It’s that time of year again for the exclusively chic, all-white pop-up picnic, Dîner en Blanc, which takes places in a spectacular undisclosed public space whose location will be revealed only upon arrival. Oh la la!
The worldwide epicurean phenomenon Dîner en Blanc returns to Brisbane on Saturday October 11 and this time around 2,000 picnic enthusiasts are expected to take part.
This infamous and annual secret affair promises an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. Following global success, the event began three years ago in Brisbane and each year, the numbers grow and tickets sell out faster and faster.
Brisbane Dîner en Blanc organiser Amy Grey says that with limited tickets available, people should head online now to join the waiting list in the hope to secure one of the highly sought-after tickets. “Dîner en Blanc is a highlight of Brisbane’s food and culture calendar and spaces on the guest list fill incredibly quickly, so people should not hesitate to jump online and register,” Ms Grey says.
Dîner en Blanc is all about friendship, elegance and gallantry, and takes its inspiration from appreciating and enhancing the city’s public space. You will be asked to come along dressed head to toe in white, and it is a BYO epicurean feast. Sound too daunting? Then you can purchase a pre-prepared gourmet basket by Dalton Hospitality.
After gathering at the nominated meeting spot, guests will be whisked away to the surprise location for the night’s festivities. “The secret location is undoubtedly a talking point leading up to the night. There are always a handful of guests who try to guess the location but our lips are sealed,” Ms Grey says.
“The evening is all about gathering together for an elegant night of wining and dining, and the spontaneity of the location really adds to the fun.”
Dîner en Blanc sprang to life in 1988 in Paris, when François Pasquier held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. To deal with a mounting guest list, he asked attendees to convene at the Bois de Boulogne dressed in white so they could all find each other. What started with simple word-of-mouth today has as many as 20,000 white-clad guests meeting annually in Paris’ public spaces, with tens of thousands on a waiting list.
The pop-up dinner now takes places in nearly 40 cities across the globe including New York, Montreal and Singapore.
Over the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Visually breathtaking moments include the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance. At the end of the evening, guests pack up their crystal, dinnerware and tables, pick up all their litter and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.
If this sounds like your perfect night out, then click here to to register your interest and be added to the Brisbane list.