterford blaa to fill. Spiced beef (Cork and Christmas are too narrow a focus for such a wonderful protein). Fresh lemonade (reminds me of my granny and she had picnics covered).
I'd rarely be without some St Tola goat's curd and with that summer vegetables dressed with Newgrange Gold oil and not much else apart from salt and pepper.
Poached Irish wild salmon is something we are seeing coming back again (hurrah). Wrapped in tin foil, it travels well and only wants mayonnaise. Homemade, naturally!
Hatch & Sons' picnic packages provide the perfect excuse to pack a blanket and pop across to St Stephen's Green. Picnics include a blaa of your choice, bottle of Llewellyn's Irish apple juice, DP Connolly crisps and a freshly baked square cake for the discounted price of €12. 15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. (www.hatchandsons.co)