A living mannequin was on display as part of the fifth annual Okanagan Le Dîner en Blanc at Quails’ Gate Winery, Thursday night. - Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Updated: Guests clad in white head to Quails’ Gate

The fifth Le Dîner en Blanc was held at the winery Thursday in Kelowna

The secret was unveiled.

The fifth annual Le Dîner en Blanc was held at Quails’ Gate Winery and had around 1,100 participants Thursday night.

Clad in white, residents and visitors of the Okanagan sipped wine and enjoyed a taste of France with French music, as the event originated in Paris.

One Vancouver resident made the trip to Kelowna’s event but has attended them in Whistler and plans to one day make it to Paris.

“Look at the view,” said Terry Whin-Yates, pointing to Okanagan Lake. “My favourite is between here and Whistler.”

Tickets sold out for the event, said co-producer Christina Ferreira.

The Wink Eye Wear gelatino bar is new this year, as well as the living mannequins, she said.

“It’s our largest event… we are maximizing all space available to us today,” she said.

Guests snapped selfies and photos with the mannequins throughout the evening.

Many guests also participated in the picnic in previous years.

For Central Okanagan resident Shelley Twerdochib, it was her second time.

She said it makes for a perfect date night with the beautiful surroundings and it’s a chance to dress up.

“It’s the secret location, it’s the fun night, it’s the fact that everyone is dressed in white just brings this togetherness,” said Ferreira.

The picnic is Okanagan wide, having guests bused from Penticton and Vernon, she said.

Year after year thousands of white-clad guests descend upon one of the city’s most prestigious public spaces.

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Angela Kirbyson and Nicole Oaten get their photo taken at the fifth annual Okanagan Le Dîner en Blanc at Quails’ Gate Winery, Thursday. - Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

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