Ontario Picnics: A Century of Dining Outdoors

Lindy Mechefske
ISBN: 978-1-77276-144-3

Ontario Picnics: A Century of Dining Outdoors, by two-time Taste Canada Gold Award-winning writer Lindy Mechefske, is a rich, visual feast that takes us on an epic journey around the vast and magnificent province of Ontario. Packed full of surprises, historical details, and more than a hundred beautiful and rare old images, all celebrating the history of people and picnics in the province, this is a book that belongs on all Ontarians' bookshelves.


"If you think 'quaint' when you think picnics, think again. Lindy Mechefske's masterful sweep of dining en plein air in one of Canada's founding provinces links people, place and food in ways that astonish and inform. Prepare to be entertained, enlightened — and transported."

— SUSAN SCOTT, editor of Body & Soul.


 "Lindy Mechefske has prepared a mighty and diverse feast — for the belly, for the eyes, and for the collective memory. To turn the pages and wander back in time is to crave picnic delights, sunshine, and days gone by."

— KRISTEN DEN HARTOG, co-author, The Cowkeeper's Wish


"A basket packed with piquant morsels of our past — savour this book, as Mechefske distills the essence of gatherings that have long nourished our sense of community."

— ANN SHORTELL, author of the multiple award-winning Celtic Knot

Lindy Mechefske is one of the most recognized names in food writing in Canada, with a large following in both traditional and social media. She is a two-time Taste Canada Gold Award Winner for Out of Old Ontario Kitchens and Sir John's Table. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and a variety of newspapers, magazines, and literary journals.