Web Content Viewer
How To Pack the Perfect Ohio-Made Picnic

How To Pack the Perfect Ohio-Made Picnic

You're going to relish adding these Ohio foods to your next foodie adventure!

How To Pack the Perfect Ohio-Made Picnic

By Vince Guerrieri

Posted On: Aug 24, 2020

There’s no better time to pack a picnic lunch and dine alfresco. With Ohio’s size, variety of climates and rural traditions, it’s easy to pack a picnic basket full of foods from our very own state. Check out some Ohio-made and Ohio-inspired bites!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches 

There's nothing as classic as a PB&J. For an Ohio flavor, use peanut butter from Crazy Richard’s (or one of Krema Nut Company's nut butters) and jelly from Smucker’s in Orrville.  


A post shared by 🍴 One Hungry Dude 🍺 (@onehungrydude) on

Fried Chicken 

Since Serbian immigrants came up with a unique twist on fried chicken, Barberton in Summit County has billed itself as the 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World' (it’s even the topic of a book). One of those foods that can be eaten at room temperature and with your hands, fried chicken is ideal for picnic fare. Real Barberton chicken can be found in several locations throughout the town, like at Whitehouse Chicken

For a spicy option, try some Nashville-inspired chicken from Ohio fave Hot Chicken Takeover

Pasta and Potato Salad

What’s a picnic without potato or pasta salad? Pick some up at Dionne’s Meats in Parma (they also have a stand in the West Side Market in Cleveland). Dionne’s also offers homemade sausage and hot dogs. And if you’re looking for hot dog toppings… keep reading.


A condiment for sandwiches or hot dogs, Bertman’s has been a staple. The mustard is a blend of sweet and tangy flavors, offering a little kick without being overpowering.

If you're looking for an extra topping, try some pepper relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co

Credit: Ballreich's Potato Chips, Facebook

Potato chips

Obviously, you’ll need some kind of snack food before the main event! Ballreich’s in Tiffin has you covered with a variety of flavors (I’m kind of partial to barbecue), as well as pretzels, popcorn and other snacks. Or try some chips from these other Ohio companies. 

A Cold Drink 

Treat yourself to a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea. You can find both at James Tea.  Or you can quench your thirst with classic brew like "Prosperity," a crisp wheat beer from Market Garden in Cleveland. There are plenty of other options available, depending on your tastes.

Or get the best of both with Wild Ohio Brewing's "DalyPalmer," a lemonade flavored tea beer. 

For more Ohio Proud products, picnic ideas and foodie fun, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

Travel Inspiration

Here are some of the latest articles from our team:

Ohio. Find It Here. Newsletter

Find travel inspiration for your next trip, get the latest Ohio news & find out about great events with our newsletter!