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

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on June 23, 2011

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.

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 🙂 )

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!

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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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

What a cool event! And you met Tyler, I love Tyler!

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Kim Beaulieu June 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I just found your blog and really love it. The pictures and story in the about me section had me hooked. Looking forward to getting to know you. I start an exercise program courtesy of my daughter this week so I am going to need some inspiration. I will be popping by often.

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anjalim July 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Thank you so much Kim! I hope your exercise program is going well, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about which healthy food options to choose 🙂 Good luck and looking forward to connecting more through my blog!

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Lindsey@Lindselicious June 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

How cool! It looks like a super fun event. So glad to hear Tyler is nice in person, cause I love him on Food Network. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the Open Nature products!

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foodie June 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

wow! nice event

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melissa June 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm

What a wonderful event you got to attend. I am glad you had a great time and met Tyler Florence. It is also cool to hear he is as nice in person as he appears to be on t.v.

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FreeSpiritEater June 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

How exciting! What an honor to have been invited to the event and meeting Tyler Florence, that’s the cherry on top. Congratulations on the invite, the post, the photos and your writing for bringing us there with you. Love the photo of the watermelon basket, I remember how much fun they were to make in culinary school. Thanks for sharing! =]

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purabi naha June 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

oh, I wish I could be there! Loved your post and especially that watermelon fruit basket. The pics are very interesting!

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Emily June 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

This is awesome, I’m jealous! And you’re so lucky you got to meet Tyler!

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Sowmya June 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I got hungry just by looking at the pics! 🙂 I’m definitely going to pick up couple of Open Nature products next time I stop by Safeway.

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