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Caravan of white diners returns to Edmundston Aug. 23

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — On Thursday, Aug. 23, the world’s largest pop-up picnic and most sought-after secret returns to Edmundston for the annual Diner en Blanc d’Edmundston.

The legendary French-inspired elegant dinner party returns to Edmundston for one magical evening. Over 800 people dressed head-to-toe in white will descend upon a secret outdoor location in the city that will be revealed at the last minute.

The location will remain secret until minutes before the event is slated to start. Groups of several hundred people will gather at six meeting points across the city. Guided by Diner en Blanc volunteers, these groups will then converge on a beautiful outdoor settings in the city by 16 chartered buses.

Guest arrival and setup will begin at 7 p.m. Arriving with their own gourmet picnic, fine china and silverware, white table settings, white tables and chairs, guests will set up and display their creativity in table decoration.

At 7:30 p.m., to signal the official start of the dinner, all guests will wave their white linen napkins in the air. After the meal at about 8:45, guests will light sparklers to signal the opening of the dance floor.

Through the evening, guests will observe all-white fashion, original accessories like masks, fascinators, costumes, sumptuous food, elaborate decorative table settings and la joie de vivre.

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Diner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. On June 3rd, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment.  The Paris event now attracts over 10,000 people each year.

While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces.

For more info, photos and videos of Le Diner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.

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