Spring has finally sprung. which means we get to spend far more time outside soaking up some much-needed vitamin D! A picnic is the best way to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny spring day and luckily for us, beautiful South Africa provides an almost endless supply of places to picnic with friends, family and your special someone. But what if you want to spoil a loved one with a surprise anniversary picnic or you want to host a birthday picnic for 20 people with no mess or fuss? If you can’t be bothered to pack your own picnic basket, then fear not because there are loads of picnic catering companies in South Africa who are ready and waiting to pack the picnic basket of your dreams! Here are 5 must-try picnic catering companies in South Africa!

1. Picnic Company – Cape Town

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If you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or even end-of-year function with a laid-back picnic then you need to give Picnic Company a call! This clever company offers a wide array of mind-blowing gastronomical delights for you and your guests to relish. With many years of experience in the catering business, Picnic Company can help you plan any event to perfection – from event conceptualization to hiring crockery, cutlery and glassware and inventing the perfect menu to suit your event they can do it all. Whether it’s an intimate picnic for two at Kirstenbosch gardens or a corporate picnic for staff at your office gardens there’s nothing Picnic Company can’t do! They have an almost endless array of picnic menus to offer clients including breakfast picnics, kiddies’ picnics and canape platter picnics.

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2. Dial-a-Picnic – nationwide


From over-the-top feasts for a crowd to simple snacks or an intimate picnic for two, Dial-a-Picnic can do it all. These guys are really passionate about picnics and always go to the nth degree for their clients. When you arrange a picnic with them, they ensure that your every whim is met – from the soft blankets and comfy, colourful cushions to the cold meats, pates, breads and sweet treats, made with love, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a picnic with Dial-a-picnic. Right down to tying your cutlery with satin ribbon and personalising your picnic basket and contents, they will do it all for you. Based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, Dial-a-Picnic have fine crafted the art of picnicking for weddings, marriage proposals, romantic celebrations, birthday parties or corporate team building events.

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3. Gourmet Picnic Food – Somerset West, Cape Town

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If it’s a personal touch you want then Gourmet Picnic Food is the company you want. Their delicious picnic food is just a click away and can de delivered straight to your door or picnic spot free of charge (if you’re in the Helderberg area) or at R90 (for the rest of Cape Town). We love that they only use fresh flavours and local, seasonal ingredients to satisfy your taste buds. This little picnic company is always ready to create a memorable foodie experience for its clients and hungry customers can either choose one of their pre-planned basket options or create their own with the food that you fancy. With everything from Christmas picnics to staff hampers and picnic boxes for corporate picnics, there’s something for everyone on their menu.

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4. The Bakyard Catering – Johannesburg

Backyard Catering

This unique Joburg company specialises in home-style, tasty and delicious cooking, presented with a rustic charm and grace. Whether it’s a laid-back picnic in your garden or a big corporate celebration, The Backyard Catering can help! With a wide range of pre-planned menus to choose from as well as super flexible bespoke options, there’s really no reason not to use these guys! Take all the work out of entertaining at home and let Backyard Catering provide you with delicious eats and treats, so you can spend more time mingling with your guests. Your menu choices can either be dropped off on the day, or prepared in your kitchen by their chefs and served by their friendly waiters.

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5. The Picnic Pantry – Johannesburg

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If you have no idea where to start then The Picnic Pantry will help you conceiving the perfect picnic basket according to your theme, concept and budget. Choose to munch on a French-inspired picnic of freshly baked baguette, chicken liver pate, cheese and meats with preserves, home-made, Quiche Lorraine and more or keep it healthy with a Gluten-free basket filled with cheese, hummus, gluten-free bread, Mediterraneann vegetable frittatas, pan roasted lemon thyme chicken thighs, fruit skewers, and gluten-free carrot cake. There’s bound to be something to tempt your tasetubs on all their menus! Check out their pre-plannd menu suggestions or customise your feast to cater for any dislikes, allergies or food intolerances. Starting at just R105 per person for a snack box picnic Picnic Pantry is an affordable and easy option for your next catered picnic!

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