Create picnic envy with these boxes.
Nothing says 2020 more than a grazing board or platter box.
With delivery and takeaway more popular than ever before (cheers rona), there has been a serious boom in new and creative ideas to provide delicious food and drink to hungry customers and these grazing boxes are the latest thing.
If you’re a regular scroller you will have noticed small businesses popping up all over Instagram – and for great reason. They’re brilliant. The idea is you get a box laden with delicious snacks, sweet or savoury, beautifully arranged and all ready to eat either by yourself, with your loved ones or to send as a gift.
Whether you’re looking to stretch out in your pyjamas or head to the park for a picnic in the sun, here are our top 10 picks for the best grazing boxes available across the region – and honestly there are so, so many more.
Boxed & Boards
Offering graze boxes and graze tables, Boxed & Boards is the creation of Zara Ramia, spawned from a passion from creating memories for her family and friendly. Turning a hobby into a flourishing business, the grazing boxes are filled with the finest range of cheese, meats, fresh produce and accompaniments, with the option of adding in wine too!
The grazing tables are also truly phenomenal if you’re looking to add a wow factor to your next event.
The website is currently under construction so until then you can order via Instagram.
As A Matter Of Platter
If the name alone doesn’t draw you in, one look at their platters and you’ll be sold. With locations in Geelong and the surfcoast, Melton and surrounds, and even up in Queensland, these platters are the go-to when you’re looking for something to impress (or just indulge in by yourself, no judgement).
There’s heaps of options too, from a signature desserts box, to a cheese platter box, a fruit platter, a brunch box, and even a DIY Pavlova platter. You’ll also find kids platter boxes, vegan savoury platters, and a loaded cob loaf, because why the hell not?! Prices range from $30 to $80 for most options, with a couple of more exxy platters.
A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for any order. Have a look for yourself at the website.
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Dream Dessert Boxes
If you’re looking to truly treat someone special in your life, these dessert boxes are a great place to start. Based in Geelong, the team make gift buying easy, taking the stress off your shoulders, filling these boxes with an abundance of sweet treats! You can choose to buy a pre-designed box, you can build your own, and you can even request a custom order if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. As for what’s in the boxes, you’ll find a number of savoury grazing options, sugar-filled boxes with a bunch of chocolate and lollies, and there’s even a couple with alcohol!
Check it all out via their website.
Nosh & Bevvy
Nosh & Bevvy is a team of passionate foodies, coffee ‘snobs’ and mixologist – their words, not ours! A company specialising in events, they’ve currently adapted to the current climate and are putting all their effort into stunning grazing boxes. The perfect indulgent gift for any occasion, these boxes are wrapped and delivered straight to the door. There’s a range of sweet boxes, savoury boxes, Father’s Day packages, vegetarian boxes, and even gluten free boxes, literally catering to every taste. There’s even the option to add in some alcohol, because why not?
Deliveries are anytime between 10am and 6pm Monday – Saturday. They do require two days’ notice for website orders, so please take note.
Check it all out here and try not to drool.
Known around town as the rolling eatery version of a cheese-lover’s mecca, creating fresh, indulgent and delicious cheese platters, Splatters has gone from food truck to one of Geelong’s favourite online grazing stores over the past few months, thanks to lockdown.
Providing a mix of sweet and savory elements and a variety of textures coming together, Splatter cheese platters (a splatterbox!) have a little something for everyone. Focusing on fresh, housemade, local, imported and season ingredients, these splatterboxes feature an array of divine cheeses accompanied by cured meats (think salami, kabana, prosciutto), season fruit and nuts, dip, a mixture of crackers, olives, dried fruits, vegetable crudites, and other yummies like chocolate dipped pretzels. Splatters (being the considerate folk they are) also offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as kids boxes, fresh fruit boxes, and even brunch boxes for two.
Prices range from around $30 to $195 depending on what size you’re looking for. Order by 10am for same day delivery, with deliveries made between 11am and 4pm.
Browse through the options online here.
Servicing Geelong, Melbourne and surrounds since 2016, you can trust that Platter Co have business down to a fine art. Created by Jade and Stacey, self-proclaimed cheese (and wine!) enthusiasts, Platter Co offer a selection of platters, platter boxes, and grazing tables of abundance for any occasion – or even night in.
