Le Diner en Blanc, Johannesburg
Posted on 1 October, 2013
I was fortunate enough to be one of the 1400 or so people who got to experience the first ever Diner en Blanc in South Africa, which took place on Friday the 27th of September.This event, created by Francois Pasquier, began in France some 25 years ago and has become an international phenomenon ever since. The idea is simple: to bring hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people together all dressed in white to dine / picnic under the stars at a secret location. Literally everything is white from the table décor to the picnic baskets and accessories, hence the name, which translates to Dinner in White.
We convened at our meeting point where our bus was waiting to transport us to our secret location for the evening. To our surprise we turned in to the Military Museum and what a great setting it was: hundreds of white tables and chairs were lined up in front of the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War.
The other buses from various meeting points offloaded their elegant looking cargo and off we all went to find our seats (ours was located in Brisbane) and setup our tables with the décor and picnic utensils (absolutely no plastic-ware allowed) that we took with us. Once everyone was settled, the event was officially opened in the traditional French way by waving of a white ‘flag’ to mark the opening of the event. What ensued after that was a fantastic evening of eating, drinking, and generally being very merry that involved the lighting of sparklers (a Diner en Blanc tradition), as well as the releasing of hundreds of white balloons that we attached wishes to, and with all the live music acts, there was, of course, plenty of dancing.
Diner en Blanc is a truly stunning occasion so be sure to get your name on the waiting list for next year’s event because that is the only way to stand a chance of being part of this magical event.
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