Last Thursday, a sea of nearly 1,400 white-clad picnickers flooded Fort York for the first annual Dîner en Blanc. Although Toronto did host a test run of the all-white flash-mob picnic last year, this was the first official launch of the dinner, which originated in Paris over 20 years ago. The event was clearly billed as rain-or-shine, and attendees—who arrived by foot and chartered bus to the secret location—saw plenty of the former. Still, they came by the dozen, carrying baskets filled with food, white dinnerware, white tables and white chairs.
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Last year, Suresh Doss helped organize a test run of Dîner en Blanc, the annual Paris-founded foodie event where diners show up at a secret location for a picnic-cum-flash mob, all clad in white. This year, Toronto will be hosting its first-ever official event, on August 9, at a location that will only be revealed right before the dinner itself. Diners are expected to bring their own picnic food, tables, chairs, napkins and glasses, and are instructed to leave the site in the condition they found it. Tickets are reserved for “close friends of the organization,” but for the less august, there’s a waiting list you can join. We imagine it’ll be a long one. [Dîner en Blanc]