On Heringer’s, Steveston Bakery, and The Steps to a Successful Picnic.

Picnic.  /’pik, nik/.  “An outing or occasion that involves packing a meal to be eaten outdoors.”  Or, buying lunch and taking it to Garry Point Park to be enjoyed under the cool shade of an oak.  Either definition suits.

Steveston’s time to shine is the summer, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by having lunch outside.  A few weeks ago I discovered Heringer’s, a European-style delicatessen just across the lane from Diner No. 1, and I fell in love.  Hard.

It reminded me of the delis I used to frequent in Italy; spaces consumed by meat, cheese, and olives, all dished up by hardworking folks behind tall, clean glass.  There are shelves packed with oils and jams and neat rows of crackers, a dangerous sort of spot for anyone with an appetite.  Heringer’s has it all, and you can order in English, not Italian.

Marnie – my picnicking co-adventurer – and I chose 3 layer dip (roasted red pepper, humous, and bruschetta), Raincoast Crisps, a Terra Breads baguette, a wedge of Spanish manchego, chorizo salami, hot sopressata, dolmades, and olive tapenade.  They were all fantastic, and I especially recommend the locally-made chorizo salami if you’re a cured meats fan; wrapped around a chunk of manchego, you’ll be in a Spanish sheep’s milk and pork wonderland.

Heringer’s also does house-made meals varying daily such as BBQed ribs, meatloaf, roasted porchetta, pulled pork, and mashed potatoes, as well as marinated meats that can go directly on the BBQ at home.

Just a few doors down there’s the Steveston Bakery, another village institution.  They have soups and salads for lunch as well as a variety of sweet treats, obligatory for any good picnic.

We decided a thickly-iced carrot cake and old-fashioned apple turnover would be just right.  And they were – especially the soft, flaky turnover.

There are many lovely picnic spots along the water in Steveston, and we chose Garry Point Park, also home to this year’s Ice Cream Olympic Relay.  We setup our blanket and lounged, eating lazily in the shade for a good long while.

Then we walked down to the water and watched the barges trundle past, and the many kites flying overhead.

It seriously couldn’t be easier, or nicer, to picnic in Steveston.  There are so many places to pick up lunch, endless stretches of green grass to lay your checkered blankets,

and plenty of smooth, silvery driftwood, on which to lay yourselves.


Heringer’s Olde Fashioned Quality Meats

12251 No. 1 Road, Richmond BC


Cash and cards accepted


Steveston Bakery

12231 No. 1 Road, Richmond BC



  1. gjd

    Love your posts. Really fun video Lindsay!

  2. Laurette

    that video was too much, you are having too much fun, loved it. BTW you sweet tooth gal, check out this bakery 1 mile away from Steveston http://www.diplomatbakery.com/. Lot of bikers stop there for coffee & sandwiches etc… End of #2 road. From Stevestson it is a nice cycle or walk along the river, etc…

  3. Linda Povarchook

    An award worthy video presenation!!! Well done!

  4. Tiffany

    the video was cute!

  5. MSG

    Great self-promotion!!

  6. cwid

    my favorite post to date! wonderful video!

  7. KHD

    Loved the video!

    Yes – try the Diplomat Bakery in the Steveston/London Landing area. Their triple chocolate mousse cake is to die for! Take your bike and enjoy the ride, and views, along Dyke Road.

    There is also a new deli in Steveston – the D Original Sausage House on 1st Avenue. They make all their own sausages and cured meats. Yum!

  8. Betty

    You definitely have to try Papi’s Ristorante Italiano in Steveston. I haven’t been there for a long time, but if you’re in the mood for Italian, you’ve got to try it. They also have a market too with cheese, olives and other fantastic deli ingredients. Hopefully they’ve still got it goin’

  9. Pat

    What a fun video!
    Inspired to scoop up my family and head out there while the sun still shines. I love living in Richmond!!

  10. Amanda

    Love the video! Always nice to see Marnie too!

  11. Patrick

    Hi, Lindsay: My wife Josie and I went to Steveston again yesterday and we really enjoyed our visit on such a beautifull weekend.We visited the Steveston Bakery and just enjoyed the day. We really enjoy your blog and many suggestions for food places.

    Keep up the good work,an by the way the video is cute and super cheerful.

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