There’s no reason to put away the picnic hamper when the temperature drops. I’ve rounded up some easy and delicious winter picnic food ideas to get you outdoors when the cool hits.
From traditional picnic foods to some very portable dishes you may not have thought to pack in the picnic hamper. I’ve got hot and cold picnic food suitable for the cooler weather, from hearty meals to winter-worthy picnic snacks.
If you need picnic tips beyond a winter picnic menu, I also have fantastic picnic ideas for winter. From location ideas to how to keep warm and winter picnic essentials to make every cool-weather picnic successful.
Tips for Winter Picnics
From a family picnic in the snow to a romantic picnic on a cozy rug or feeding a crowd.
Winter Picnic FAQs
Look for recipes that are hearty and appealing to children, such as warming soups like this simple chicken soup, sandwiches like a tasty club sandwich, and easy-to-eat finger foods. See my selection of kid-friendly picnic foods for ideas. Also, ensure kids are dressed for the conditions and bring extra picnic rugs. They make great warmers for cold picnic seats.
People often look for hearty, warm dishes like stews and casseroles. But I also like the portable classics but with a seasonal twist. Hearty winter salads, hot and cold dips, simple soups, hot and cold finger food, and cozy sweet treats like gingerbread loaf and comforting chocolate fudge desserts.
Hot chocolate, mulled wine, and hot cider are favorites and are easy to keep warm and transport in a thermos.
Winter’s beauty is that you have less worry about desserts spoiling in the heat. In the spirit of portability, I enjoy cozy winter cakes like Gingerbread Cake with Orange Glaze, warming Mini Bundt Cakes with Coffee and Irish Cream, seasonal jumbo pumpkin muffins, or easy-to-make Snowball Cookies. Try my gorgeous Orange Upside Down Cake for a fresh twist on winter produce.
Winter Picnic Recipes
Soups, pies, sandwiches and salads. I’ve even got winter picnic sweets and some very warming picnic drinks.
Delicious and simple winter picnic menu ideas to suit all styles of picnics.
Warm Picnic Foods
Winter Picnic Dips
Winter picnics offer a unique and delightful way to enjoy the outdoors in the cooler months. With the right menu and a few practical tips to keep you and your food warm, you can easily transform a chilly day into a cozy outdoor feast.
Did you try any of these winter picnic recipes?
Please let me know in the comments how you enjoyed them.