On Saturday 11 October, around 2,000 Brisbane funsters met at a secret location to eat, drink, dance, and make merry for Diner en Blanc 2014.
Diner en Blanc is the world’s most elegant pop-up dining event. Guests clad all in white gather together to travel to a secret location – unknown to all but a handful of people until the moment of arrival – where they set up tables and chairs, white linen and crockery and enjoy delicious food and exceptional company under the stars.
Diner en Blanc happens in over 50 cities all around the world, including 6 locations around Australia. It is a visually spectacular event and equally as fun! As ridiculous as it may seem to demand guests carry and wear nothing but white, the effect is stunning. See the Diner en Blanc international website for some photos of events around the world.
This year’s secret location was…Roma Street Parklands!
Diner en Blanc is a wonderful shared celebration of urban space and life’s pleasures. Once you are at the location, there is no ceremony. Everyone sets up and settles down for a great night with friends, chatting to new friends sitting next to you and savouring the atmosphere of the evening.
I volunteer as a Table or Bus Leader for Diner en Blanc. This year I was lucky to have a few friends, some of whom came last year, join me and be on my table. Arriving in the late afternoon light, we quickly set up and enjoyed a glass of sparkling and the delicious home-made picnic we shared.
The evening ‘formally’ begins with the napkin wave at 6:30. At 8:30 pm the night lights up as all 2,000 diners light sparklers and the scene glows. After that, everyone who wasn’t up already gets out of their seats to circulate, snaps photos of the beautiful surrounds and hit the dance floor!
The DJ this year was terrific, playing a great mix of recent favourites and old classics everyone knew and could groove to. The wall of stairs above the dance floor filled up with dancers clapping and singing – you can see a few videos on the DeB Brisbane facebook page. This was my third year at Diner en Blanc and the dance floor is one of my favourite aspects of the night. Innocent, spacious, fun and frivolous, it’s how you want every dance floor to be.
We had a wonderful night dining and dancing, and I think everyone there enjoyed themselves. The vibe was overwhelmingly positive and celebratory, a true spirit of shared enjoyment.
Diner en Blanc is growing to be a real highlight of the Brisbane social calendar. Thank you to all of the volunteers who put in so much hard work to make this event happen and particularly to organisers Amy and Brooke. I can’t wait to be involved again next year!
If you would like to attend future Diner en Blanc events, register your interest through the website. You can also follow the Facebook page. Volunteers are always welcome and call-out happens several months before the event.
You can also read my wrap up of the first Diner en Blanc in Brisbane in 2012.