• Richard and Melinda Kibukamusoke with Scott Hamley and Carol Scott

    Richard and Melinda Kibukamusoke with Scott Hamley and Carol Scott

  • Nicole Flaws and Naomi Dwyer

    Nicole Flaws and Naomi Dwyer

  • James and Kim Lamech

    James and Kim Lamech

  • Laura Harris and Donna Bush

    Laura Harris and Donna Bush

  • ....now where are we sitting?

    ....now where are we sitting?

  • Setting up at Rond Terrace

    Setting up at Rond Terrace

  • Liz Drummond

    Liz Drummond

  • Leroy and Shirley Stewart, Reshmi Cox-Brogan, Maureen Hancock, Shirlee Wilkinson and Graeme Shore

    Leroy and Shirley Stewart, Reshmi Cox-Brogan, Maureen Hancock, Shirlee Wilkinson and Graeme Shore

  • ....to the buses, tout de suite!

    ....to the buses, tout de suite!

  • Margaret Molloy and Ellen Pope

    Margaret Molloy and Ellen Pope

  • wrapped in plastic...Michelle and Mark Knight

    wrapped in plastic...Michelle and Mark Knight

  • Simone Hunter and Nathanial Bond

    Simone Hunter and Nathanial Bond

  • what rain....we're not moving!

    what rain....we're not moving!

  • The Canberra Centre alternative venue

    The Canberra Centre alternative venue

  • The Canberra Centre.....setting up again

    The Canberra Centre.....setting up again

  • Tero Blinnika, Marketing Manager of the Canberra Centre with Adelina La Vita of Events ACT

    Tero Blinnika, Marketing Manager of the Canberra Centre with Adelina La Vita of Events ACT

Diner en Blanc is the ever so stylish and elegant picnic event that started in Paris 25 years ago and for the second year is part of our Enlighten Festival. It has rules that add to the excitement with a secret location only revealed shortly before guests are transported there laden with the food, wine, tables, chairs and dining accoutrements.

And all guests must wear white. That gives some leeway for interpretation evidenced as the many shades of white swept down the steps to Rond Terrace in a gentle sprinkle of rain and the sounds of popping champagne corks. That was shortlived as the heavens opened and a rush for the buses by diners began while the organisers wisely decided to shift the event to the Canberra Centre.

In they swept in good humour and with new anticipation of a slightly delayed feast of food and fun in a space that looked quite white and right on the night. The waving of linen serviettes signified the start of dining, the balloons were left behind but the sparklers sparkled outside and despite the weather, Diner en Blanc was a success because of the enthusiasm and acceptance of diners to the experience. Enlightened indeed.