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Tanglewood 2014
How to Pack the Perfect Picnic for Tanglewood
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Part of the magic of Tanglewood is packing a scrumptious gourmet picnic to enjoy on the lawn, either before you take your seats in the Shed or another of the music center's concert halls or throughout the performance if you've purchased lawn seats.

Here are some tips for packing the perfect Tanglewood summer picnic:

- Parking at Tanglewood is free, but much of it is a distance from performance settings, so you'll want to pack as lightly as possible.

- Spreading out a picnic blanket is the ideal way to go, but check to see if there has been rain in western Massachusetts. If so, your seating will soak through and leave you in an uncomfortable bind. Lawn chairs are a good solution, but remember, you'll have to carry them quite a distance. As an alternative, lawn chairs can be rented at Tanglewood for $5 each (cash and credit cards are accepted). Lawn chairs are available at the Beer Garden at the Main Gate entrance for Shed concerts or adjacent to Ozawa Hall for Ozawa Hall concerts.

- A nice bottle of wine is a must. If you don't drink alcohol, substitute sparkling cider or grape juice. But remember... bring a corkscrew! If you do, you're bound to meet some of your fellow concertgoers, who will be searching about for a neighbor on the next blanket who planned ahead.

- Pack as much of your picnic food in disposable containers as possible so that you'll have a lighter load to carry out when the concert is through.

- My favorite Tanglewood picnic foods include:
Cold Quiche
Brie and Crackers
Cold Cooked and Seasoned Chicken Breasts
Wheat Pita Bread and Hummus
California Rolls
Celery and carrot sticks
Seedless Green Grapes
Strawberries
Peaches
A Thermos of hot herbal tea
Chocolate Chip Cookies or anything chocolate!

Need more ideas? About.com's Home Cooking Guide Peggy Trowbridge provides links to Picnic Food Recipe Collections. You might want to click through my ever-growing collection of New England Recipes for inspiration, too!

Bon Appetit!

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