This weekend saw Melbourne’s iconic Docklands location immersed in white, as 1500 elegant picnic goers gathered for the city’s second annual ‘Dîner en Blanc’.
The dining concept was first introduced in Paris, France, when a group of friends gathered at a public outdoor setting to enjoy food, wine and company, while dressed exclusively in white. The ‘Dîner en Blanc’ concept has since spread around the world, with presence in over 50 cities.
On Saturday night, those who were successful in the online ballot met at various pick up locations around the city, ready to flash-gather at the secret Melbourne location. They were taken to the picturesque Docklands waterfront, where fairy lights, a DJ stage and a make shift dance floor awaited their arrival. Guests were asked to bring their own two seater table and chairs, and a white tablecloth to maintain the colour palette. The result was an Instagrammer’s dream.
The sea of chic white diners rose at 7.30pm for the napkin wave, a long standing ‘Dîner en Blanc’ tradition, which signals the commencement of the dinner. The guests were asked to bring their own three-course meal and, in keeping the luxurious atmosphere, it was expected that only good quality food and wine be consumed.
At 9pm, each invitee received a giant sparkler and was asked to light them in unison. Docklands was ablaze, with the brilliant gold embers a stark contrast against the endless white. This dazzling scene indicated the opening of the dance floor.
The picnickers were treated to DJ sets as entertainment, with Melbourne singer Chloe Maggs the headline act.
After the event finished, guests packed up their tables and took home their rubbish in a supplied bag, leaving no evidence that Docklands Waterfront was briefly home to a 1500 strong impromptu ‘chic picnic’.
The next Australian adaption of ‘Dîner en Blanc’ is to be held in Perth on March 19th, with the location- as tradition dictates- to remain secret until just hours before.