Dîner en Blanc Sydney 2012

Oh what a night. Sydney played host to the inaugural, spectacular and mysterious white dinner, Dîner en Blanc at an iconic location on Saturday, 27 October. About 1,500 guests dressed in all-white converged at a secret spot which was only revealed on arrival.

Various departure points around Sydney were allocated with a table leader coordinating transport. The Rose Bay Ferry Wharf was coloured in white as guests arrived and waited in anticipation. Once on board, the ferry travelled in the direction of the city and when it reached Circular Quay, the mystery location was revealed in a surreal moment: the lawn in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art was dressed tout en blanc.

Meeting point: Rose Bay ferry wharf
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Checking in at Rose Bay ferry wharf
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The first sighting of the secret location from the ferry
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Champagne Pol Roger flowed all night...
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The media table
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Waving of the serviettes
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Tribute to Julian Assange
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The picnic hamper
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The customary lighting of the sparklers
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At the media table, Champagne Pol Roger flowed generously throughout the evening. Picnic hampers with delicious paté, cheese, chicken, salad and fresh fruit were shared between two persons. At 7.15 pm, the waving of the white serviettes, a Dîner en Blanc tradition, symbolised the official start of the impromptu picnic in Sydney.

Around 9.00pm, in another Dîner en Blanc tradition, sparklers were lit up all at once. The inaugural dinner lasted until approximately 10pm, after which guests disappeared without a trace. The after-party was held at Hemmesphere.

Dîner en Blanc was launched by a group of friends more than 20 years ago in Paris with the event now bringing together more than 10,000 people each year to some of the world’s biggest cities including New York, Barcelona, Mexico City and Singapore. Dîner en Blanc Sydney is part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival and  is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.

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Dîner en Blanc Sydney was held on Saturday, 27 October 2012 in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Gourmantic attended the event as media guests.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.