Autumn and Winter picnic food | Mum In The Madhouse

Autumn and Winter picnic food

As a family we love picnics and just because the weather is cooler in Autumn and Winter it doesn’t mean that picnicking has to stop.  No indeed for us it just means that we move to more warming food and sometimes we have them inside on a rug and sometimes we have them sat in the boot of the car! In fact having an Autumn picnic is in our Autumn Bored Jar!  We also carry a pop-up tent in the back of the car and it is great for picnicking in when it is windy.

Autumn picnic soups

We keep the food simple warming and filing.  We have a couple of flasks that we use for food.  A wide-necked soup flask and a food flask.  Soup is our favourite cold-weather picnic food.

Five Autumn and Winter Picnic Soups

Soups which work well for us on a picnic are ones that are blended smooth and that we can drink from a cup, but also dunk in some crusty bread or have with a cheese sandwich.

Tomato Soup by Daisies and Pie

Curried roasted vegetable soup by Frugaliscious Food

Root vegetable soup by Daisies and Pie

Carrot and sweet potato coconut soup by Fuss Free Flavours

Roast butternut squash soup by Daisies and Pie

Other foods perfect for an Autumn Picnic

We love to load up one of our food flasks with hotdogs and onions, Just make sure to take finger rolls with you to pop them in.

A flask filled with hot chocolate and a small bag of marshmallows always makes a decadent drink at the end of the meal.

We have also been known to take out precooked and hot jacket potatoes in our food flask and just add some cheese to them once we are out. I love these hot picnic ideas by Going on an Adventure.


You can not have enough chocolate when it is cold, so this Rocky Road by Nurturestore is wonderful and delicious too.  Better still it is simple enough that the kids can make it and there is no baking required.

Yorkshire Parkin

Another cake that we wouldn’t be without on an Autumn picnic is parking and my go to recipe my Aunt Chris’ Parkin.


We were sent a hamper and some  Vita Coco Kids naturally fruit flavoured water in Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple flavour and they have been a huge hit, not only with the boys but me and the Husbeast too.  They are great tasting, contain less sugar than other juices in the shops and are perfect for picnics all year round. We enjoyed them so much that we have been and bought more.  They are perfect for Maxi to rehydrate when he is playing junior football at the weekend.

picnic hamper

We were also sent this fantastic picnic hamper from House of Fraser to review and have been using it for our wonderful Autumn picnics.  Unfortunately we were sent it in the summer and never found time to use it, so this particular one has gone out of stock.  Bad Jen.  It is however, beautiful and really eye catching and it is wonderful to have a grown up hamper which has come in to its own for back of the car picnics.  It has real crockery, which yes makes it weighty, but lovely if you don’t have to carry it far.