Global phenomenon Dîner en Blanc returns to Melbourne, where 1,500 diners will descend upon a secret location on Saturday 27 February 2016.
Launched by François Pasquier and a handful of friends in 1988, the Paris Dîner en Blanc now attracts more than 10,000 people each year around the world. What began as a “friends and word-‐of-‐mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean phenomenon on five continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: diners continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends in the city’s most beautiful locations.
The annual affair, for the second year running, promises an unforgettable evening of elegance, fashion and dining. The event is held at a secret location, the precise site being revealed only hours before the event commences. 1,500 foodies and cultural enthusiasts are expected to attend this year, all donning the instructed dress code of head-‐to-‐toe white.
This enchanting is equal parts culinary feast, pop-‐up event and visual spectacle.
Melbourne’s first Dîner en Blanc had over 8000 people register for the event, including celebrities and notable foodies willing to go on a waiting list to secure a seat at the dinner table. Organisers forecast the 2016 registration numbers will double, and therefore, have increased the amount of tickets made available this year.
The event is distinct in that guests must dress elegantly in white and bring their own table settings, silverware and white linen napkins. True to its Parisian legacy and traditions, the feast begins with a visually breathtaking napkin waving, and a collective lighting of sparklers signifies the time to mingle and dance. When the trumpet sounds at the end of the evening, guests pack up their sophisticated silverware, elaborate centrepieces, chairs and tables leaving behind no signs of their revelry.
In essence, Dîner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance and gallantry. Mikaela Smith-‐Chandler, co-‐ organiser of the Dîner en Blanc Melbourne says, “Last year Melburnians embraced the philosophy of the event whole heartedly.
Melbourne locals love to seek out unique experiences, which is why we have experienced such an overwhelming welcome of Dîner en Blanc. Being in the cultural capital of Australia, we are passionate about food, wine, fashion and all things stylish.“
In 2016, Dîner en Blanc will take place in over 20 cities around the world. Those in joining the ballot for the 2016 event must register via http://melbourne.dinerenblanc.info/register. Registrations are open now.