Pack the Perfect Picnic in the Toledo Area

The weather is finally warm and the sun is in the sky. On these beautiful days in Northwest Ohio it’s inevitable that we all want to be outside, and one fun way to spend time outdoors with friends and family is having a picnic.

You’re not sure what to pack for a picnic? Don’t worry! We’ve picked out some of the best places in the Toledo area to fill your picnic basket. 

Bread

The first part of making a perfect picnic is finding the perfect bread for the sandwiches. Look no further than Country Grains Bread Company. Country Grains Bread Company makes all natural breads from scratch. They offer some vegan bread types as well, so there are options for everyone at Country Grains Bread Company. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Deli Meat

What better way to pair off homemade bread than with delicious fresh deli meat from Zavotski Custom Meats & Deli. Zavotski’s carries a wide variety of deli meats and also makes their own deli salads. If you aren’t in the mood to make your own sandwich, you can pick up one of their made-to-order deli sandwiches or ready-to-eat meals. Be sure to grab some fresh cut meats to throw on the grill while you’re there! 

Produce

The Toledo Farmers’ Market is the perfect spot to stop for produce for your picnic. If you haven’t been to the Toledo Farmers’ Market, it’s a great spot to visit especially during the summer months. The market is open every Saturday at 525 Market St., Toledo. At the Toledo Farmers’ Market you will find a wide variety of area vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, coffee, flowers, and more! You will find your freshest and most local fruits and veggies here. 

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Sides

For a variety of sides stop by Sautter’s Market located in Sylvania and Waterville. Sautter’s has some great homemade sides made fresh in their deli which would be a perfect addition to any picnic. A favorite among many is their potato salad. If you want to add some chips and dip to your picnic, Sautter’s Mexicali dip is a tasty choice. 

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Wine

Located near Neapolis, Ohio, just a short drive out of Toledo, you’ll find Majestic Oak Winery which is a farm winery and brewery. No matter your preference, there is likely to be a bottle of wine that you will enjoy.


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If you’re unsure of what to get, the winery does offer tastings. The wine can be purchased in bottles or liter bags and are quite reasonably priced. Majestic Oak Winery also sells their wine at the Toledo Farmers’ Market as well as some local retail locations, but a visit to the winery itself is definitely recommended. Be sure to check their calendar because they often have evening entertainment. 

Beer

Maybe wine isn’t your choice of drink. If you’d rather bring a six-pack, shop local and check out Earnest Brew Works located in South Toledo, Downtown Toledo, and Westgate. Earnest Brew Works serves a wide variety of beer with over 50 unique types throughout the year. Stop by any of the three taprooms to pick up a six-pack or four-pack.

Photo from Earnest Beer on Instagram

Additionally you can find their product at a variety of retail stores including Sautter’s Market, Churchill’s Market, Kazmaier Market, Pauken Wine & Liquor, and so many more locations. For a full list, please visit their retail partners webpage. 

Dessert

Wixey Bakery has been around since 1930, and there’s a reason it’s still one of the most popular bakeries in Toledo. Wixey’s uses their original recipes and hand-crafted technique to create amazing desserts including brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Stopping by Wixey’s will help you put the perfect finishing touches on your picnic.

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