Get ready for Le Dîner en Blanc

The world’s most elegant picnic celebrates five years in the Okanagan.

A leading summer event in Paris for nearly 30 years, this elegant and secret affair is now well on its way to becoming the summer tradition in the Okanagan.

On Thursday, July 6 , Le Dîner en Blanc – Okanagan celebrates its fifth anniversary. The hosts are already hard at work preparing another magical night for their guests.

Year after year thousands of white-clad guests descend upon one of the city most prestigious public space becomes more extraordinary for guests and passerby alike.

“Le Dîner en Blanc – Okanagan is one of the most anticipated events of the summer season and quickly sells out with many guests who have not missed a year. We are part of their annual calendar” states host Christina Ferreira.

“We are excited that in this our fifth anniversary year, we are taking our guests to a part of the Okanagan Valley that has not yet experienced the magic of Diner en Blanc” hints host Alison Love. “Each year we are challenged to discover a hidden gem of the valley and this year we travelled to many locations seeking the perfect spot for 2017.”

Participation to this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; and Phase 3 is for people who signed up on the waiting list. For a chance to be part of this milestone event, register now on the waiting list at

To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as staying true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:

Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.

Dress code: Head-to-toe in elegant and white only attire. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.

Table setting: All white.

Drinks: Wine and Champagne. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.

As per B.C. alcohol regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy some wine, must reserve online through the Dîner en Blanc’s e-store. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.

To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a volunteer.

In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.

Guests must bring:

  • A table, two white chairs, white tablecloth.
  • A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
  • A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online must reserve online through the Dîner en Blanc’s e-store.

For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, visit

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