Unique dining event brings massive pop-up picnic to Halifax
A unique dining experience is coming to Halifax this summer, but some of the event details are being kept secret.
Diner en Blanc is a social, culinary experience that has taken off in cities around the world.
The global event combines food, friends, and fashion, with an added element of mystery.
“Diner en Blanc is a mass pop-up picnic,” says Diner en Blanc co-host Michelle Brisson.
The picnic is held in a secret location that won’t be revealed until the day of the event.
“When guests register online, before they complete the registration process, they choose one of five departure points around the city and the day of the event they'll meet their group leader and that group leader will take them to the site,” says Brisson. “So it's literally, as people are walking onto the site, is when the location is revealed.”
Guests are required to bring their own chairs, dishes, and table decorations, with the option of bringing food, or pre-ordering a traditional French picnic from a Halifax charcuterie.
“The event started in Paris and we're a French charcuterie…it's a natural fit, it's perfect,” says local charcuterie co-owner Tom Crilley. “All of our baskets have bread that we make here every day; there's side courses, there's dessert.”
And, it wouldn’t be a French-themed event without wine.
“It's going to be the middle of August, so we wanted our white wines to be nice and fresh and crisp,” says Diner en Blanc contributor Matt Rogers. “So we have a Sauvignon Blanc and Chablis and on the red side, we wanted medium-bodied, so nice and fruity.”
The food and wine are a big draw, but what really sets the event apart is the attire. Everyone who attends is required to wear white.
Diner en Blanc originated in Paris 26 years ago when a man organized a picnic at a park as a chance to meet up with old friends. He told them all to wear white so they would know who was a part of their group.
Since then, 60 cities around the world have hosted the event, including Edmundston, N.B. This will be Nova Scotia’s first Diner en Blanc.
“I think this is a great thing for Halifax,” says Crilley. “You know, it's another step towards this food scene here that's just exploding.”
The event is set to take place Aug. 23. There are 1,000 spots available.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Alyse Hand