Discover all you need to know about Dîner en Blanc

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Dîner en Blanc started nearly 30 years ago in Paris, with François Pasquier and a cou­ple of friends.

It be­gan as a strictly word-of-mouth event but, to­day, more than 10,000 guests as­sem­ble at se­cret lo­ca­tions in Paris ev­ery year, with a record 15,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing the 25th an­niver­sary in 2013.

Dîner en Blanc has been held at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions and now it’s Toowoomba’s turn to shine.

On Oc­to­ber 20, thou­sands of peo­ple will get to­gether for the in­au­gu­ral Dîner en Blanc Toowoomba pic­nic.

This event is a chic, all-white pic­nic held in a pub­lic space, with tick­ets avail­able from $50 per per­son.

The lo­ca­tion will be re­vealed to guests at the last pos­si­ble minute, with guests trav­el­ling there by pub­lic and char­tered trans­port (ar­ranged be­fore­hand), then set­ting up their tables for the pic­nic of a life­time.

Guests get to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty and value of the cho­sen pub­lic space in a way no­body else will; free of dis­rup­tion – there will be no car or pedes­trian traf­fic!

Once their tables are set up and their nap­kins have been waived in the air to sig­nal the start of the pic­nic, guests will en­joy their de­li­cious meals and await the open­ing of the dance floor (this is done by guests wav­ing sparklers in the air).

What can be more mag­i­cal than din­ner and danc­ing un­der the stars?

The event bor­rows from French court so­ci­ety and, as such, sev­eral cour­te­sies re­main — for in­stance, men and women are seated on op­po­site sides of their tables, with all the men on the same side and all the women on the op­po­site side.

Due to the na­ture of the event, there are a cou­ple of rules.

Guests must be dressed com­pletely in white and their pic­nic basket, ta­ble cloth, chairs, nap­kins, crock­ery and so on, must all be white.

The dress code is el­e­gant and guests are re­quired to con­duct them­selves with the great­est deco­rum, el­e­gance and eti­quette.

Dîner en Blanc is a rain or shine event and, once con­firmed, each guest’s par­tic­i­pa­tion be­comes manda­tory, re­gard­less of weather con­di­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the of­fi­cial web­site at www.dineren­blanc.com, or fol­low the Toowoomba event on Face­book.

THE PARISIAN SE­CRET PIC­NIC COM­ING TO TOOWOOMBA

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