Foodies and culture fiends, it’s time to get excited. Like REALLY excited! The world famous secret dinner party phenomenon, Diner en Blanc is coming our way for the first time EVER next month!
Well, it’s coming to the Fraser Coast but what’s a few minutes’ drive up the road really?
Come Saturday 28 October, Diner en Blanc will see hundreds of diners descend upon a secret-squirrel location, which is revealed only hours before the event. To uphold Diner en Blanc tradition, guests are asked to wear head-to-toe white attire and bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware (no paper plates here!) and gourmet meal. You’ll also have the option to pre-purchase a gourmet picnic. What would we bring? #allofthecheese, naturally.
Unfortunately, because the land down under is a tad more strict than our European counrterparts when it comes to alcohol, you won’t be able to BYO. But, you can save the day by ordering wine and champagne ahead of time through Diner en Blanc’s website. You’ll be everyone’s favourite person, trust us.
The soiree begins after the traditional waving of the cloth napkin and from then on, it’s time to pop the champers, feast picnic-style and, as darkness falls, light the sparklers and party on to live music under the stars.
We’ve literally just woken up to news this morning so we’re still coming to terms with the fact that the world’s biggest secret picnic is coming to our little slice of Queensland. Been to a Diner en Blanc event in the past? Well, you’re already part of the exclusive club and will have first dibs on tickets for you and your friends.
For everyone else, which is probably most of you, you’re invited to pre-register interest now to get access to the ticket sales when they are released. Yep, these tickets will be a hot commodity and we expect you’ll be suffering a serious case of FOMO if you don’t nab a spot.
Diner en Blanc began in Paris in 1988 when Francois Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognise one another. More than 25 years later, over 10,000 Parisians participate each year. In 2009, the first ever export of Diner en Blanc took place in Montreal, followed by New York City in 2011. Diner en Blanc is now held in 60 cities in over 25 countries with more than 100,000 annual guests.
There were more than 20,000 people on waitlists for recent Diner en Blanc events in the capital cities, showing just how popular this event has become in Australia.
And now Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, it’s our turn. How freakin’ lucky are we?!
What: Diner En Blanc secret picnic, Fraser Coast
When: Saturday 28 October
Where: Top secret and revealed only hours before the event
How: Tickets are strictly limited and you’re invited to register here
Already mentally preparing for your picnic? Hit up these gourmet Sunshine Coast delis for all your picnic goodies.
Image credit: Diner en Blanc and The Urban List