On Saturday night, 3000 people descended on Bondi Beach for the highly sought-after “secret” picnic, Dîner en Blanc.
This global phenomenon started from humble beginnings in Paris 25 years ago, now attracts tens of thousands of people across five continents and claims the title of the world’s largest secret dinner party.
Doubling its numbers from last year’s inaugural Sydney event, the intriguing dinner treated foodies and cultural enthusiasts to an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. True to tradition, guests gathered at meeting points all across Sydney to have the secret dinner location revealed to them at the very last moment.
Guests dressed in white from head to toe, supplied their own epicurean feasts, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloths to create the spectacular white scene on Bondi Beach. Over the course of the evening, the chic picnic-goers dined and celebrated amid live music from DJ’s Jimmy 2 Sox, Tim Fuchs and Graz.
Breathtaking moments included the waving of cloth napkins to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers signaling participants are free to circulate, mingle and dance. When it was time to leave, guests packed up their dinnerware and tables, picked up all their litter and headed into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.