Pic­nic per­fec­tion at LaValla Estate

Reporter Briar Hub­bard sam­ples LaValla Estate’s new din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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If there’s an un­writ­ten rule that I re­li­giously go by, it’s that food al­ways tastes bet­ter when some­one else cre­ates it.

Whether that’s a tes­ta­ment to my culi­nary skills, or it’s sim­ply a fact of life, I’m not sure.

What I do know, is that I am al­ways up for a de­li­cious feast, and what bet­ter way to dine, than to com­bine it with great com­pany and the tran­quil set­ting of Tuakau’s LaValla Estate.

LaValla re­cently started host­ing Sun­day pic­nics, and while I was a tad ap­pre­hen­sive about how fan­tas­tic a pic­nic could be, (prob­a­bly be­cause I’m not the best pic­nic packer my­self), my friend Lara Wy­att and I were pleas­antly sur­prised.

We or­dered our drinks, and as soon as we were seated, our pic­nic box ar­rived.

It con­tained fresh breads, deca­dent dips, meats, a quiche, salad, and lots of cheese, which was per­fect for a pair of cheese fiends like us.

The food was rus­tic, which suited the estate’s aes­thetic per- fectly, and the singers Ed­win Judd and Matthew Newman added to the re­laxed vibe.

Dessert was a few pieces of fruit, some fei­joa leather, and a de­li­cious, fudgey choco­late brownie with but­ter­scotch cream that I de­voured in no time.

Af­ter lunch, the rain sub­sided and we played a game of gi­ant chess, while other guests made the most of the out­door bad­min- ton, or sim­ply re­laxed on their pic­nic blan­kets un­der um­brel­las.

The pic­nic was a fan­tas­tic lazy Sun­day, and we eas­ily spent around two hours chat­ting and in­dulging in food and drink.

For a price of $70 per pic­nic bas­ket, great en­ter­tain­ment and a peace­ful and pretty set­ting, it is a rea­son­ably priced Sun­day out­ing.

See http://www.lavalla.co.nz.

LaValla re­ally know how to put on a pic­nic.

Matthew Newman and Ed­win Judd added to the re­laxed vibe.

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