Dîner en Blanc served in the Jardin Saint-Roch

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To officially start the Dîner en Blanc, the 2,000 guests were invited to stand and wave their napkins in the air.

The picturesque Jardin Saint-Roch was invaded by some 2,000 people all dressed in white for the seventh annual Dîner en Blanc last Wednesday evening. 

Some 40 busloads of dinner guests, who had to bring their own picnic with them, including tablecloths and dinnerware, had no idea where they were headed when they boarded the buses at different locations around the city. 

The cavalcade drove right past the site at the corner of Rue de la Couronne and Boulevard Charest and parked under the Honoré-Mercier overpasses further down the street. Led by a bagpiper, also dressed entirely in white, guests walked a few blocks back to the park to set up their tables and chairs in orderly rows, according to the directives of the organizers. To accommodate 2,000 people, tables were also set up in Place de l’Université-du-Québec and on Rue Sainte-Hélène, which was closed to traffic for the event. 

This annual chic picnic, which started some 29 years ago in a park in Paris, has now spread to cities around the world.

The Quebec City organizers have limited the number of people to 2,000 and many have their names on a waiting list hoping for an opportunity to attend the next year. Previous dinner-goers have first priority to register. 

The chic diners had to bring all their own food with them. Some even brought a chandelier!  Photo by Shirley Nadeau 
Jean Nobert and Caroline Pageau, Karine Bergeron and Michael Bourguignon, Caroline Fournier and Andrew Greenfield wore their best whites to enjoy this year’s Dîner en Blanc.   Photo by Shirley Nadeau