The platter boxes are packed with care and include local, specialty cheeses, cured meats and a selection of high quality, fresh and delicious accompaniments. There’s also the option to customise to suit dietary requirements too, so those with allergies or intolerances don’t have to worry about missing out on the fun. Prices range from $59 to $159 and there’s also the option to add a bottle of 6ft6 Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Pinot Noir to your order. Cheese and wine? Hell yes!
Simply head to their website to order.
Say Cheese Platters
Say Cheese Platters is offering some scrumptious ways to keep your belly full and your palette intrigued with their quality boxes. Servicing Geelong and the Surf Coast, this small business can create platters filled with cheese, meats, dips and more in various sizes depending on how many people you want to feed, with the ability to cater to a number of dietary requirements.
While the artisan platters are truly blissful (and I spy a cop loaf too), there’s also kids party platters available, filled with donuts, Tim Tams, veggie sticks, crackers, cheese, meats and much more) if you’re looking to treat the kiddies.
We quite enjoy the look of the movie night platter, packed with freshly popped popcorn, Pringle’s, dips and crackers, donuts, lollies, chocolates and more… Netflix and chill never looked so good!
DM the Instagram page to enquire or place an order.
These little boxes of joy are the perfect way to shower your loved ones with affection. Opting for the dessert style boxes over the cheese, these blissful boxes are stuffed full of sweet treats to help you share the love. Choose from options including donuts, lollies, chocolates, cupcakes, and even chocolate covered strawberries; each box is showered with over-the-top goodies and will be guaranteed to include something that they adore – whether they’re next level fanatics for sweet and sour lollies or donut crazy. Plus, they also offer gluten-free and vegan options – so there’s no reason they won’t have something for whatever the dietary need.
Prices range from $25 through to $100, with the option of creating your own customisable box. Simply DM the Instagram page to order.
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E L I Grazing
This one’s for those of you on the Surf Coast. E L I Grazing is the baby of Paul Metelli, who after 16 years as a chef in the hospitality industry decided to branch out and create a business with his partner Lateisha to combine his love for food and her love for entertaining.
Launching only recently in Torquay, E L I Grazing specialises in using fresh ingredients and local produce to create some amazing grazing boards, tables and boxes that are delicious, healthy and mouth-watering (and very, very pretty!). Choose from the couples box, the fresh sweets box, or the grazing box in various sizes and prepare to indulge in the likes of cheeses, cured meats, dips, olives, sun dried tomatoes, quince paste, biscuits and an assortment of fresh and dried fruits and nuts, among other things.
Bonus is that all the boxes come with a fresh Zeally Bay Sourdough loaf, also made locally in Torquay!
Prices start from $60 and you can order via the website.
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Ganesh Loves to Graze
A relative newcomer to the grazing boxes biz, Ganesh Loves to Graze is a Geelong-based company offering grazing boxes for all occasions, with sandwiches, sweets and antipasto options. You’ll find dips, crackers, meats, olives, fruits, chocolate covered pretzels, cheese, veggies and so much more.
Having only opened about eight weeks ago, we don’t have a lot of information. But a picture’s worth a thousand words so have a look at their socials and try not to drool!
DM via Facebook or Instagram to place an order.
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Okay so we know that we’ve already picked out 10, but this last one is extra special!
Let us introduce you to ‘Iso Doggy Grazing Boxes’, courtesy of local Geelong business Pup
-arazzi Parlour. Inspired by all the grazing boxes available to humans, animal lover Natalie Edwards thought why should the dogs be missing out, and so has created a range of grazing boxes for your pooch!
Operating under a separate Instagram account – The Grazehound – the boxes come in three sizes (small, medium and large) and are packed with nothing but yummy treats to satisfy any dogs needs… because we all deserve to be treated in these times of isolation. Think pig ears, lamb ears, schmackos, lamb cubes, dog biscuits, pupcorn, liver treats, fish and so much more.
Alongside the boxes, The Grazehound is also making ‘Doggy Icecream’ and ‘Doggy Gummie Bears’.
What an absolute treat. They’re made to order and all you have to do is message the Instagram Page to play your order.
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