Now that you’ve chosen your perfect Picnic Hotspot it’s time to focus on the food. From the freshest salads, to vegan treats, to a ripe cheeses these fabulous Dingle retailers stock everything you need to create a mouth-watering meal. Plus we're offering you the chance to win a picnic basket filled with goodies when you book one of our Dingle properties*
*Terms and conditions apply. See below for competition details.
Sarah Dolan’s ‘Crinkle Stores' is a small but perfectly formed foodie heaven that stocks artisan products from around the Dingle Peninsula. Visit her deli counter where you’ll find a range of fresh and flavoursome salads or grab one of her freshly ground coffees to go.
Address: Green Street, Dingle.
Grá Dingle Health Foods
Gra Dingle Health foods, run by Kate, is a small apothecary style shop selling an array nourishing tasty treats & delicious vegan or gluten free nibbles. They also stock a variety of raw chocolate, as well as Irish & artisan foods. All of which can be washed down with something sparkling & refreshing, such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer or kefir & kombucha. On Friday mornings Kate takes delivery of locally baked spelt bread & scones.
Address: Main Street, Grove, Dingle.
The Little Cheese Shop
Run by by Mark Murphy, who also runs the Dingle Cookery School, The Little Cheese shop sells a wonderful selection of cheeses and accompaniments. Since taking over the shop, Mark has reduced the number of cheeses stocked in order to focus on cheeses with a local connection. Don’t forget the crackers!
Address: Grey's Lane, Dingle
Win a fabulous picnic to be delivered during your stay in Dingle!
We're offering the chance to win this fantastic prize to anyone who books a stay with us in Dingle before 21st June. After booking all you have to do to be entered into the prize draw is send an email to [email protected] with PICNIC as the subject line. Entries must be received before 21st June. Picnic valid until October 31st 2018.
Here’s the Stay YNA essential guide for planning the perfect picnic!
Choose your spot - The whole idea behind a picnic is to enjoy the great outdoors so choose your spot wisely. If you need a inspiration you can see the hottest spots in Dingle in our last post. If you’re planning on taking your dog, you may want to consider checking if your chosen spot is pet friendly before you arrive.
Picnic packing - Forgetting the cutlery or a bottle opener can put a real downer on the day. Make a checklist that you can tick off as you pack your basket. We suggest:
Something comfortable to sit on - blankets, quilts, old table cloths or even large bath towels are great options.
Plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, glasses and a chopping board - If you prefer real crockery over plastic wrap it all up in what you’ll be sitting on to prevent breakages.
Cooler Packs - take plenty of these to ensure your picnic stays fresh until you’re ready to eat it. If space in your basket is is limited you can freeze your drinks so that they double as a cooler pack but don’t forget they’ll need to defrost before you can drink them.
Sunscreen and insect repellent
Board games, magazines and newspapers
Bin bags and baby wipes
And last but definitely not least….
A bottle opener and corkscrew!
Food and Drink
Picnics should be relaxed and leisurely affairs so be sure to pack easy to eat food that you can graze on as you take in the stunning scenery around you. Sandwiches are a natural choice but choose your fillings with care, there are few things worse than a soggy sandwich! It’s best to wrap sandwiches in greaseproof paper rather that plastic as this prevents them from sweating.
Sausage rolls and scotch eggs are also traditional staples of a picnic being portable and easy to eat but why not try something different, Frittata, chicken skewers, falafel, cheese, tarts and quiche all taste extra special when al fresco.
On a hot day there’s nothing quite like a chilled glass of Rose to wash down your picnic but for the non drinkers we suggest something light and refreshing such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer - all of which can be found at Grá Dingle Health Foods!
Book one of our properties in Dingle before 21st of June and be entered into our lucky prize draw to win a luxurious picnic basket to be delivered during your stay!