Two local companies are putting together a picnic experience at Sunken Gardens

Photo of a picnic setup in a large garden
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St. Pete Picnic Co. and Gather ‘Round and Graze are partnering to launch a brand new picnic experience at stunning Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. The pair of locally-owned and operated businesses have teased bookings at the gorgeous, and historic location in the Sunshine City, and bookings should become available by the end of March.

St Pete Picnic Co was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by Rachel Fry. The Founder saw the opportunity to offer Tampa Bay area residents a socially distanced alternative for get togethers, dates, and events.

Creative dining experiences in the Sunshine City

This is the kind of ingenuity and creativity that makes the ‘Burg shine. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a day with close friends or your family, this artfully arranged picnic is probably the way to go.

Picnics start at $165 and can be customized and built on from there.

“It’s the perfect social distancing activity. So over the last few months I’ve been collecting inventory- plush pillows, rugs, candles, tables built from pallets, etc. You can check out my website and see the form to create the style of picnic you want.”

Available themes include Romantic, Coastal, and Boho.

“It’s also the perfect social distancing activity,” said Fry in a message to I Love the ‘Burg. “So over the last few months I’ve been collecting inventory- plush pillows, rugs, candles, tables built from pallets, etc.”

This is a resplendent way to celebrate St. Petersburg, while also supporting burgeoning and creative small business.

Custom charcuterie boxes delivered to your door

Who’s ready for a picnic on the beach? Visit St. Pete Picnic Co’s website.

Gather ‘Round and Graze creates custom charcuterie boxes, boards, and grazing tables. Owner and Operator, Kaley, believes it’s all about the graze and enjoying the company you keep!

“The Gather ‘Round & Graze concept is to make entertaining effortless, as well as an incredibly delicious and beautiful experience,” owner Kaley notes on the website.

Gather ‘Round and Graze also offers wine pairing options on its menu.

Want to wear your local love? I Love the Burg has new St. Pete-inspired tees. We also sell mugs, art prints, throw pillows and more on our Threadless shop.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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