Our First Vegan Picnic

Our First Vegan Picnic

Back in June, we had a bit of a heatwave in London. We’re now in July and experiencing more cloud than we are sun. I guess that’s British weather for you! When it was nice and sunny, we decided to go for a picnic.

One of my favourite things about going vegan is trying to do things you would normally in a vegan-friendly way. In previous updates, I’ve written about replacing products, finding new pizza and trying new snacks. So, here’s how our vegan picnic went.

We went for a cycle

A picnic had been on the cards for a while, we were just waiting for the right weather. One sunny Saturday morning in June, we decided the day had come. It also happened to be the first day of my period too, fun! Even though I was sweltering, I layered up and popped my cup in. We decided to pick a location we hadn’t visited yet and was about half an hour away. I thought this would be a great way to build an appetite up!

We thought about what we’d normally have at a picnic and made it vegan

Since we were vegetarian beforehand, there aren’t many overwhelming differences. We used to get veggie cocktail sausages and Quorn scotch eggs. I’m sure there was some form of cheese present too. We just look for vegan alternatives, something similar, or make our own.

We tried to pick things that were easy to transport

Luckily enough, I got a super cute picnic basket for my birthday years ago. This was its first outting since we’ve moved here and it stayed on my bike pretty well. It comes with cutlery and two glasses, which are held in place. There isn’t a huge amount of room in there, but you’d be surprised. We went for small things, so it could carry more. Here’s what we had:

  • Falafel wrap
  • Mini french stick (pre-made)
  • Crisps
  • Carrots
  • Hummus
  • Two cans of rubicon (not pictured)
  • Beer (not pictured)
  • Sweets/chocolate (not pictured)

I made sure there was some comfort food too

Since it was a fun day out and I was on my period, I made sure there were some treats included too. I went for Oreos and Iain had some vegan-friendly strawberry laces. We took a huge bottle of water with us and I threw in a couple of cans of Rubicon too. It was a pretty fun day out!

I’m hoping we can do this again some time soon and perhaps make more of our food. It was a really hot day though, so we didn’t feel like eating much. If you are looking to do a vegan picnic though, this is pretty simple 🙂

We’re throwing our first vegan BBQ this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for a future post!



  1. July 21, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    The other day I had a lush vegan BBQ ‘burger’ – flat mushroom, pineapple rings, slices of pepper, layered with Vitalife cheese slices and peri-peri sauce. So good!!

    Liz x

    • Tara | C&CO.
      July 21, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Big fan of vitalife cheese too!

  2. July 29, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Me and my boyfriend keep saying we’ll go for a picnic soon, but now the weather is shitty again I don’t know if we will have a chance this year. Might have to do an indoor picnic… I love picnic food <3

    • Tara | C&CO.
      July 30, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      I know! I wish this weather would pick up, it’s July for god’s sake!!

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