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Dîner en Blanc

It's the worldwide event, originating in France, in which people donning white get-ups gather in a secret public location to set up a snazzy, pop-up dining area.

Perceived by some as pretentious, Dîner en Blanc cops its fair share of flack – but try finding a guest that hasn’t a stellar night.

If the word-of-mouth rumour mill has done its job and you’re scouring the shops for white goods, we’ve done the research to help you get the most out of your experience.


Tina Kievit has attended all three events in Darwin – these are her top tips for the self-catered, top-shelf affair.

Don’t underestimate how thirsty you’ll be…
One bottle of wine is never going to be enough and, if you don’t finish a second, you can take it home. Keep in mind your friends may under-cater on the wine front, so a spare bottle won’t go astray.

Don’t buy everything new.
There are so many good op shops and second-hand stores that specifically target white in the lead up to the event. You don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Bring items that have a multi-use.
If you have a container for food, use it for ice (which is provided) once it’s empty.

Do a practice run.
It helped my group nail it the first time we went, and we found out what works and what doesn’t work. Plus, it was a fun night out – any excuse for a night with good food and wine.

Plan ahead with mates.
Make sure you book the same departure point and team leader to ensure you’re on the same table. Also, split the catering – divvy up which of you brings entree, mains or dessert.

Drop your inhibitions.
Don’t be embarrassed or think it’s pretentious. If you let your guard down, you’ll have a good time, and Darwinians sure know how to have a good time!


Photo: Paz Tassone

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