Part of the Crave festival just ended, this promised to be a Sydney dining event like no other. The waiting crowd at the ferry wharf, all resplendent in white against the shimmering water on Saturday afternoon, was visibly excited and well prepared.
|Crowds dressed in white for Dîner en Blanc Sydney|
Never have I seen so many men in white suits and ladies in outfits ranging from casual white tees with white jeans and sun dresses, to chic cocktail dresses and full-blown gowns.
|Crowds dressed in white and all prepared|
|Boarding the ferry at Rose Bay wharf|
|Dîner en Blanc in front of the MCA|
It was only as we pulled around the Sydney Opera House that a sea of white in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) was revealed to us – and what a sight.
|Dîner en Blanc Sydney on the MCA lawn|
I’m not sure if they were expecting a celebrity wedding over an all-white picnic dinner party, but they were all suitably impressed with the collective efforts of Dîner en Blanc Sydney already.
|Entering Dîner en Blanc Sydney|
|Dîner en Blanc DJ|
|White table settings|
|Long white tables|
|Champagne Pol Roger|
|Our table setting|
|The white crowd amasses|
|Waving white napkins in the air|
|Waving napkins in the air|
|Food hamper by JOHNANDPETER caterinf|
It was also ideal with the Old Telegraph Road Jackson’s Track uber-stinky washed rind, which was too tempting to be left as a cheese course with the pear and fantastic, whole wheat Misura crackers. Raw breakfast radishes with tops left on was the height of sophistication, eaten with Lescure butter and bread.
I almost couldn’t look at the large salted caramel macaron for all the leftover chicken, although the stinky cheese survived the cab ride home.
|Tables of white|
|The white dinner|
|Sparklers in celebration|
Imagine 1,500 sparklers in the air, waved about with joy and glee by the most sophisticated and elegant gathering I think I may have ever seen.
|Sparklers in the air|
As it headed towards 10pm, white picnickers started to make moves, packing up their white furniture and dissipating into the dark night. Duos and groups of white moved in an outward radius from the spot that was hours earlier a party in full swing, and even earlier, just a lawn in front of a museum.
With a glimmer of white in our eyes and white outfits at the ready, we’ll be waiting eagerly for next year’s Dîner en Blanc Sydney.
See more photos on my Facebook page and the official Dîner en Blanc Sydney video from the night below.
Food, booze and shoes attended Dîner en Blanc Sydney as a guest of Liquid Ideas.