Hit artisan corner store for charcuterie and cheese. Double back to wine shop for rosé. Drive to bakery for pies. Picnic prep time: two and a half days.
Or one bucolic evening at Swirl & Slice, the new alfresco specialty foods market in Union Square.
There, 30 regional vendors spotlight their wares: gouda and mozzarella from Brookford, Crystal Brook, and Robinson farms; focaccia and Belgian chocolate tarts; jams, honey spreads, and mustards to top off your basket.
Get cordial with a swish of seyval blanc or riesling from one of seven state wineries (Alfalfa Farm, Mill River, Turtle Creek). Beer buffs can head to the patios at The Independent and Precinct for local brews.
Can’t wait to tear into your provisions? Meander down the street and spread a blanket in the garden at Community Growing Center. Or stay for entertaining guidance from restaurateurs (T.W. Food, Journeyman) at the Tasting Table.
Sometimes the journey is just as sweet.
Available Thursdays, 5-8 p.m., through September 20, in Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, at Prospect Street. For vendors, go to unionsquaremain.org. For tickets to Tasting Table workshops, go to eventbrite.com.
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