This is very exciting news. Dîner en Blanc is coming to Asia, and Singapore will be the FIRST Asian City to host this prestigious world-renown viral secret pop-up picnic. The date is set to be 30th August 2012, which is next Thursday!
Simply said, this is a classy picnic where everybody turns up in white at a ‘secret location’. Dîner en Blanc first started in 1988 Paris, where the creator François Pasquier asked attendees to convene at the Bois de Boulogne dressed in white so they could all ﬁnd each other. This eventually became a must-go, world’s most viral outdoor food & party event which has taken place at Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Munich, Zürich, Berlin, Montreal, New York, and now Singapore.
Now, visualise a thousand Singaporeans and friends coming together to enjoy a meal together, with a beautiful evening skyline behind, dressed in a sea of white (yet not showing support for any political party) – all chic, clean and sophisticated. This is a Singapore I have never imagined, very dreamlike, yet coming true.
How does it work?
Only at the last minute will the ‘secret location’ be revealed, and the thousands of invitees will come dressed in WHITE, with their picnic basket, tables and chairs (all MUST be WHITE), and enjoy the mass chic picnic together in a public space. Will Singaporeans stick to the dress code? (Note that you will be rejected entry if you don’t.)
I want to go to Dîner en Blanc. How?
Like the Parisian version, the only way to attend is to score an invite from a friend, and to know someone who is attending. Registration is already super full.
Where is it going to be held?
As I mentioned, the location is kept secret and even attendees like myself would only find out that day. BUT to find a scenic location in Singapore that can house more than 1000 people, my guesses are Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay area, or Marina Bay Sands. My guess is as good as anybody else.
What are the rules?
The organisers are strict. If you are invited and not attending, you would be kicked off the guest list (like forever). You have to bring your own white foldable tables and chairs. The food must be eaten off proper plates and cutlery (such as fine china) and NOT plastic cutlery and paper plates. The organisers want to be environmentally friendly. Only wine and champagne are allowed, and beer and hard alcohol are prohibited.
What to wear?
I don’t think the ladies are going to have much problem with wearing white. BUT the guys are going to have a lot of problem… wearing white pants. How many of you guys own a pair of white pants? Own up! (Other than the PAP folks) After you do find a pair, please do not wear bright coloured underwear (resist your temptation of wearing red undies). My advice is to wear light coloured tight fitting boxer briefs and going commando is really the worst option ever.
What WHITE food to bring?
Good question. While the Parisians probably indulged in their platters of classy white canapés, here’s a list of White food you can consider bringing, Singapore style of course. Let’s be a little bit creative.
1. Smooth Beancurd Tau Hway (Available Lao Ban Beancurd Old Airport Road / One Raffles Place)
2. Mini Teochew Handmade Pau (Available Teochew Handmade Pau Toa Payoh Lor 1)
3. Cheese Raisin Buns (Available Barcook Bakery Clarke Quay Central)
4. Xiao Long Bao (Available at Shanghai Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant Plaza Singapura)
5. Ipoh Chee Chiong Fun (Available Fan Play Savouries Carrefour Suntec)
6. Mega Fishball Soup (Available Top 73+1 Handmade Fishball Noodle Singapore Food Trail)
7. White Hainanese Chicken Rice (Available Tian Tian Maxwell Hawker)
8. White Bee Hoon (Available Red Hill Food Centre)
9. Chwee Kueh (Available Tiong Bahru Jian Bo Chwee Kueh)
10. Kueh Tu Tu (Available Tan’s Tutu Clementi / Ion Orchard)
11. Soon Kueh (Available Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh Tiong Bahru)
12. Popiah (Available Ann Chin Popiah Chinatown)
Wanted to bring Snow White Milk Gelato but think it will melt before I reach there. Anyway, I am just kidding about the White Food part. You can any bring coloured-food, just no paper plates and disposibles. If you are thinking of bringing ‘hawker’ food, do eat them off proper plates in the ‘right’ presentation.
So now, are you ready for le pique-nique on 30 August?