Event Of The Week: Diner En Blanc
Four thousand-odd people all frocked up in white and descending upon a secret field… no, it’s not a creepy child-bride cult mass wedding. It’s Diner en Blanc!
Last Saturday saw the popular picnic’s third iteration in Sydney and it was pretty gosh darn amazing. I say gosh darn because that just feels like the type of language one should use when one is talking about people dressed in white tuxedos. Speaking of which… I would genuinely like more reasons to wear a white tuxedo. I felt like Bianca Jagger mashed up with David Bowie combined with just a hint of Christina Aguilera. Sure by the end of the night I was covered in red wine, grass and foie gras stains, but hey… #firstworldproblems
Part of the fun of the whole thing is that the location isn’t revealed until an hour before the event is due to kick off. Will it be under a bridge? On a beach? Oh, the suspense! This year, Centennial Park got the nod. Walking through the paper bark tree tunnel to get to McKay Field was almost ethereal. Like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, I remarked at the time. Which was quite perspicacious it turns out, because the first thing that greeted us in the meadow were five colossal white rabbits. And Piper-Heidsieck champagne. And a male model. You know, regular picnic stuff.
Dinner is kicked off with the waving of white napkins and concludes with the waving of sparklers. Basically having a few thousand people wave things in the air looks pretty cool.
This is one of those events where you end up feeling like everyone’s your best friend by the end of the night. Especially once you join them in syncronised skipping with an illuminated jump-rope on the dance floor. It’s basically like the wedding you always wanted to have but couldn’t quite pull off.
It’s fair to say I’ll be back next year.
Blanc is the new black, darling.