Diner en Blanc Okanagan - A Sold Out Success Story
Last year 600 guests, dressed in white, descended on ‘The Pointe’ in Kelowna’s City Park and this July 10th a staggering 850 guests will take over an undisclosed public space, creating a spectacle now held annually in 60 cities around the globe.
With this large number of attendees, and a growth of over 40% from last year, organizers Christina Ferreira, Impact Events and Alison Love, Spatula Media + Communications rank it as one of the largest food & wine events in the valley and a definite summer hit!
True to tradition ‘ Diner en Blanc’ will see groups of 100 – 300 people gather in specific rallying points in Kelowna and Penticton. These groups will then converge on one of the most beautiful settings in the valley. Guests are asked to dress elegantly in white, from head to toe, bring their own picnic basket, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and a white tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music, and dancing. Visually breathtaking moments include the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance. When the trumpet call sounds the end of the evening, guests pack up their crystal, dinnerware and tables, pick up all their litter and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.
Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo, Penticton and Basket Case Picnics, Kelowna are both providing beautifully prepared three-course meals for those who choose not to cook taking some of the planning stress off the guests. Many guests prefer to pair up with friends each preparing a course and creating a picnic potluck dinner party. Guests will also enjoy wines from Haywire Winery.
Key rules of the event
- Dîner en BlancÒ is unique due to its requirements. The seating layout on the public site is very specific and the site chosen is typically in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where diners can “see and be seen.”
- To participate, guests must be invited by a member from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list.
- Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event goes ahead rain or shine.
- Colour of attire and table setting: white only.
- Participants arrive and depart by chartered bus or organized public transit.
- Guests leave with their belongings, leftovers and litter, leaving the place as clean as it was when they arrived.
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