Le Diner en Blanc Melbourne 2023
The world's poshest picnic is back in Melbourne for another round — and it'll only let you in if you're wearing white.
November 18, 2022
"Your nose like a delicious slope of cream / And your ears like cream flaps / And your teeth like hard shiny pegs of cream." Le Diner en Blanc — like Howard Moon's poem — will have you in all white. But sorry, Booshers: this Melbourne event is just for the sophisticated.
Now popping up all around the world, the Diner en Blanc began in Paris more than three decades ago thanks to François Pasquier and friends. And in 2023, Melbourne's creme de la creme will once again dress in all-white on Saturday, February 18 and flock along, with the event held at a predictably stunning location — which remains secret until the very last moment.
Following an evening of elegance, fine dining and live music, the 2000-plus foodies then pack up their crystal, dinnerware, tables, chairs and litter. Like ghosts (white 'n' all), they leave behind no sign of their rendezvous. That said, don't get any ideas — a white sheet thrown over your figure will not do for an outfit.
Le Diner en Blanc guests must either be invited by a member from the previous event or get on the waiting list for a ticket — with the latter open for registrations now.
And, if you're wondering what the event entails — other than eating, drinking, and wearing white and white only — you'll need to bring a table and two white chairs with you, as well as your own picnic basket, glassware, white tablecloth and white dinnerware. You can order a catered picnic, though, if you'd prefer to travel a little lighter. Drinks-wise, you'll either need to opt for wine or champagne ordered via the event's e-store, or be content with bringing your own non-alcoholic beverages.
Wondering where Le Diner en Blanc might pop up this time? In past Melbourne outings, it has brought its all-white setup to Docklands, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Birrarung Marr.
Images: Mark Peterson Photography.