Frenchie Friday: Diner en Blanc

Posted by Heather on Jun 14, 2013 in FRENCHIE FRIDAYS |

dinerenblanc5 This has to be about the coolest freakin’ thing I’ve ever seen! Participants dress in white finery, pack un pique-nique stuffed with foodie delights and wine, and dine at a TOP SECRET location each year. Invitees don’t discover where the event is held until afternoon on the scheduled day. They share their goodies, listen to bands, and mingle until midnight. This year, over 15,000 foodies showed! It’s an annual celebration and this year marks the 25th birthday.

The popularity of Diner en Blanc has spread to other countries in Europe, England, as well as the U.S. and Canada. (Though, I’ve never seen this mentioned in American press, have you?). But—this does not surprise me at all—Paris is the grandest, most spectacular event each year. Bien sûr!


  • To be a guest, you must have attended the previous year OR be invited by a participant of the current year
  • Arrive by public transport
  • Pack your own food, wine, and wares, in addition to folding chairs.
  • Men and women sit on opposite sides of the table
  • No one at the table may sit and begin until your entire row is set up
  • If you fail to attend for some reason, you won’t be invited backdinerenblanc1
  • Clean up your garbage


Someone please invite me!! I’m just dying to attend this! Hoppers from Beth Fish’s #Weekend Cooking, are you with me on this? Is there an amazing foodie event you’ve attended? Please share!






















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Jun 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Damn! That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing that. Off to search for more info for when I can actually travel again :-)

Beth F
Jun 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

What fun!!!!! I’d love to attend too.

Jun 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

Incredible! I’m so with you! Let’s go!

Diane (bookchickdi)
Jun 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

They do this in NYC every year and my SIL and I have always wanted to go.

Jun 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

Diane, I’ve never heard of it in NYC! I need to find my way onto that list…*plots*

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)
Jun 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

I just heard about a documentary of this event. Apparently it’s coming out sometime this year. Here’s the Facebook page for it:

Jun 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thanks, Joy! I’ll check it out. :)

Jun 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

Great event. I need to read up on this.

JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
Jun 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

What fun!!! Need to see if I can get an invite 😉

Jun 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

What a fantastic event. I haven’t heard of anything quite like this in NZ. Cheers



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