Dîner en Blanc is Returning to Melbourne

The world’s most elegant and exclusive all-white party celebrates its 31st year in 2019, this time at an iconic undisclosed location in Melbourne.

Launched in Paris in 1988, Dîner en Blanc began as a ‘friends and word-of-mouth only’ event that has since grown into an internationally revered epicurean marvel celebrated annually on six continents around the globe. Decades after inception, guests continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends at the heart of one of their city’s most beautiful locations.

Everyone wears white (not beige, not greige, not off-white, not mushroom, nor egg-shell…white). And if you’re drinking, it best be a glass of French Champagne or vino in your hand. See you there…

“See me where?!” We don’t actually know…nobody does. And it’ll stay that way until a few hours before the event. What we do know is that it’s on Saturday 30th November, meaning for the first time ever it’ll be held amidst the flowers and festivities of Spring.

The evening often takes place in a public space that was not designed to accommodate a large number of drunken picnic-goers; and so, there’re lots of rules. It kind of adds to the exclusivity and refinement of the event though.

For example, if you want in, you must promise to ‘exude elegance’. Easier said than done for some people, but a good start would be to polish your white boots and declare a brief hiatus on your alliance to VB tinnies for the night. Bring some Wine or Champagne; beer and hard alcohol is prohibited.

Le Dîner en Blanc also requires its guests to commit to attending. That means rain, hail, or shine, you’re gonna be at the goddamn picnic. M’kay? And you’re gonna bloody enjoy yourself. Alright?

So, how can you attend? True to its roots, Le Dîner en Blanc remains a fairly exclusive operation. Guests must be a member or be sponsored by a member from the previous year, or they must sign up to official website’s waiting list. You can sign up here, or grovel to your mate for a plus one if they happen to be a member.