Canberra’s second dinner in white will see up to 1000 people dine in a spectacular secret location, but everyday shoppers had a glimpse of what was to come at the Canberra Centre on Tuesday.

Dressed in crisp white – like the elegant dinner table they ate from – eight people came together to launch this year’s Le Dîner en Blanc. Waving their linen napkins to signal readiness to eat, the guests were promoting the March 8 pop-up picnic which is again set to provide a visual feast, 26 years after the first event in Paris.

Enlighten marketing and communications manager Adelina La Vita said the ‘strictly white’ event – where guests abide by detailed regulations on what to wear, and bring their own tables, chairs and dinnerware – was the perfect combination of fashion, food and fun.

“Because of the strict rules, by the time the night comes everyone is in a jovial mood,” Ms La Vita said.

“And everyone is having that shared experience, so it’s quite brilliant.”

Like the nearly 800 diners who united in front of the National Library on the lake foreshore last year, patrons will be told the location 30 minutes before the event.

While 2013 attendees are automatically re-invited and can ask their friends, others interested are encouraged to register on a waiting list at canberra.dinerenblanc.info.