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Cheers to 10 years: Okanagan’s Le Diner en Blanc returns

Le Diner en Blanc celebrates its 10th anniversary on July 11
Brent Laing of West Kelowna waves a napkin at the fifth annual Le Dner en Blanc Thursday, at Quails’ Gate Winery. (File photo)

The secrecy surrounding Le Diner en Blanc in the Okanagan is part of the appeal for guests who can’t wait to find out where they will be dining during the hyped-up social gathering.

This year there is no secret behind the fact the event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on July 11.

Guests will still be kept in the dark about the location of the dinner, however, they can start planning on what white outfit to wear.

Le Diner en Blanc in Okanagan hosts Okanagan Christina Ferreira and Alison Love, said the event brings together lovers of gastronomy, fashion and spontaneity.

“This ‘Diner’ affordable yet refined, is an experience in and of itself. The nine prior editions have all taken place in some of the most popular locations of Kelowna such as Stuart Park, Father Pandosy Mission, and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery,” they said.

This year a site will be chosen by Ferreira and Love that is said to be majestic and surprising, to celebrate with all the “pomp and circumstance”.

“It’s not just about the elegance and grandeur of the event, but the shared sense of community and celebration that has grown over the years. Cheers to a decade of unforgettable memories under the stars of the Okanagan sky,” said Love.

To participate in the event there are a few rules:

• Dress code: head-to-toe in white only. Elegance and Originality are key!

• Table setting: all white!

• In the French-influenced event only wine and/or Champagne are served.

•As per Kelowna alcohol regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy wine or Champagne must reserve online through Le Diner en Blanc’s e-store. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.

• To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until the last minute, guests meet at the assigned departure location and are escorted by a Diner en Blanc volunteer.

• The event location is left as clean as when guests arrived, they are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers, and litter.

Guests are to bring:

• A table, two white chairs, white tablecloth.

• A picnic basket comprising fine food, proper stemware and white dinnerware.

•A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on-site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Le Diner en Blanc’s e-store.

People can sign up now by visiting and clicking on the register tab.

Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.
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