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Diners told meal will be all white on the night

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It is the dining equivalent of a flash mob, a spectacle that promises to be the most elegant mass picnic this city has ever seen.

There is a secret location, pop-up decor, music, fine food, and absolutely everything, including the guests, draped in glamorous, gleaming white.

So don't forget your napkin.

The Diner en Blanc, described as a ''flash feast'', is coming to Canberra as part of the Enlighten Festival in March.

Guests register their interest, and are then invited to several meeting points, before being taken by bus to a mystery location, typically a public space with stunning views and atmosphere.

The feast then begins, with guests setting up their own tables and chairs and unloading their picnics.


The concept has attracted thousands of people across the world, including the US, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Britain and Spain.

It began over 20 years ago in France, when a group of friends wore white at a picnic to welcome Francois Pasquier, who is credited with creating the event, home from a long stint overseas.

Diner en Blanc has since exploded in popularity, and the Parisian version now boasts an attendance of 15,000 people each year.

Events ACT marketing and communications manager, Adelina La Vita, said the Canberra Diner en Blanc was set to be a ''wonderful experience'', with organisers hoping for about 900 people.

''It's about getting together and celebrating together,'' Ms La Vita said.

''It's a fashion event as well, and it's about dressing as originally as you can … as long as it stays stylish and has that air of elegance,'' she said.

The Diner en Blanc has already been held in Brisbane and Sydney, making Canberra the third Australian destination.

Organisers are now taking registrations for the event, which will be held on Saturday, March 2, the second day of the Enlighten Festival.

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