Best Autumn Picnic Foods

Honestly, I find summer picnics a bit overrated. I’m a much bigger fan of picnics in the fall. There are quite a few reasons for me personally; my favorite is that all the bugs have started to die and you don’t need to worry about ants and wasps invading the delicious food that you’ve packed. Fall is the season to bring those sweet, sticky foods out that you wouldn’t dare take on a picnic in the summer. The other reason is the nice temperate and lower sunlight. Usually the days are a bit less bright and intense, so you can actually enjoy being out the sun without being fried completely. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for your autumn picnic!

Cold Chicken

This may be cheating a little bit, but it is my very favorite picnic food. If you make a roast chicken for dinner, make more than you planned to. That way, you have enough to save for the next day and have some delicious cold chicken. Cold chicken goes well in sandwiches or by itself; it’s one of the most versatile picnic foods I know of! It’s also easy to make, and if you want to make it even easier just grab a roast chicken from the store and use that.

Hot Toddy

This mix of rum and warm water and spices is the perfect autumn drink. It keeps you warm, and it is great for fall nights. I love to get out my telescope (I got it from!) and watch the stars while we have a drink. It’s the perfect adult beverage for stargazers on a chilly night.


Chili is really easy to make, and it keeps warm very well in a thermal container. You can just bring a big container of chili along and a few bowls and you’re good to go! It is also great for keeping you warm, and goes great with cider or Oktoberfest Marzan ales. Which, speaking of…

Marzan Ale

Marzan ale is an ale brewed in March in Germany, and is kept in storage until Oktoberfest. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING that tastes quite as good as an Oktoberfest ale. It has a unique, nutty flavor that you won’t get from Bud Light or MillerCoors. It goes well with every meal under the planet; it’s especially great for chili and cold chicken, which is why I’ve added it to the list. Heck, it’s great by itself; I was birdwatching with the telescope I just bought, and had a delicious mug of foamy beer to go with it!

So, if you like beer, rum, chili, cold chicken, or cider, autumn is the season for you. It’s my very favorite season of the year, and food is a big part of that. I’m always sad when October is over, because that means that the Oktoberfest ale starts to run dry and I’ll have to wait until next year.