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Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

By Thepickyeater @pickyeaterblog

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Safeway Open Nature Picnic event – where they were going to attempt to break the record for the world’s longest picnic table. I was pretty excited about being asked to attend, and I was curious to learn more about Safeway’s new Open Nature line – which has products made with all natural ingredients and nothing weird you can’t pronounce. I was even more excited when I found out that I would be invited as part of the press – because of my blog! I wasn’t sure what to expect – but when we got to SF on Saturday it was a beautiful day – perfect for a picnic.

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

You could see all the way to the Golden Gate bridge! The hubby and I were able to walk around and explore for a bit before the picnic attendees started showing up and so I couldn’t help myself by snapping a few pictures of the event – which was really lovely. When we first entered, we were greeted by the agenda for the day – which included a demo by Tyler Florence (but more on that later

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Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

I was really excited about my Media badge, so the hubby took a picture of me

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

They also had awesome swag bags with Open Nature products for all the attendees…

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

As well as a summery, bright decor — full of sunflowers, fresh fruit, and refreshing drinks!

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

They had a really nice display of all the Open Nature products, and a few folks from Safeway talked to us about the philosophy behind the products: few ingredients, all-natural, no chemicals or anything artificial, and minimal processing which I thought was great. All of the ingredients on the Open Nature products are on the front in big font – so you can see really clearly what’s in the food you’re eating. This is an example of a “big company” getting involved in a problem facing our country and actually making a difference – which I applaud.

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

Oh and of course – the world’s longest picnic table – which broke the record at 305 feet!

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

Safeway and Tyler Florence cooked up a delicious meal for all of the picnic attendees – most of which wasn’t vegetarian but there was a cool and refreshing potato salad that I’ll share the recipe for in a later post.

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

Oh and speaking of Tyler Florence – I got to meet him! He was super nice in person – really friendly and cool.

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

He did a demo of all the dishes that were made at the picnic. It was like watching the Food Network in real life.

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

All in all, it was a great day and a really cool event. Thanks Safeway for inviting me and for launching your new Open Nature line! It’s a great step towards helping make all-natural food accessible to people everywhere. Before we left the picnic, the hubby snapped a few pictures of the bay – since gorgeous days in SF are rare occurrences!

Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table
Safeway Open Nature Picnic & The World’s Longest Picnic Table

I’m so grateful that my blog gave me the opportunity to attend this event. It was the perfect way to start the weekend.


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