6 Hero Platter Themes

There’s a reason every season for a gorgeous platter board.

Barker’s of Geraldine have a perfect range of condiments, sauces and fruit for cheese to boost your platter repertoire! Be it a casual family meal, an impromptu get-together, a backyard wedding or a special event, here are some popular grazing platter themes:

#1. Vegetarian Mezze Platter

A delicious way to enjoy healthy fats, protein and fresh produce: match falafel, crackers, olives, artichokes, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, pumpkin and beetroot hummus, olives, stuffed peppers, tabbouleh, figs and sliced vegetables such as radish, cucumber and avocado. Think of it as a deconstructed Mediterranean Salad!  

Vegetarian Mezze Platter#2. Cheese & Meat Platter

A classic platter, have fun with the assortment. Try different flavours and textures of cheese: brie, a cheddar, blue vein, Havarti, Swiss or a smoked Gouda. 

Meats such as salami and prosciutto can be stacked or rolled, and cold sliced meats can be cut into smaller bite-sized pieces. Don’t forget pate is a delicious inclusion too. Be sure to have a spreader for the pate and tongs for the meat, and a knife for every style of cheese.

If you haven’t tried our new range of Fruit for Cheese to pair with your favourite style of cheese then you are really missing out on a new food matching experience. Try Feijoa and Pear for a fresh take on your Brie or Camembert, or a dark Blackberry and Brandy for your favourite strong blue or cheddar. They add colour, texture and exceptional flavour to any cheese board.

While predominately cheese and meat, add freshly sliced pear, grapes, berries and dried fruit for extra flavour, texture and complementary matches.  Have fun with the range of Barker’s chutneys and jellies, along with savoury sauces for drizzling and dipping.

Cheese & Fruit Platter#3. Vegan Platter

With plentiful options available for gluten-free and dairy free, think pesto, harissa hummus, olive tapenade along with roasted chickpeas, grilled vegetables, nuts and edible flowers. Plants are gorgeous, so showcase their beauty by presenting an array of fruit and vegetables bursting with colour.

Many of Barker’s products are vegan-friendly, adding flavour and flair to any vegan platter.

Vegan Platter

#4. Fresh Fruit Platter

Whether for a breakfast or dessert platter, scatter a variety of berries, tropical fruits (mango, melon, pineapple) with seasonal fruits such as sliced banana, pear, apple and stone fruit. Add a ricotta and honey dip, or unsweetened coconut yoghurt, and generous scatterings of granola. If you haven’t yet tried Cherry & Balsamic Vinaigrette drizzled over fresh strawberries, you are in for a treat!

#5. Dessert Platter

A little bit of everything sweet, how delicious! Team brownies with fresh fruit, a chocolate dipping sauce, bliss balls, bite-sized cheesecake slices, macarons, meringues, marshmallows, individual mousse jars, chocolate and nuts. Don’t forget Dulce de Leche for your decadent dipping sauce!



#6. All-In-Together Platter

If catering for a large number of guests with different food preferences and dietary needs, do it all! 

Note: if specifically gluten-free, best to keep this separate altogether to avoid any cross-contamination.

Add a bit of sweet, salt and savoury: add further variety to meats, cheeses, vegetables and desserts by including club sandwiches, canapes, cocktail skewers and cheese balls.

Chutneys are a delicious inclusion for any platter board. Rather than just pairing with cheese,  use them as a filling for savoury canapes for extra flavour. Try pastry or blinis as a base, simply mix with cooked chicken, top with herbs and voila! Red Pepper and Chilli Jelly works amazingly a-top a cream cheese base for a moreish dip, or try our cranberry and ham roll-ups for a delicious nibble using crepes.

Enjoy the last of the long summer days and get grazing! If you have any recipes / usage ideas of your own then we would love to hear them. Simply email us fruit@barkers.co.nz.

CHECK OUT OUR TOP 10 PLATTER TIPS for more grazing inspiration.