Summer Gourmet Picnic at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Summer Gourmet Picnic at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The VanDusen Botanical Garden may just be Vancouver’s best picnic spot and we’re happy to offer our Summer Gourmet Picnic, at VanDusen Garden! Get a whiff of fresh air and sit in the dappled sunlight from the surrounding trees all while your tastebuds go on their own summer vacation.

So much more than a picnic basket, this isn’t your average quilted blanket. Instead, experience the sun-kissed days of summer with your very own private picnic table and dedicated server to provide your every picnic need. PLUS admission to the garden is included in the price. The whole experience is nothing short of amazing.

The Meal

Inspired by Italian alfresco dishes, the picnic features gourmet Regular or Plant-based canapes, an individual Heirloom Tomato & Burrata salad, Choice of three entrées, and two exquisite desserts. We’ve kept everyone in mind with this gourmet menu, offering plant-based options for each course as well as an additional kid’s menu for only $15 a child.

And don’t worry, we would never forget the drinks. After all, the lazy, hazy, and crazy days of summer wouldn’t be complete without a cool beverage in hand. Our picnic tables are fully licensed and come with plenty of pre-purchased bottles of wine, cider, beer, and other non-alcoholic drink options. All alcoholic beverages come from BC wineries and breweries, giving you the best flavours our province has to offer.

To add extra elegance or romance to your meal, you can also purchase a seasonal table floral arrangement by Nicola Adam. She creates the most stunning displays!

Granville Island Craft Beer
Nicola Adam Floral

Once the meal is over and you’re feeling positively stuffed, the experience isn’t quite over yet! We couldn’t have you join us at this beautiful garden without taking a stroll through the pathways of summer flowers.

What makes this experience so unique is the location of the picnic itself, with the beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden as the backdrop. After eating, enjoy a two-hour admission to the garden to enjoy summer’s splendor at your own pace. Beyond the Great Lawn, there are endless displays of perennials, meadow flowers, roses, and plenty more stunning blooms.


Choose from Regular or Plant-based Canape

Regular Canapes : One Prosciutto melon bite, Miniature BLT on grilled sourdough, and Tuna crudo cucumber cup

Plant-Based Canapes: Rainbow roll, Vegan BLT on grilled sourdough, Cucumber cup with hummus and pickled vegetables

Individual Plated Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad: organic local greens, fresh basil, white balsamic vinaigrette

Choice of Entree

PORCHETTA SANDWICH: Slow roasted pork with fennel and herbs, lemon caper mayonnaise and arugula

TUSCAN CHICKEN BREAST WITH CAPER & PARSLEY SALSA VERDE: Free range chicken breast marinated in lemon & fresh rosemary

VEGAN TORTA RUSTICA: Layers of grilled eggplant, sweet peppers, zucchini, spinach and fresh herbs in a crisp pastry

All entrees are served with: Balsamic Marinated Grilled Summer Vegetables, New Potato salad with fresh herbs and red wine vinaigrette


PEACH & ALMOND TIRAMISU: Layers of mascarpone, fresh peaches and amoretti

VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: Swirled with Okanagan cherry compote

Don’t wait and book you Summer Gourmet picnic today!